Citizens Fire Academy (CFA)

Please note that the Irving Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy is not a certification academy and neither qualifies nor guarantees you a job with the Irving Fire Department.
 
The Irving Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is a program designed to inform the Citizens of Irving about their fire department. The Citizens Fire Academy is open to anyone that lives or works in Irving, 18 years of age or older. The program is 9 weeks long, one night per week plus one all day Saturday class. This program gives us the chance to welcome those we serve into the fire department family, and introduce them to the different ways we serve the community.

The CFA provides as much hands-on with our equipment and operations as is possible such as; donning of protective clothing, putting on HAZ-MAT suits and using them, use of SCBA, going through the MAZE in protective clothing, climbing the ladder of the truck, operation of a fire hose, use of the jaws of life, and use of a fire extinguisher.

Once the citizen graduates from the CFA program they are allowed to ride out with the emergency apparatus for one shift on all runs, they can also volunteer to help out at emergency scenes and at safety fairs.

Our CFA program is a great way to establish a link between the department and our community and has helped establish the CFA Alumni association, which continually aids our department in many ways giving the citizen’s an avenue to show their support for their fire department.

Please note that the Irving Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy is not a certification academy and neither qualifies nor guarantees you a job with the Irving Fire Department. It is an information only program. If you are interested in a job with the Irving Fire Department please click on the Employment Information Link on the left. Thank you.
Classes
The following classes are included in the academy:
  • Apparatus Familiarization
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Engine Operations
  • Extrication (Jaws of Life)
  • Fire Codes
  • Fire Communications
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Investigation
  • Fire Service History / Traditions
  • Hazardous Materials


  • History of the Irving Fire Department
  • Home Fire Prevention
  • Protective Clothing
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Technical Rescue Team
  • The MAZE
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Truck Operations
  • Hands on applications of these classes
Application Instructions and Requirements
How
Fill out an application

When
Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
 
Where
The Academy meets at the following Locations
  • Irving Fire Department Public Education Station
    1230 Glenwick
    Irving, TX 75060
  • Irving Police / Fire Training Academy
    2603 Esters Road
    Irving, TX 75060
Tuition
Free
Minimum Requirements
Participants must be 18 years of age and live or work in the City of Irving to attend the Academy. You must fill out an application and pass a background check. We only take a maximum of 16 in each class to allow for each participant to have the "hands on" experience, if they choose to.

For more information call (972) 721-2651.