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Coordinator: Randall, John W
Office: Beaumont Emergency Services Training (BEST) Complex, LIT Classroom 100
Phone: (409) 832-5041

The Regional Fire Academy is a semester-long certificate of completion program which prepares the student for a career in fire protection and satisfies the basic training requirements of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for structural firefighter certification. The Fire Academy is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters during the day.

All cadets entering the Fire Academy must meet the minimum standards which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pass a physical examination using National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) criteria
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess an honorable discharge from all military service
  • Possess either a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a valid social security card

During the student’s course of study, they receive certificates for hazardous materials awareness, and hazardous materials operations. Students successfully completing the Fire Academy receive a certificate of completion, 18 semester hours of college credit, and are eligible for state basic structural firefighter certification testing. Graduates of this academy should be prepared to pass civil service examinations and the various employment tests given by government agencies. Upon state certification, graduates are eligible for International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seals for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations.

Degree Plan for Certificate in Regional Fire Academy
Program Requirements
FIRS 1103Firefighter Agility and Fitness Preparation1 : 0 : 4
FIRS 1301Firefighter Certification I3 : 2 : 4
FIRS 1319Firefighter Certification IV3 : 2 : 4
FIRS 1329Firefighter Certification VI3 : 2 : 3
FIRS 1407Firefighter Certification II4 : 3 : 3
FIRS 1433Firefighter Certification VII4 : 3 : 2
Program Credits : Lecture Hours : Lab Hours18 : 12 : 20