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Due to COVID-19 We are accepting Applications In-person by appointment only or Online.
Please call 972-223-6858 or e-mail CCurtis@desototexas.gov

2022 Class Registration NOW OPEN


 

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SERVICES

FIRE ACADEMY

Looking for a career as a firefighter? We offer Texas Firefighter Certification courses.

EMT 

Interested in a career as an EMT? We offer EMT-Basic Certification courses.

Our Academy in Action

Check out our YouTube playlist and get a glimpse of what you will learn in the Firefighter Certification courses. 

 

FIRE ACADEMY

What is Fire Academy?

We are the premier Firefighter Academy in DFW and are approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Prevention. This Academy is for individuals looking to get into a career in firefighting and consist of classroom instruction, hands on skills and practice, and field experience. This interactive hands-on learning environment ensures you are more than proficient in the knowledge and skills necessary for the state examination. . Our program also provides an intensive physical training aspect to ensure you are well prepared for the firefighting profession. The goal of our intense fast-paced program is to help you exceed expectations in your preparation and future career as a Firefighter.

Is this a career for me?

Firefighting is a rewarding career that offers a very high level of job satisfaction. If you enjoy helping people, serving your community, and fulfilling your purpose in life, then this is the job for you! Although a career as a firefighter can be demanding, stressful, and even dangerous at times, every day is different. You get to work as part of a cohesive team that often-become family.  This career demands you to show up as your best self not only for yourself, but for the greater good of your community. If this sounds like a career for you, we are ready to have you!

What are qualifications to be a fire fighter?

Must be EMT and Basic Fire Suppression certified. This is acquired by passing the state examination for a firefighter and state and national for EMT.

Do I have to take one class before the other?

EMT and Fire Fighter Academy do not have to be taken in any particular order. We recommend the sooner you start the better.

How long will it take to get certified?

Fire Academy is a 14 ½ week program. Upon graduation students will sit for the state exam. Once the state exam is passed with a score of ___ or above, a student becomes certified.

Does this promise me a job?

As with any vocational or certification program, completing the Fire Academy Certification program does not guarantee employment. However, the goal for our school with any student is for students to leave gainfully employed. Our reputation is based on whether you, as a graduate, are hired by a department and how well you able to fit into an organization. 

When is the next class?

2022 Schedule: July 18, 2022- October 28, 2022

2023 Schedule: TBA

What do I need to apply?

  • Must be 18 years of older

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Completed Application Packet

  • $600 Deposit (applies towards tuition cost)

$70 application fee

How much is tuition?

The total cost to attend Fire Academy is $4,305.

Costs are broken down as follows:

Registration fee: $70

Deposit: $600 (nonrefundable and applied toward tuition)

Tuition: $3400

Bunker Gear: $750

State Test: $85

**Please note: All tuition & fees as of March 28,2022 are non refundable. No exceptions. Tuition and fee payments made prior to March 28, 2022 can be refunded until the last day of the first week of class, with the exception of the nonrefundable deposit and application fee.  As of close of business on the last day of the first week, no refunds will be given for any reason under any circumstance. 

Forms of payment?

Payments are accepted via check, money order, or credit card. No cash accepted.

We now accept payments online. Please just click the "REGISTER ONLINE NOW!" button. Here you can pay in full or select a payment plan. 

Do we offer payment plans?

Payment plans are NOW AVAILABLE! Payments plans are up to a four month period, with the last payment being taken on the first day of class.  All payment plans MUST be paid in full by or on the first day of class. Must register at least 4 months in advance to take advantage of payment plan. 

*** Please note: If registering through our online portal the deposit is $420 in leu of the $670 deposit. 

When is the deadline to apply? 

The deadline to apply is the day before the start of class. However classes are on a first come, first serve basis. Once a class reaches 30 students registration will be closed. 

How do I apply?

Please click the following link to download and fill out the application. Once completed please turn in by one of the following ways:

In person:  1. Please click link "2022 Packet" below, and fill out in it's entirety.

2. Schedule an appt to come in by calling 972-223-6858

3. Bring completed packet with deposit and registration fee to your appointment

Online: 1. Please click link "2022 Packet" below, and fill out in it's entirety.

2. Click "REGISTER ONLINE NOW!" button

3. Scan in completed packet to ccurtis@desototexas.gov

 

 

Packets & Monies drop off info:

Address:

Desoto Fire Training Center

501 E. Wintergreen Rd.

Desoto, TX 75115

Office hours:

Monday- Friday

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

 

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Live Fire Training
Live Fire Training

Training center students in bunker gear.

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Morning Physical Training
Morning Physical Training

Dragging a hose during class at the training center.

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Live Fire Training

Extinguishing a car fire a the training center.

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Extrication Training
Extrication Training

An instructor discussing fire science.

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Extrication Training
Extrication Training

A student at the fire training center learning how to remove a patient from a car.

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Ladder Training
Ladder Training

Ladder climbing practice at the fire training center.

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EMT

What is it?

As with Fire Academy, we are the Premier EMT Certification program in the DFW area. EMT certification is a 6 week program that provides classroom instruction, hospital rotations, ambulance ride-outs, clinical rotations, field internships, skill testing, and national registry testing. Our instructors are life-long learners and stay up to date on current skills and requirements needed to successfully complete the certification process and acquire gainful employment.

Is this a career for me?

An EMT is a trained professional who provides emergency care outside of a hospital. EMTs work in a variety of settings and are often the first at the scene in emergency situations, and therefore are referred to as "first responders."

 

They have specialized training and the skills required to administer basic to life-saving emergency medical care while transporting patients to hospitals and other medical centers. This is a high-stakes profession that demands unwavering dedication to saving lives.

Do I have to take one class before the other?

If you would like to specifically be an EMT, only the EMT certification is required. If you decide to become a firefighter then you would need to obtain the fire fighter certification as well. If wanting both the EMT and firefighter certification, it does not matter the order in which you obtain either one.

How long will it take to get certified?

The certification program is 6 weeks. Once the state test is passed, a student will then complete rotations. Once rotations are complete a student is approved to take the national test. Once the national test is passed, a student is fully certified and able to apply for employment.

Does this promise me a job?

As with any vocational or certification program, completing the Fire Academy Certification program does not guarantee employment. However, the goal for our school with any student is for students to leave gainfully employed. Our reputation is based on whether you, as a graduate, are hired by a department and how well you able to fit into an organization. 

When is the next class?

2022 Schedule:

June 7th - July 14th

August 8th - September 14th

November 7th- December 16th

What are qualifications to be an EMT?

  • High School Diploma of GED

  • CPR certified

How much is tuition?

The total cost to attend Fire Academy is $2270. Costs are broken down as follows:

Registration fee: 20

Deposit: $400 (nonrefundable and applied toward tuition)

Tuition: $2000

Book/ Lab fee: 250

Forms of payment?

Payments are accepted via check, money order, or credit card. No cash accepted.

We now accept payments online. Please just click the "REGISTER ONLINE NOW!" button. Here you can pay in full or select a payment plan. 

Do we offer payment plans?

Payment plans are NOW AVAILABLE! Payments plans are up to a four month period, with the last payment being taken on the first day of class.  All payment plans MUST be paid in full by or on the first day of class. Must register at least 4 months in advance to take advantage of payment plan.

When is the deadline to apply? 

The deadline to apply is the day before the start of class. However classes are on a first come, first serve basis. Once a class reaches 30 students registration will be closed. 

How do I apply?

Please click the following link to download and fill out the application. Once completed please turn in by one of the following ways:

In person:  1. Please click link "2022 Packet" below, and fill out in it's entirety.

2. Schedule an appt to come in by calling 972-223-6858

3. Bring completed packet with deposit and registration fee to your appointment

Online: 1. Please click link "2022 Packet" below, and fill out in it's entirety.

2. Click "REGISTER ONLINE NOW!" button

3. Scan in completed packet to ccurtis@desototexas.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packets & Monies drop off info:

Address:

Desoto Fire Training Center

501 E. Wintergreen Rd.

Desoto, TX 75115

Office hours:

Monday-Friday

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

 
 

ABOUT US

DeSoto Fire Training Center was founded in 1980. We offer a State of the Art training facility. Join the DeSoto Fire Training Center and begin your career in the fire service. Meet or exceed the necessary qualifications of employment with many fire departments in Texas.

This Academy is conducted in a classroom with an interactive hands-on learning environment, ensuring you are proficient in the knowledge and skills necessary for the state examination. Our program also provides and intensive physical training aspect to ensure you are well prepared for the firefighting profession. Our goal is to help you succeed in your preparation and future career as a Firefighter. 

 

 

FIND US

DeSoto Fire Training Center
501 E Wintergreen
DeSoto, Texas  75115
972-223-6858

OFFICE HOURS:

 

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

​​Saturday: Closed

​Sunday: Closed

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Student Resources

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NREMT 

Students will need to make an account and submit an application .

JBLearning

EMT Online site to do your homework. 

EMS Testing

This site is for students in EMT class to complete Test and purchase study tools

DSHS

Helpful links when you complete EMT class to get certification

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