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Happy Thanksgiving! 

Training Center Administrative Office will be closed Wednesday , 11-22-23 until Tuesday, 11-28-23.

For urgent matters please call Fire Admin at 972-230-9680

 

THE FUTURE OF A PROUD TRADITION
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2024 Class Registration is now open! 

 

SERVICES

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

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 15 week program. Upon graduation, students will sit for the state exam. Once the TCFP state exam is passed, EMT course is complete, and fingerprint background submitted a student is eligible for certification.

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 blend  into an organization. 

When is the next class?

 

  2023 Schedule

February 19, 2024- May 30, 2024- Class is Full 

July 22, 2024- October 30, 2024

What do I need to apply?

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Completed Application Packet

  • $600 Deposit (applies towards tuition cost)

$80 Registration fee

How much is tuition?

The total cost to attend Fire Academy is $5,700 plus registration.

Deposit: $600 (nonrefundable and applied toward tuition)

Costs are broken down as follows:

Registration fee: $80

Tuition: $4,550

Bunker Gear: $850

Book $215

State Test: $85

**Please note: All tuition & fees are non refundable. Tuition and fee payments made prior to class starting , can be refunded if the class is dropped 1 week in advance, with the exception of the nonrefundable deposit and application fee.  

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 6 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 3 months in advance to take advantage of payment plan. 

When is the deadline to apply? 

 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:

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

2. Click "REGISTER ONLINE NOW!" button

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

 

Come Visit Us

Monday- Friday

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Please call to schedule an appointment

Application Packet

EMT

What is it?

The EMT Program is a 6 week course that provides classroom instruction, skill testing and ambulance ride-outs . 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 plus three 24 hour rotations. Once rotations are complete a student is approved to take the national test. Upon completion of the National Registry test and Fingerprint background check a student is eligible for DSHS EMT licensing .

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?

2024 Schedule

January 8, 2024- February 13, 2024

June 5, 2024- July 12, 2024 

November 7, 2024- December 20, 2024

What are qualifications to be an EMT?

  • High School Diploma of GED

  • CPR certified (offered during the course) 

How much is tuition?

The total cost to attend EMT is $2,850 plus registration. Costs are broken down as follows:

Deposit: $400 (nonrefundable and applied toward tuition)

Registration fee: $20

Tuition: $2,500

Book/ Lab fee: $350

*Uniforms sold separately 

**Please note: All tuition & fees are non refundable. Tuition and fee payments made prior to class starting , can be refunded if the class is dropped 1 week in advance, with the exception of the nonrefundable deposit and application fee.  

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 six 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 3 months in advance to take advantage of payment plan.

When is the deadline to apply? 

 Classes are on a first come, first serve basis. Once a class reaches 20 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 "Application 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 and shot record with deposit and registration fee to your appointment

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

2. Click "REGISTER ONLINE NOW!" button

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

Desoto Fire Training Center

501 E. Wintergreen Rd.

Desoto, TX 75115

Application Packet

EMT
ABOUT US

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. 

CONTACT

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

Student Resources

Click on a link

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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