Citizens Fire Academy

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 10-week class meets 1 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 10 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)