Citizens Fire Academy

Have you wondered?

CFA Extinguisher ClassHave you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter… to put on heavy protective gear and air tanks… to forge through heavy black smoke in unbearable temperatures, risking your life to save the life of another? Have you ever climbed aboard a fire engine… or tried to drag a fully charged water hose… or wondered what it’s like to be the paramedic who knows that his or her first-aid response could mean life or death during that critical ambulance ride to the hospital?

Well, now is your chance. Come learn how your NRH Fire Department prepares for life-threatening emergencies. Learn about all the many services our trained emergency professionals provide to the citizens of North Richland Hills.

Why a Citizens Fire Academy?

This program is designed for people who have a genuine desire to learn about the daily life of firefighters, who want to increase their fire and life safety awareness, and who wish to widen their knowledge of the services provided by the North Richland Hills Fire Department.

Who can attend?

Anyone who is at least 19 years old, who lives or works in North Richland Hills, and has never been arrested or charged with any crime can apply. A background check will be required for all applicants. 

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Is there a fee?

There is no charge to participants. All materials, plus a CFA t-shirt, are provided.

When do the classes meet?

Classes meet once a week over 9 weeks. Each class is three hours in length from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Do you just sit in class for 9 weeks?

Some material will be presented and discussed in the classroom. Many subjects, however, include demonstrations outside the classroom and hands-on activities that you will be encouraged to participate in.

Who are the instructors?

A variety of instructors are used. From the Firefighter on-shift all the way up to the Fire Chief.

Do I get to ride in a fire truck?

Yes. You will be able to sign up to ride-out with on-duty personnel. Depending on the time slot chosen, you may get the chance to sample some “firefighter style” cooking. Remember that all students, on emergency or non-emergency calls, will be observing ONLY.

What happens upon completion?

Graduates are encouraged to join the CFA Alumni Association and to participate in meetings that inform you of coming events. Members will work with the NRHFD on local civic events and assist with various programs.

What subjects are taught in class?

  • Overview of the NRHFD
  • Apparatus Familiarization
  • SCBA
  • Fire Ground Operations
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Controlled Live Burns
  • Water Streams
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Explosives Response
  • Basic CPR
  • Fire Prevention
  • Graduation!

What does the schedule look like for the next class?

The 2024 CFA class is planned for March 5 through April 30. This class will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with one Saturday class on April 27.

How do I sign up?

Please complete the online application. Participants selected will be notified by phone or e-mail with further information on class times and dates.


For more information contact Assistant Fire Marshal Brent Sauble at 817-427-6925 or by email