Citizens Fire Academy (CFA)

Accepting Applications for SPRING 2022

Applications for the free 2022 Spring Citizens Fire Academy are being accepted.

Academy dates 

  • Exact academy dates TBD. Tentatively scheduled for April through May.
  • Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call (972) 721-2651.


Applicants interested in employment with the Irving Fire Department should visit 
the Employment Information section of the IFD website.

  1. Academy Overview
  2. Class Topics
  3. Attendee Requirements

note: the Irving Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy is not a certification academy, and neither qualifies nor guarantees participants a job with the Irving Fire Department.

The Irving Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is a program designed to inform the residents of Irving about the Irving Fire Department. The Citizens Fire Academy is open to anyone that lives or works in Irving, 18 years of age or older. 

The program is eight weeks long, one night per week, plus two full day Saturday classes. This program gives Fire Department personnel the chance to welcome residents into the Fire Department family and introduce them to the different ways the department serves the community.

The CFA provides hands-on exposure to Fire Department equipment and operations, including:

  • Donning of protective clothing.
  • Putting on HAZ-MAT suits and using them.
  • Use of SCBA.
  • Going through the MAZE in protective clothing.
  • Climbing the ladder of the truck.
  • Operation of a fire hose.
  • Use of the jaws of life.
  • Use of a fire extinguisher.

CFA program graduates are allowed to ride out with the emergency apparatus for one shift on all runs. They also can volunteer to help out at emergency scenes and at safety fairs.

The CFA program is a great way to establish a link between the department and the community, and it has helped establish the CFA Alumni association, which continually aids the Irving Fire Department in many ways.