Citizen's Fire Academy


Have you ever wondered what being a firefighter is all about? Why is a fire engine sent with an 
ambulance on a medical call? How much does all that firefighter gear weigh?


Residents and persons employed in the City of Balcones Heights have an opportunity to find the answers to these questions and many more during the 2nd annual Balcones Heights Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy (CFA).

The CFA is a 6-week program designed to educate participants about their fire department. The CFA gives Fire Department personnel the chance to welcome residents into the fire department family and introduce them to the various ways the department serves the community.

Applications will be accepted beginning July 20, 2023 for the Summer 2023 Citizens Fire Academy. The CFA is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The program will be held Tuesdays beginning August 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm with one optional Saturday class that includes CPR training. Academy is limited to 10 participants.

The Citizens Fire Academy is free of charge and all equipment is provided for participants to use during the class. Classes are held at the City’s Fire Station and other facilities.

Topics and activities featured during the Citizens Fire Academy include: 

  • History of the Balcones Heights Fire Department
  • Fire Investigations
  • Engine Operations
  • Fire Communications
  • Fire Prevention
  • Emergency Medical Services/Stop the bleed
  • Hands-on experience using a fire extinguisher and a fire hose
  • Using the Jaws of Life to free someone who is trapped in a vehicle
  • Using a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Putting on Fire Gear
  • And much more!

To register or for more information, contact Balcones Heights Fire Department at (210) 957-3140 for more information: 

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