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Fire Academy Facts

The structural firefighting certificate is for students wanting to pursue entry level opportunities as fire fighters. Interested students should contact fire science technology faculty for information regarding application and admission to the program.

Firefighter Certification Course (August 2018 - May 2019)

The LSC-CyFair Firefighter Academy at the Barker Cypress campus will start the last week in August 2018 and runs for two (2) semesters, ending the first week in May 2019 (approximately nine months).

You must first apply at Lone Star College-CyFair through the online application process. You must contact the program assistant, Sandra Crockett at 281.290.5229, to schedule an appointment with a program advisor and verify you have met academic eligibility requirements. If you have specific questions, please contact the program advisors Denise Armstrong at 281.290.3474 or Linda Pringnitz at 832.482.1044.

Recruits are selected on a first come, first serve basis. There are limited slots. Registration for the Fire Academy will begin in early April 2018. Enrollment is limited to 35 students for the day class and 30 students for the night class.

Once the advisor has verified your eligibility to enter the program, you will be allowed to register for the following Fire Academy classes. You MUST register for all classes listed below.

First Semester (Fall 2018)

Course Number Title Credit Hours
FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I 3
FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II 4
FIRS 1313 Firefighter Certification III 3
FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV 3
FIRT 1171 Firefighter Agility & Fitness Prep 1

Class Times:

Day Academy: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Night Academy: Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Second Semester (Spring 2019)

Course Number Title Credit Hours
FIRS 1423 Firefighter Certification V 4
FIRS 1329 Firefighter Certification VI 3
FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII 4
FIRT 2171 Firefighter Agility & Fitness Prep II 1
  FIRT/FIRS Elective 3

Class Times:

Day Academy: Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Firefighter Training
Night Academy: Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00pm - 11:30 pm Firefighter Training

Mandatory Background Check

Prospective students must pay for and complete a successful background check in order to be accepted into the program. For details contact Michael Naglieri at 281.290.5902.

Mandatory Orientation Sessions

Mandatory Orientation Sessions will be scheduled for June 13th at 3pm or 6pm and July 10th at 3pmYou must attend at least one session by July 10th or you will be dropped from the course. Please schedule attendance for an orientation by contacting Sandra Goins at 281.290.5229. At these sessions, recruits will be able to purchase uniforms and be fitted for fire fighter gear rental. Your own NFPA Structural Firefighting Gear may be used upon our approval.

Fitness Requirements

Acceptance to the Lone Star College-CyFair Firefighter Academy requires that you be declared physically fit by your doctor. The required physical examination form can be downloaded here. These forms must be submitted to the Fire Academy Department Chair by the first week of July 2018.

General Physical Fitness Recommendations:

  • Must be able to run 2 miles in under 18 minutes
  • Must be able to lift heavy objects, approximately150 pounds
  • Fully participate in a required physical agility course while attending the academy
  • Be in good general health
  • Weight in proportion to height

Firefighting is very physical and every effort to be fit prior to the beginning of the Fire Academy should be made by the candidate.

Approximate Cost

The approximate cost of the academy breaks down as follows: 

Fire Tuition Testing Fees $85.00
Tuition (in-district) $1,100.00 each semester
Tuition (out-of-district) $ 2,100.00 each semester
Books $ 450.00
Uniforms and Running Shoes $ 500.00
Mandatory Background Check
Due in July
Fire Fighter gear rental (9 months) $ 900.00
(price subject to change)

*Your own NFPA Structural Firefighting Gear may be used upon our approval.

Click here for important information for Volunteer Firefighters regarding Tuition

Financial Aid

The four most common types of aid are grants, loans, scholarships and work-study. Visit the Lone Star College-CyFair Financial Aid department to learn more, or visit the following sites.

Contact Veteran Affairs

Barker Cypress Campus – CASA Bulding
Phone: 281.290.3200
E-mail: cfcinfo@lonestar.edu

Contact Workforce Solutions

Susan Dixon
281.644.1030 ext. 3005