Citizens Fire Academy

Overview of the Citizens Fire Academy

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter, this is the program for you! 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. CFA participants will spend time at fire stations and riding-out with the Fire Department to emergency calls. It’s a hands-on learning experience as you’ll wear bunker gear, learn how to use fire extinguishers, get your toes wet with swift-water training, and learn the operations of a ladder truck! CFA is an opportunity for the community members to engage with firefighters and learn the many disciplines supported by the San Marcos Fire Department. 

This academy is fun and informative for the citizens working or living in the City of San Marcos to see what it’s like to live and train as a firefighter. This free, fun academy is to help inform participants on the way San Marcos Fire Department operates and the ultimate goal is to learn fire safety. 

ELIGIBILITY:  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. 

TIMELINE: Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) runs every Monday evening and a few Saturdays at Fire Station #5, 100 Carlson Circle from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (excluding holidays), for twelve weeks from mid-August to graduation night in early November. The best thing is to see a previous-year’s schedule, click on Related Documents (on the side of page), to view or print 2019 CFA Calendar. [pdf] This will also give you a good idea of what to expect while in the Academy.


THIS IS NOT A TCFP CERTIFIED ACADEMYThis class is not designed to train a person to become a firefighter nor qualify to get a job as firefighter.  It is not a certification course and not a TCFP approved fire academy. It’s a fun, community class. 

CFA LIMITS: Due to financial and logistical constraints, the SMFD can only accept 15 cadets into the Academy so get your application in today! Applications are accepted year-round. 

We Are Accepting Applications for 2023

If you would like to be considered as a cadet for 2023, please complete the following application and waiver form.

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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.

Class 8 group photo

2018 Graduates are; Front Row - Tina Gonzales, Carina Ferrer, Jessica Cruz, and Cookie Baggett.  Back Row - Rosa Robinson, Ryley Pollock, Melissa Neel, Austin Koester, Dr. Aimee Roundtree, Debbie Chandler, and Johnny Baggett.  Not pictured: Christin Lindsey and Otto Tegtmeyer.

Photo by Don Anders.

Graduation Ceremony Photos Below.

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