Citizens Fire Academy

Candidates in Citizens Fire Academy are instructed by firefighters in front of fire truck

About the Citizens Fire Academy

The Citizens Fire Academy offers the public a greater understanding of the operations of a fire station and provides hands-on training in a wide range of topics.

CFA candidates develop a detailed and transparent view of the work firefighters and the department do every day, including vital tasks, projects, and the general lifestyle of a firefighter.

The academy is a nine-week course developed with help from neighboring departments. Classes meet once per week from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the Boerne Fire Station. Candidates must attend at least 75 percent of the classes to graduate the academy program. The Fire Department will do its best to accommodate candidates’ busy schedules. There is no fee or charge to join the program.

Once accepted to the academy, candidates will receive a BFD hat, two T-shirts, and a polo-style shirt. A set of bunker gear will be issued to each candidate to be used while attending training.

Course Topics

The Citizens Fire Academy covers a wide range of fire safety and prevention and first responder training topics. Some of the topics are listed below.

  • Department history, funding, and budget
  • Response districts
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Fire apparatus types, functions, and operation
  • Radio communications and dispatch
  • Search and rescue
  • Vehicle occupant extraction

Apply for the Academy

The 2021 Citizens Fire Academy will be held September 2 – October 28 with classes meeting 6-9 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Fire Station. The deadline to apply is August 19th.

Contact: Email Lt. Toby Vicknair with any questions about the Citizens Fire Academy.