Absolutely not! Training is available in abundance. It is an ongoing process and a very high priority in our department. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and expand your knowledge at in-house training sessions held most Tuesday evenings from 1900 - 2100 hours. Several of our volunteer members have even gone on to pursue paid firefighting positions in other communities.
All new members without prior firefighting certification are initially enrolled in Collin College's 167 hour Intro/Basic Volunteer Fire Training Program, located at their McKinney campus. This program is paid for the by county's Excellence Fund and is available at no cost to the candidate. The classes typically meet Thursday nights from 1800 - 2200 hours and Saturdays from 0800 - 1700.
Some members prefer to attend other fire academies located in the North Texas area. Some have accelerated programs that may be substantially completed through online, web-based instruction. If such training is approved by the Training Officer, tuition for training may be reimbursed in accordance with our Standard Operating Guidelines.
Training opportunities, especially those involving specialized rescue, also exist at surrounding fire departments and at Texas A & M in College Station.
All fire/rescue and EMS training in compliant with curriculum standards of the State Firefighter's and Fire Marshal's Association (SFFMA), the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). All of our instructors are certified by one or more of these agencies. They ensure that training is not only conducted in a safe and efficient manner, but that it remains a rewarding and enjoyable learning experience for our members.