FLOWER MOUND – Prospective firefighters will have an opportunity to get certified and even receive an Associate’s degree thanks to a new Fire Academy starting at North Central Texas College this spring.
Back in August, NCTC regents approved a new Fire Science degree and certificate. The first classes will meet in March.
The certificate program will run March 17 through June 26. Strider Floyd, the Coordinator of NCTC’s Fire and EMS program, is hoping to have 20-25 students in this first class. NCTC will offer training for Basic Firefighter Certification in accordance with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Lecture classes will meet on the NCTC Flower Mound campus with other hands-on training and lectures being held at one of the Flower Mound fire stations, as well as other locations in Denton County including the City of Lewisville’s four-story fire tower and a City of Denton facility that will be used for live-burn training.
NCTC’s Fire Sciences program will be the only school-sponsored fire academy in Denton County. Floyd expects to attract candidates from all over North Texas. Currently, only two other colleges, Tarrant County College and Collin College, offer similar programs.
“It’s something that we’ve needed here in North Texas, especially Denton County and Cooke County,” Floyd said. “One of the fastest-growing areas in the country is this area north of Dallas/Fort Worth. Once the word gets out that this program is here, I believe it will explode.”
As the demand for qualified firefighters continues to grow, so does a firefighter’s starting salary, which Floyd estimates to be around $46,000 to $50,000 in the Denton County area.
In addition to receiving their Basic Firefighter Certification, students can also continue to work toward an Associate’s degree in Fire Technology.
Advisement sessions are a mandatory requirement to enroll in the Fire Academy program. The January advisement dates are listed online. In addition, special entrance exam dates and physical exam dates will be held in February.
NCTC also offers both an Associate’s degree and a certificate in Paramedicine for those interested in a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Students completing certification or degree coursework will receive of Certificate of Course Completion necessary for the State of Texas and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician certification licensure examination.
Those interested in either the Fire Science or EMS programs at NCTC are encouraged to contact Floyd at 940-498-6254 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found at www.nctc.edu/HealthSciences/FireScience.