Fire Technology Program Overview
The Fire Technology Program consists of three areas of fire service training; Fire Academy, Fire Technology AAS degree, and Continuing Education courses. These programs are designed to build upon each other toward a career in the fire service.
The Fire Academy provides the opportunity to receive certification in basic fire suppression with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, i.e. Basic Firefighter.
The Fire Academy is the first semester of the AAS degree and provides the opportunity to receive Basic Fire Suppression certification with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), which is required in order to be a career firefighter in Texas, and 24 credit hours towards the AAS degree.
Subsequent semesters in the AAS degree in Fire Technology include advanced courses that prepare firefighters for first level supervision in a fire department and provide the opportunity to obtain advanced certifications from the TCFP.
Continuing Education courses provide training opportunities for career and volunteer firefighters and industry. A variety of courses are offered for career firefighters to obtain additional advanced certifications with the TCFP. A Professional Development course is available for students who need to complete CE hours required by the TCFP to maintain certification.
The State Firefighters and Fire Marshal’s Association Firefighter I curriculum is offered as initial volunteer firefighter training. A variety of weekend courses are available through the Summer Smoke program for veteran volunteer firefighters.
Select the appropriate link from the menu on the right to obtain detailed information regarding each program. Contact information is provided below the menu for the Fire Technology Director and program Administrative Assistants.