Citizens Fire Academy

The Fall 2020 session of the Plano Fire-Rescue Citizens Fire Academy has been canceled due to the pandemic. The participants who were slated to be in the Spring 2020/Fall 2020 class will make up the next session to be held, hopefully in the spring of 2021. We will advertise should there be any openings for that class. Thank you for your patience in this matter. It is our goal to keep our citizens and our personnel as safe as possible.

About the Academy

Designed for adults to learn more about how Plano Fire-Rescue is organized and operates, the Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is open to persons 18 and older who either live or work in the City of Plano. The ten-week class meets one night a week at the Fire Administration building on Avenue K. Each night, CFA participants learn about a different aspect of Plano-Fire Rescue, ranging from emergency medical services to hiring and training firefighters to special rescue operations. During the ten weeks of the class, CFA participants also spend time at fire stations and riding on the engines to emergency calls. This is not a certification course. For more information, contact the Community Outreach and Education Office at (972) 941-7421.

Academy Outline

  • Welcome and Introduction of CFA Participants
  • CFA General Information
  • Overview of Plano Fire-Rescue
  • Ride Out Information
  • Department Hiring, Training and Continued Education
  • Demonstration of Physical Ability Test
  • Bunker Gear Photos
  • Apparatus and Equipment Demonstration
  • Explanation of Emergency Medical Services
  • Ambulance Demonstration
  • Public Fire and Life Safety Education
  • Special Rescue
  • Fire Prevention and Arson Investigation
  • Fire Scene Operations
  • Home Fire Safety/Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Concluding Overview
  • Graduation Celebration
  • Extrication/Aerial Ladder Exercise/Engine Driving (optional)
  • CareFlite Helicopter Demonstration
  • CPR Instruction (optional)