Cypress Creek Fire Department and Harris County ESD 13 were proud to begin 2019 with the new cadet training course, which began January 3rd.
The 11 enrolled students are individuals who have requested to become volunteer firefighters with CCFD but have no prior firefighter certifications. The class will cover the National Fire Protection Association Firefighter 1 and 2 certification objectives, as well as Hazmat Awareness and Operations objectives.
The course will run through June 29th, meeting Thursday evenings and Saturday days; the class is specifically designed to fit into the schedule of a part-time or full-time employed volunteer. The bulk of the academic book work required for this class is accomplished through an on-line training system which is an efficient use of time for someone employed and taking the course, giving them the ability to successfully complete the class by adding schedule flexibility for this section of the required training objectives.
At the end of the class students are eligible to sit for both SFFMA and TCFP certifying examinations.
Ordinarily, if this training were to be received through local community colleges, would cost the prospective volunteer upwards of $3000. Sponsored fully by HCESD 13, CCFD provides the class and instructors, the students provide the desire and sweat equity to earn the certifications. Graduating students pay back the community, which funds the class, through service as volunteer firefighters.