Fire Protection training

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 classroom experience, 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.

Fire Protection Program Nationally Ranked

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.”


Fire Protection Education Plan

Fire Protection Technology
Certificate of Completion
24 Credit Hours

Fire Protection and Safety Technology
Certificate of Completion
30 Credit Hours

Fire Protection
Associate of Applied Science
60 Credit Hours

Syllabus Search

Ten Marketable Skills
Communication the process of transmitting information and ideas from one individual or group to another, verbally or through writing.
Critical Thinking the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
Teamwork willingness to be a part of a group of persons in a cooperative or coordinated effort in the interests of a common cause.
Adaptability the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions.
Work Ethic a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard.
Continued Learning the ability to continually develop and improve one's skills and knowledge in order to perform effectively.
Social Skills skills used to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups, verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance.
Time Management the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.
Analytical Thinking the ability to solve problems quickly and effectively through a methodical step-by-step approach that breaks down complex problems into single and manageable components.
Cultural Competency the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.
  • 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 firefighter in Texas.
    • Criminal Conviction and Eligibility for Certification
      403.1 Purpose
      403.3 Scope
      403.5 Access to Criminal History Record Information
      403.7 Criminal Convictions Guidelines
      403.9 Mitigating Factors
      403.11 Procedure for Suspension, Revocation, or Denial of a Certificate to Persons with Criminal History
      403.15 Report of Convictions by an individual or a Department
  • Students must have a medical release form your physician prior to the first day of class.
    Physical Examination form
  • 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

We enter a new class every Fall and Spring.
If you have further questions, please complete our information request form.

  • Hillsboro Location
    Transitional, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cleburne Location
    Hybrid class with Online and classroom, Saturday,  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hill College uses College Central Network as its official resume and job posting service.  Local employers post jobs exclusively to our school via the CCN site.  Students and alumni, create your account profile at to:

    • Easily search and apply to local and national full-time, part-time, internship/co-op job opportunities
    • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
    • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos, and articles

Robert Matthews
Fire Protection Technology Coordinator
Hill College
112 Lamar Dr.
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
254.659.7981 Office
817.798.7100 Cell

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