Fire academy
Non Traditional Fire Fighter
Fire Academy Drills

Mission Statement

The faculty members of the Fire Protection Technology Department are dedicated to providing quality instruction which will prepare high quality students' for successful careers in fire service and prepare students to be valuable members for their profession.

Program Summary

The Hill College Fire Protection Technology Program offers comprehensive training in this rewarding field of service. Our program prepares you for the firefighter’s job with not only classroom experience but also hands-on skills and physical training. Our program meets or exceeds all of the requirements established by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Basic Structure Fire Suppression curriculum and encompasses all aspects of knowledge needed to be successful in fire protection, preparing you to take all state certification exams.

Fire Protection Technology classes are offered in day and hybrid blocks for your learning convenience. The Hill College Fire Academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.


The Hill College Fire Protection Technology program was recently named a nationally ranked fire science program by FS Online ( Hill College ranked 38th(eighth in the state) out of  the top 90 programs across the nation.

While the education itself is the most important part of obtaining a degree in fire science, the increase in pay or career prospects is a close second. Students want to enroll in programs that will make them high-caliber firemen and women, but they also want schools that lead to careers that pay well. In order to accommodate those desires, FS Online assembled the list.

Each school on the list met the following criteria: Annual tuition less than $10,000, average annual salary greater than $50,000, must have at least 35 active students enrolled and fully-accredited schools only.

“We strive to put on the best academy in the state,” Fire Protection Technology Instructor Robert Matthews said. “We also work very hard on helping the recruits be successful in not only completing the program, but having a successful career in a fire department.”

For more information on Hill College Fire Protection Technology, please visit our website at


Fire Protection Handbook

Quick Facts:  Firefighters

2017 Median Pay $49,080 per year
$23.60 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Post-secondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2016 327,300
Job Outlook, 2016-2026 7% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2016-2026 23,500

What Firefighters Do

Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environment is at risk.

Work Environment

When on the scenes of fires and other emergencies, the work can be very dangerous. When not on the scene of an emergency, firefighters remain on call at fire stations, where they sleep, eat, and perform other duties during shifts that often last 24 hours. Many work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become a Firefighter

Firefighters typically need a high school diploma and training in emergency medical services. Most firefighters receive training at a fire academy, must pass written and physical tests, complete a series of interviews, and hold an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.


The median annual wage for firefighters was $49,080 in May 2017.

Job Outlook

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with paramedic training will have the best job prospects.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Firefighters,
on the Internet at (visited November 18, 2018).

Robert Matthews
Fire Protection Technology Coordinator
Hill College
112 Lamar Dr.
Hillsboro, Texas 76645 
(254)659-7981 Office
(817)798-7100 Cell

Education Pathway

Spring or Fall semester courses available

We enter a new class every Fall and Spring.
If you have further questions, please complete our information request form .
  • Hillsboro Location
    • Tranditional Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Cleburne Location
    • Hybrid class with Online and classroom - Saturday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm

  • Class day uniform:  
    • Dark navy Dickies Men's Short Sleeve Work Shirt.
    • Dickies Original 874 Work Pants.
  • Bunker Gear will be discussed on the first day of class. 
    • Cost:  $550.00 Rental
  • Students must have either a high school diploma or Certificate of High School Equivalency.
  • Students must be eligible to be a fire fighter in Texas.
  • Students must have a medical release from your physician prior to the first day of class.
  • Students must have completed a drug screen.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to perform physical fitness exercises
  • Preference will be given to students sponsored by a paid fire department
  • Explain the history and basic principles of the fire service.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fire development, cause, and prevention
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of hydraulic principles to solving water supply problems for fire protection
  • Demonstrate understanding of fire strategy, tactics, detection and suppression systems.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing, with supervisors, peers and the public.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of building construction principles, fire protection systems, and fire prevention codes to prepare pre-fire plans for a building.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of fire investigation principles as well as the important role that fire investigation and fire prevention programs play in reducing fire risks.
  • Identify hazardous materials and hazardous properties.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Working knowledge of incident management systems.

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