Citizen's Fire Academy

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Next Academy Begins:
March 2020

Applications (online):

The Citizen's Fire Academy is open to persons 21 years of age or older living or working in the City of Richardson or RISD area.  Participants will learn about the firefighter hiring process, an overview of the RFD, fire prevention, special operations, emergency medical services, fire investigation, hazardous materials, firefighter safety, fire apparatus operations, fire ground operations, emergency management, training requirements and administration of the RFD.

The intent of the CFA is not to train citizens to become firefighters; rather, it’s an opportunity to experience firsthand the duties and responsibilities of firefighters.  After completing the program, graduates will be able to use their knowledge to create a safer home and work environment and educate others about the RFD and the services provided to the community.

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Participants  of the Richardson Citizen's Fire Academy get a behind-the-scenes look at Fire operations. Topics covered includes:

  • Fire Department Organization
  • Fire Department Training Programs
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire Safety / Prevention
  • Fire / Arson Investigation
  • Fire Apparatus Operations
  • Critical Incident Stress Program
  • Emergency Management
  • Hands-on Training
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Special Rescue Operations

Eligibility - Richardson Citizen Fire Academy is a program for persons living or working in the City of Richardson or RISD area who want to learn more about how the Richardson Fire Department is organized and operates.  Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.   

When - The Citizens’ Fire Academy is held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on 10 consecutive Thursday evenings each Spring. 

Where - The Academy meets at the Richardson Training Center, 1621 E. Lookout Dr., east of Plano Road (past the old Owens Sausage). 

Tuition - Free

For more information: Contact the Fire Marshal Office at 300 N Greenville Ave., 972-744-5750. 

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