Here are some certification requirements that the Texas Commission on Fire Protection has set. These certification requirements are required to be passed by Firefighters in Texas. Candidates interested in the job are required to complete a certified basic training course, pass a written test and demonstrate the physical abilities required for the job. Certifications in emergency medical procedures are also required.
What Do You Need?
- Approved firefighter training course
- Certification Exam
- Emergency Medical Training
- Background check
- Application from TCF – 002
- $35 Application fee
Step By Step Guide
Texas Firefighter Certification
1. Are you interested in becoming a Texas firefighter? If your answer is yes, the first thing you need to do is complete a basic training course. Actually the course confirms at least to the minimum standards set by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. The Fire Service Accreditation Congress or the State Firemen’s and Marshal’s Association of Texas certified basic fire suppression training program is required to pass by every Texas firefighter. Generally certification from the above mentioned two agencies is held by candidates transferring to a Texas fire department from another state or those who completed fire training in the military. After passing a skills proficiency evaluation, those who are the certificate holders of these programs are qualified for certification. Generally firefighters complete a training program in a city fire departments sponsored training academies in the state.
2. You are also required to pass the fire suppression exam that the Texas Commission on Fire Protection gives. On the written section you are required to score not less than 70. A skills test designed to verify the physical requirements of firefighters must be passed. The physical test involves things like climbing, lifting and hauling equipment.
3. You are also required to obtain certification in emergency medical training. Following are the agencies from which the Texas Commission on Fire Protection recognizes emergency medical certification: the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the American Red Cross Emergency Response course, the American Safety and Health Institute and the Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Services Personnel. Any kind of certification for training other than above mentioned agencies depends on approval by the Commission. For those who attend a basic fir academy, additional training is not required. The reason is that the emergency medical training is included in the course outline of basic fire academy.
4. Apply for certification as a Texas firefighter. You are entitled for certification only when you successfully complete a basic course, receive emergency medical training and pass the exam, according to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. As of January 2011, an application form TCFP-OO2 requires $35 nonrefundable fee. The state requires you to apply for certification using the above mentioned application form.