ORA101 – 545.00 Hours


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04/29/24 – 08/23/24 College Station, TX FP ORA101 46 $5400.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

The NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II online portion is completed by using a home computer, textbook, and online supplemental material. It consists of reading assignments, online knowledge-building activities, online discussions with your instructor and fellow participants, videos and multimedia, module quizzes, and a final exam. You will have 12-weeks to complete the online portion of this course.

The online recruit academy will be a 4 month interactive distance learning program that includes a twelve week online component that follows a lesson plan with lecture and activities due weekly.  The face-to-face skills camp is at Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station, Texas and runs for four weeks with 10-hour days for training in skills and hands-on activities. 

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This program meets or exceeds all requirements set by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, as well as NFPA 472 / NFPA 1072, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.

In addition, you will receive the following certificates as part of completing this course:

Courage to Be Safe: Everyone Goes Home

National Traffic Safety Course

NIMS 100 Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

NIMS 200 Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

NIMS 700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

NIMS 800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

This course provides a total of 545 hours of training.


Applicants for either TEEX Recruit Fire Academy must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or have passed a GED test
  • Be at least 18 years of age

International applicants must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Pass an English proficiency exam (coordinated through the TEEX International Student Advisor)

To complete your application process for this course, you must do the following:

  • Pay the $75.00 non-refundable and non-transferable application fee through the TEEX website 
  • Submit a completed Online Recruit Fire Academy Participant Enrollment Agreement
  • Submit a color copy of a driver’s license or a form of government- or state-issued identification
  • Submit a copy of a high school diploma or GED completion: Applicants that are still in high school at the time of enrollment are required to provide a letter from the school stating eligibility for graduation and date. College transcripts are also accepted as proof of high school completion.
  • Submit proof of meningitis vaccination: Participants under the age of twenty-two must meet the requirements of vaccination within the last five years and a minimum of ten days prior to the first day of the traditional academy or boot camp. Please refer to the TEEX website for more information about meningitis requirements and exemptions.

A representative from TEEX will review your application and contact you if you’ve been cleared to complete the registration process and pay the balance of your tuition.

Important: Upon approval of your application to enroll in the TEEX Recruit Fire Academy, you will be required to submit a medical evaluation prior to the first day of class. You will receive the medical evaluation form along with your reporting instructions.

Course Completion Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have access to computer equipment meeting the following system requirements:

  • Recommended screen resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Broadband or high speed internet
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers
  • Latest version of Flash
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Participants Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.
  • Notebook paper (8½ × 11″)
  • Pen, highlighters, #2 pencils
  • Textbook and curriculum materials:
    • International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Essentials of Fire Fighting, 7th edition, ISBN # 978-0-87939- 657-2
    • IFSTA Essentials of Fire Fighting Course Workbook, 7th edition with new ISBN #978-0-87939-660-2
    • TCFP Certification Curriculum Manual, Chapter One: Basic Fire Suppression (download a copy)
  • Uniform essentials (purchased through Barker Productions).
    • The complete listing of all uniform requirements can be found in the Recruit Fire Reporting Instructions.
    • Bunker gear (see recourses section for more information about bunker gear rental): Coat, Pants, Boots, Hood, Helmet, Gloves
  • 7-mm Prusik cord, 10 ft. in length (unless gear vendor provides)
  • Black shoe polish
  • Bag for change of clothes
  • Athletic shoes and socks
  • Backpack for books (black or navy)
  • Reusable water bottle

Attendance Requirements

The TEEX Online Recruit Fire Academy Attendance Policy is found in the Basic Structure Fire Suppression Certification Rules, Policies, and Procedures in section V.  Classroom Procedures and Expectations.  Each participant will receive this information in the online course.   

Suggested Audience

Individuals seeking employment as a firefighter in a municipal fire department.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)
  • Pro Board

Funding Options

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