Citizens Fire Academy

Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is an eight-week program that gives residents an opportunity to learn about about Allen Fire Department's structure and operations. The course is free and takes place each spring.

Participants must be at least age 18 and live or work in Allen. If you have questions, call our Public Education Coordinator at 214.509.4420.

Citizens Fire Academy students wearing bunker gear sit attentively during classroom dicussion

Course enrollment

Applications for the Spring 2023 course will open January 23 and close February 17.
The course takes place on 8 consecutive Thursdays beginning March 16, 2023. There will also be 2 optional Saturday classes during this Spring 2023 session. Mandatory background check performed all applications.

All Citizens Fire Academy applications will be reviewed by a committee. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 1.

Apply starting January 23.

What you'll experience:

  • Demonstrations of emergency operations
  • Fire and life safety training
  • Optional: Ride along with on-duty firefighters on emergency calls

While the CFA program offers in-depth understanding of the department, the program is not to be confused with a fire service training academy for future career firefighters.

Citizens Fire Academy students in bunker gear use a fire hose to spray water on an artificial car fi

Fire Department employee supervises as a Citizens Fire Academy student uses an extraction tool

Citizens Fire Academy students in bunker gear pose for a group photo after car extraction activity

Two Citizens Fire Academy students in bunker gear use a hose to put out an artificial car fire