Fire Academy

Fire Academy Overview

Fire Academy Courses

Lives can change in an instant, and the COM Fire Academy prepares students to handle emergencies at a moment’s notice.

The Fire Academy curriculum is based on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Basic Fire Suppression Curriculum Manual, which includes classroom lectures and activities, hands-on firefighter skills training and physical education training. The Fire Academy consists of 24 credit hours and 640 contact hours. The curriculum contains the following courses:

  • FIRS 1401, Firefighter Certification I
  • FIRS 1407, Firefighter Certification II
  • FIRS 1313, Firefighter Certification III
  • FIRS 1319, Firefighter Certification IV
  • FIRS 1323, Firefighter Certification V
  • FIRS 1329, Firefighter Certification VI
  • FIRS 1433, Firefighter Certification VII

From a Student

“The academy put being in good shape back in my grasp. They gave me all the tools I need. No other job I’ve had has this camaraderie. I feel like I’m part of a brotherhood.”

-Justin Napoli, Texas City Fire Department

Basic Fire Suppression Certification

Students who successfully complete the Fire Academy can take the TCFP’s fire suppression certification examination. Students who pass the examination are eligible to apply for basic fire suppression certification if they have completed an approved medical first responder course. See the TCFP’s Standards Manual, Chapter 423.1, Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel for details.

Note: Basic fire suppression certification is required by the state of Texas in order to be a career firefighter, i.e. paid firefighter.

Day Fire Academy

The Day Fire Academy is a traditional classroom-based course and students complete all curriculum and skills during class. However, the curriculum is Web-enhanced, and students are required to complete assignments and chapter tests online.

Offered in the fall and spring semesters, the Day Fire Academy is 16 weeks and meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Night Fire Academy

The Night Fire Academy is a two-semester program containing two separate academies: Firefighter I and Firefighter II. These academies are also Web-enhanced, and students study the online curriculum and complete assignments and chapter tests online. Evening classes consist of reviewing the online curriculum and preparing for skills training, completed primarily on Saturdays and evenings as weather permits.

Firefighter I Academy, Fall Semester

The Firefighter I Academy covers the TCFP curriculum and skills for Firefighter I, which include the following courses:

FIRS 1401, Firefighter Certification I
FIRS 1407, Firefighter Certification II
FIRS 1313, Firefighter Certification III
FIRS 1319, Firefighter Certification IV
FIRS 1323, Firefighter Certification V

Offered in the fall, the Firefighter I Academy is 12 weeks, consisting of 448 contact hours and 17 credit hours. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Firefighter I Certificate of Completion

Students who successfully complete the Firefighter I Academy may take the final examination for Firefighter I. Students who pass the examination will receive a Firefighter I certificate of completion.

Firefighter II Academy, Spring Semester

The Firefighter II Academy covers the TCFP curriculum for Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Awareness-Level and Operations-Level Responders, which include the following courses:

FIRS 1329, Firefighter Certification VI

FIRS 1433, Firefighter Certification VII

Offered in the spring, the Firefighter II Academy is eight weeks, consisting of 192 contact hours and seven credit hours. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Firefighter II Certificate of Completion

Students who successfully complete the Firefighter II Academy are eligible to take the final examination for Firefighter II, which included Hazardous Materials Awareness-Level and Operations-Level Exams. Students who pass the exam will receive Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Awareness-Level and Operations-Level Responders Certificates of Completion.

Basic Fire Suppression Certification

Students who obtained Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazardous Material-Level and Operations-Level Certificates of Completion are eligible to take the TCFP certification examination for basic fire suppression. After passing the exam, students may apply for Basic Fire Suppression Certification if they have completed an approved medical first responder course. See the TCFP’s Standards Manual, Chapter 423.1, Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel for details.

Fire Academy Schedule

Semester Duration Days Time

Fall Day Fire Academy

16 Weeks

M-F

0800-1700

Fall Firefighter I Academy

12 Weeks

MW

SA

1800-2200

0800-1700

Spring Day Fire Academy

16 Weeks

M-F

0800-1700

Spring Firefighter II Academy

16 Weeks

M-F

SA

1800-2200

0800-1700

Dates for upcoming academies are in the Credit Course Schedule, on the Fire Technology home page in the announcements section, and on the Fire Technology Facebook page.

Credit by Petition

Students who successfully completed the COM Fire Academy as a continuing education program, have obtained certification and completed six additional credit hours at COM are eligible to file a petition for credit for 24 credit hours towards the AAS degree. Contact the director of fire technology to initiate the petition.

Students who successfully completed a non-COM Fire Academy, have obtained certification and completed six additional credit hours at COM may petition for 24 credit hours towards the AAS degree after passing a competency examination, which is the Fire Academy Final Examination. Contact the director of fire technology to initiate the process.

Current Cost

Tuition and fees are based on COM’s credit tuition and fee schedule. The costs for bunker gear rental, boots, hood, gloves, uniforms and textbooks are provided by private vendors and are subject to change without notice.

In District Out of District

Tuition and Fees

$1,390

$2,350

Bunker Gear Rental

$300

$300

Boots, Hood, Gloves Purchase

$195

$195

Uniform Package Purchase

$100

$100

Books Purchase

$150

$150

Total

$2,135

$3,095

Textbooks

Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations, 6E (2013), IFSTA ISBN 978-013-314080-4

Student Workbook for Essentials of Fire Fighting, 6E (2013), IFSTA ISBN 978-0-87939-512-4

Texas Commission on Fire Protection, Basic Fire Suppression Skills Manual, January 1, 2014

Uniform Package

The uniform package listed above includes:

  • 2 red, collared sport shirts
  • 2 red T-shirts
  • 2 red quick-dry athletic shirts
  • 1 blue pair athletic shorts
  • 1 blue pair athletic sweat pants
  • 1 red hooded pullover sweatshirt

In addition, cadets must provide the following:

  • Dark blue work pants (e.g. Dickies or similar)
  • Black belt
  • Black work shoes or boots
  • Clear safety goggles
  • Mechanics gloves, extrication gloves or leather-palmed work gloves
  • Materials for Academy Notebook

Financial Aid

Students may qualify for financial aid grants and veteran’s benefits. See the Financial Aid home page for the steps to file an application. Students must complete a FAFSA (federal financial aid application) to initiate the process.

The COM Foundation also offers scholarships to Fire Academy students. Students must file an application through STARS.

Note: Applications for financial aid grants and scholarships must be filed by deadlines, listed on the applicable Web sites. Prospective students are advised to complete these applications as early as possible.

Application and Registration Procedures

In order to enroll in the Fire Academy, students must first submit an application to become a COM student and complete all registration requirements, which includes completing placement exams.

In addition, students must complete a Fire Academy application and medical physical and submit them to the director of fire technology. Prospective cadets may only enroll in the Fire Academy after the director's approval.

Stay Connected with COM: