LDISD Announces Fire Academy

LDISD Announces Fire Academy

Lake Dallas ISD (LDISD) is offering a new career path for its students who want to become firefighters.  In a newly formed partnership with Lake Cities Fire Department (LCFD) and North Central Texas College (NCTC)  LDISD will establish a Fire Academy at Lake Dallas High School offering a curriculum for Basic Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications for students in the 11th and 12th grade.

“We are excited to be able to work with our community to offer students an opportunity to be career ready graduates, especially in such a high needs and rewarding field,” said Dr. Marci Malcom, LDISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction.

This the first program of its kind in Denton County.  Arlington has a similar program but the courses are not located on the high school campus.  Several high schools around the country have begun offering classes such as these and have seen much success.

NCTC will supply full-time faculty for the fire academy at Lake Dallas High School.  The curriculum is set by the state and Lake Cities Fire Department has built the first schedule based on those requirements to fit within the LDHS class schedule. Lake Cities Firefighters also will provide opportunities for students to participate at Fire Department training facilities as well as for ride outs with the fire department.

The program is limited to 18-20 students. Students are required to have an 80 average at LDHS in order to be considered for the program. They are expected to maintain high professional and ethical standards, pass a drug screening test and criminal background check among other health-related requirements.

Upon completion of the program, students will earn a basic firefighter certification and will have the opportunity to seek an associate degree in Fire Science Technology or attend paramedic school. Students will be eligible to earn 33 college hours at NCTC while completing the Fire Academy and EMT certification programs. 23 hours are categorized as fire certification hours while 10 hours will be the EMT Basic certification hours.

The best part is that the students will have the necessary skills, training and confidence to enter the workforce immediately after graduating high school.

Lake Cities Fire Department will provide a Fire Academy liaison to advise LDISD and NCTC on the direction, needs, and growth of the program. Lake Cities Fire Department is currently securing donations of equipment and supplies for the program.


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