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Fire Academy

Enrollment Standards

The Basic Fire Suppression Academy must meet the enrollment standards set forth by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees for this course cover the cost of uniforms, personal protective equipment, and other supplies. Space is limited, so please register early.

Tuition for the Fire Academy may be covered under VA benefits and the Texas Hazlewood Act.

Basic Fire Suppression Academy

As a graduate, you may receive certification in Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Hazmat Awareness and Hazmat Operations after passing the TCFP Exam administered at the end of the course. You also qualify for national accreditation by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) when all four exam parts are mastered.

The Fire Academy application must be submitted on or before the application deadline. You will be notified regarding your acceptance status in the TJC Fire Academy. 

Housing is available for students accepted to the onsite Fire Academy.  Two Smith County volunteer fire departments have living quarters. If you need housing, please let us know and we will forward information about our Bunk-In Program. The cost is $1,200 for the duration of the Fire Academy.

How to Apply

Selective admission and retention rules apply to the Fire Academy. Contact the Fire Academy Director or the Fire Protection Technology Coordinator for details. Acceptance to the program is required before registration enrollment.

After applying to TJC, please submit the completed Fire Academy application to the Fire Academy Director Andy King:


Hand Deliver: TJC West RTDC Room 137

Mail: Tyler Junior College
         Attn: Fire Academy
         1530 SSW Loop 323
         Tyler, TX 75701

Class Information and Schedule

Fire Academy Class Information
All Terms: MTWRF 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: TJC West, RTDC 148
Academy Start Date Application Deadline
Fall Academy 26 Aug. 26, 2024 June 28, 2024
Spring Academy 27 January 13, 2025 November 15, 2024

For additional information, please contact the Fire Academy Director, Andy King, or Program Coordinator, Jeff Akin, located at TJC West, 1530 SSW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701-2546 for any questions. 

Andy King
Fire Academy Director
(903) 510-3205

Jeff Akin
Fire Protection Technology Coordinator
(903) 510-2594