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 2015 - May 2016)

The LSC-CyFair Firefighter Academy at the Barker Cypress campus will start the last week in August 2015 and runs for two (2) semesters, ending the first week in May 2016 (approximately nine months).

You must first apply at Lone Star College-CyFair through the online application process. You must contact the program advisor Denise Armstrong at 281.290.3474 and make an appointment to verify you have met academic eligibility requirements.

Recruits are selected on a first come, first serve basis. There are limited slots. Registration for the Fire Academy will begin in early April 2015. 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 2015)

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
  SEMESTER  1 TOTAL 14

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 2015)

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
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL 15

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 Orientation Sessions

Mandatory Orientation Sessions will be scheduled for July 2015, with the times to be announced in June 2015. You must attend at least one session. 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, including immunization verification, can be downloaded here. These forms must be submitted to the Fire Academy Secretary by the first week of July 2015.

General Physical Fitness Recommendations:

  • Must be able to run 2 miles in under 18 minutes
  • Must be able to lift heavy objects, approximately 150 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) $975.00 - Fall
$1100.00 - Spring
Tuition (out-of-district) $ 2,000.00 - Fall
$ 2,000.00 - Spring
Books $ 450.00
Uniforms and Running Shoes $ 500.00
Mandatory Background Check
Due in July
$35.00
Fire Fighter gear rental (9 months) $ 750.00
(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
susan.dixon@wrksolutions.com