Citizens Fire Academy


To help the citizens of San Marcos be aware of the services that the Fire Department provides, increase fire and life safety awareness, and promote a positive image of the department to the community.

Overview of the Citizens Fire Academy

Designed for adults ages 18 and older who either work or live in the City of San Marcos and meet program criteria, including a criminal background check. The 12 week program is available on a yearly basis, meets once a week, including three Saturday's at Fire Station Number 5, 100 Carlson Circle. To see the schedule, click on Related Documents (on the side of page), to view or print 2017 CFA Calendar. [pdf] This will also give you a good idea of what to expect while in the Academy.

Each Monday night, Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) participants learn about a different aspect of the fire service, ranging from emergency medical services, to the hiring and training of firefighters, to special rescue operations. During the 12 week class, CFA participants will also spend time at fire stations and riding with the Fire Department to emergency calls. This is not a certification course. Due to financial and logistical constraints, the SMFD can only accept 15 cadets into the Academy.

Now Accepting Applications for 2018!

The Academy runs every Monday evening at Fire Station Number 5, 100 Carlson Circle from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (excluding holidays), from August to graduation night in mid - November. If you would like to be considered as a cadet for 2018, please complete the following application and waiver forms. Completed forms can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the mailing address listed at the bottom of the page. 
2017 Graduates.  Photo by Don Anders

2017 Graduates from left are; Alisia Ugalde, Pina Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, Hailey Leopold, Jason Montgomery, Ryan Hartman, Vincent De Luna, Roxie Luna, Sean Goodspeed, Brittney Herbelin, Faith De Bow, and Teresa Groenke. Not pictured: Carolyn Ortiz

Photo by Don Anders.