The Northeast Texas Community College Fire Academy is a partnership between Northeast Texas Community College and the Mt Pleasant, Texas, Fire Department. Northeast Texas Community College is a publicly supported, two-year community college that offers traditional academic studies and workforce development through credit and non-credit offerings. Mt Pleasant Fire Department is a career fire department serving the citizens of Mt Pleasant, Texas.
The Northeast Texas Community College Fire Academy prepare trainees for a career as a firefighter. The academy is an authorized training facility for structural firefighting under Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP - FDID #107). Trainees who successfully complete the academy will be eligible for the certification exam given by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Emergency medical training is also available through Northeast Texas Community College. Upon completion of the academy, successful passing of the state practical and written exam, and completion of emergency medical training with a minimal of Emergency Medical Responder training or EMT Basic.
Requirements for Eligibility
- Minimum age - 18 years (a high school senior can enroll in the academy if he/she will be 18 by the completion of the Academy).
- Maximum age - None set by Northeast Texas Community College, but applicants should be aware that many fire departments have maximum hiring ages.
- Minimum education - High School Diploma or GED
- Drug screen - no evidence of illegal drug use
- Medical examination - physician examination and certification required. Physician must certify that applicant is physically capable of meeting the physical demands of the academy.
Program Length and Schedule
The program is a six month program – January – June.
Students will be in class Mondays through Thursdays from 6:00 – 10:00 pm and every other Saturday from 8:00 – 5:00 pm.
Financial Aid/Financial Assistance
Fire Academy trainees can apply for financial aid assistance. To qualify for financial aid, students must apply for financial aid through www.fafsa.ed.gov. The financial aid office at Northeast Texas Community College determines eligibility. Students interested in financial aid are encourage to apply by December 1st for the January class. If students qualify for aid, then students can then apply for a Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) and if eligible, can receive ½ of the tuition paid by the grant. The balance is the responsibility of the student. Payment plans are available for every situation. Contact Iris Vega for more information.
Volunteer fire fighters are eligible for grants from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural VFD Assistance (HB2604).