Fire Science Technology Program

 

The Fire Science Technology program at NCTC offers various jobs within the First Responder world.  Currently, we offer training for Basic Firefighter Certification in accordance of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP).

 

Advisement Sessions are a mandatory requirement to enroll into the Fire Academy Program. Please contact the EMS Department Assistant at 940-498-6237 to schedule your Advisement Session.

 

Advisement Dates for Fall 2014

 

ADVISEMENT DATES

Day

Date

Time

Campus

Room #

Wednesday

4/9/14

12 pm

Corinth

219

Thursday

4/24/14

12 pm

Online

N/A

Tuesday

5/6/14

12 pm

Online

N/A

Wednesday

5/21/14

12 pm

Online

N/A

Thursday

6/5/14

12 pm

Online

N/A

Tuesday 6/10/14 12 pm
Corinth 219

 

PAX TEST (Entrance Exam) DATES

Day

Date

Time

Campus

Room #

Saturday

6/14/14

9 am

Corinth

356

Saturday

6/21/14

9 am

Corinth

356

Saturday
6/28/14
9 am
Corinth
356

 

SELECTION FOR PHYSICAL EXAM NOTIFICATION

Monday, 6/30/14 (Top 30 Candidates)

 

PHYSICAL EXAM DATES

Day

Date

Time

Location

Saturday
(Practice Day)

7/19/14

8 am

Flower Mound
Fire Station 2

Saturday

7/26/14

8 am

Flower Mound
Fire Station 2

 

SELECTION DATE

Monday   7/28/2014

 

REGISTRATION DATE & TIME

Day

Date

Time

Location

Thursday

8/28/14

9 am to 3 pm

Corinth

 

ORIENTATION DATE & TIME

Day

Date

Time

Location

Thursday

8/28/14

4:00 pm

Corinth
Room 219

 

CLASS START DATE & TIME

Day

Date

Time

Location

Monday

9/8/14

8 am

Flower Mound










 



After attending an Advisement Session, there are many tasks that need to be completed prior to enrolling in the program.  The initial step you must take to get into the program is to apply to the college.  The registrar's office at the Corinth campus can be reached at 940-498-6281 or you may apply online on the NCTC website.  Admission Requirements are listed on the next page and must be completed before admission into NCTC’s Fire Program is granted.

 

Fire Program

 

Basic Firefighter Certification (TCFP) – The Basic Firefighter Certification course is offered every Spring and Fall semesters. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. Currently, NCTC does not offer a night class or shift based class.


The Basic Fire Academy is designed to give the student a well-rounded education for a professional career in the fire service. The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) has approved the program. There is one certificate and one-degree track offered to meet the student’s desire for certification:

  • 1. Basic Structural Fire Suppression
  • 2. Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology

Courses are taught through lecture, case study skills, written assignments, skills demonstrations, and hands-on training. Internships are completed through area fire departments.


Following successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate the desirable qualities of a basic firefighter that contribute to high professional and ethical standards.  
  • 2. Function effectively during high stress situations. Such situations may include physical exertion,austere environments, victim extrication, basic or advanced life support patient treatments, victim rescue, and fire suppression. 
  • 3. Coordinate scene management during hazardous situations. 
  • 4. Establish rapport with first responders, agencies, patients, victims, and the public. 
  • 5. Concisely document through written and oral communications, events relative to the provision of emergency care, rescue and fire incidents. 
  • 6. In the event of contingencies, exercise personal judgment that is sound and appropriate for the situation. 



Admission Process


Qualifications: To be eligible to enroll in the Fire Academy, the applicant must show proof of the following at the time of registration:

  1. 1. Be at least 18 years of age to sit for certification.
  2. 2. Be a high school graduate or have passed the GED test;
  3. 3. Be physically able to handle patients and equipment normally used in the fire service
  4. 4. Must be a currently certified or registered as an EMT-Basic or paramedic. 


To Apply: Prospective students should obtain a Fire Academy program information packet from the Emergency Services Program and follow the instructions in the packet for securing admission to the fire academy or on the NCTC Fire website. The following will be submitted to the Fire Academy:

  1. 1. Application for Admission to NCTC
  2. 2. Application to the Fire Academy
  3. 3. High school transcripts
  4. 4. College transcripts
  5. 5. Current state or national EMS certifications and current medically related certificates of completion
  6. 6. Complete physical which includes a drug screen and immunizations
  7. 7. Carry a current American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider CPR card or equivalent.
  8. 8. Must have current medical insurance 

Program Acceptance


The application and acceptance into the Fire Academy is a lengthy process.  The steps for the acceptance process are listed below:

1.

Attend one of the mandatory Advisement Sessions.

2.

Apply to the college.

 

If you have attended college before, official transcripts from each college you have attended are required.

 

If you have not attended college before you must have a high school transcript or GED scores.

3.

Register for and take the PAX Exam.

4.

The top 30 candidates that pass the PAX Exam will be invited to the Physical Agility Test.

5.

Those candidates that successfully complete the Physical Agility Test will then be invited to the Peer Interview process.  After this step, the top 20 candidates will be informed that they have been accepted into the program.  The remaining candidates that successfully completed all of the previous requirements will be placed on an alternate list.

6.

From the date that the candidates have been selected and informed, they must complete all of the following items:

 

Drug screening

 

Background check (Completed on day of Registration)

 

Physical Examination

 

Obtain all necessary immunizations or provide documentation of immunizations or titer results.

 

Provide a copy of a current American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR Card.

 

Provide proof of medical insurance.

 

Complete Student Information Form.

7.

On the day of registration, all candidates will need to supply all documentation as listed above in Step 6. Failure to provide all required information on this date will result in the candidate being dropped from the registration process.


Progression


To progress through the Fire Academy, the student must maintain a “C” average or above. Any student who has an interruption in the normal progression of his/her fire training may reapply for readmission to the Fire Academy through the department program coordinator. Time limitations are determined by department policy and are available by request. Readmission application does not guarantee applicant will receive acceptance into the program.


Firefighters Seeking an Associate Degree


TCFP certified firefighters trained at a school other than North Central Texas College may apply for the Associate of Applied Science degree. Application procedures, entrance requirements, credit for certifications, and other requirements are available upon request.


Students must have successfully completed and be certified as an EMT-Basic or paramedic prior to applying to the fire academy.


Grading Policy


Grades in the EMS Program are determined by theory, writing assignments, skills performance, Internet assignments, written exams and clinical practice. At the completion of each EMSP course, the student must have a department average and Final Exam Grade of 75% or above to complete course work. Letter grades are assigned based on the following scale:


• A = 90-100% 

• B = 80-89% 

• C = 77-79%

• D = 66-76% 

• F = 0-65%


Cost Considerations for Fire Students

Summary of Costs: The total per-semester cost of enrolling in the Fire Academy at North Central Texas College is the sum of: (1) tuition: (2) “combined student fees”; (3) laboratory fees; (4) textbooks; and (5) supplies and incidentals. Except for item 5, charges are figured just as they are for all other students. However, fire students should be aware that due to the special nature of the program, expenses in categories 3-5 will probably be considerably higher than those paid by students in most other majors.


Laboratory Fees: These are extra fees charged for all courses requiring a lab (in addition to the classroom lecture). For fire students, a lab fee of $24 will be charged for each clinical course and courses with a skills component. Lab fees for other non-fire science courses are normally $24.


Textbooks: Fire textbooks are highly specialized and can be expensive, as much as $400 or more. Keep in mind that the EMS program is an integrated course of study, meaning you will buy most of your EMS books the first semester. Therefore, book costs will be considerably less in the later semesters.


Supplies and Incidentals: Once admitted to the fire academy, students will need to buy classroom uniforms and clinical uniforms. Also, the student will need normal school supplies, and other costs that will include such items as major medical insurance, physical examination (including immunizations), Hepatitis B vaccine, CPR training, Drug Testing, Bunker gear rental, Graduation fees and Texas Commission on Fire Protection fees. An additional fee for malpractice insurance will be added to the tuition/fees bill. Additional costs may include meals while training and Internship. Some of these expenses will not be incurred until the latter part of the program.

NOTE: All tuition rates, fees and other elements of expense for attending North Central Texas College are subject to change by the NCTC Board of Regents.


Graduation


Students are granted an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology or a Basic Fire Suppression Certificate after successful completion of the prescribed curriculum within the Emergency Services Program.

Eligible students completing certification or degree coursework will receive a Certificate of Course Completion necessary to take the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) – Basic Structure Fire Protection Examination.


Certificate of Completion/Associate of Applied Science Degree


All course work to be applied toward certification or the Associate of Applied Science degree must be completed with a grade of “C” or above. Students should consult a department representative to file a certificate or degree plan.





Firefighters
For additional information, please contact:

 


Strider Floyd, Program Coordinator and Instructor
  • Phone: 940-498-6254
  • Office: Corinth - Room 236
 

Claudia Leuschner, Department Assistant

  • Phone:  940-498-6237
  • Office:   Corinth