Citizens Fire Academy

Have you wondered?CFA Extinguisher Class

Have 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?

Any one 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. 

Is there a fee?CFA Class

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 for nine weeks. Each class is three hours in length from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 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. During the fifth week of classes 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 next CFA class will begin on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This class will meet on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM from March 20 to May 15. There will be one Saturday class on May 12 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for for live fire, vehicle extrication, technical rescue and other special skills.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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 David Smith @ 817-427-6913 or