Hill College


Hill College Bringing Fire Protection Program to Cleburne


            The Hill College Fire Protection Program is offering a hybrid fire academy in Cleburne starting this fall, providing a convenient way for persons to enter this community service field.

            “The hybrid fire academy is a combination of online class work with face-to-face classroom work. It was designed for the working man or woman who wants a career in fire service,” said Hill College Fire Protection coordinator Robert Matthews.

            This hybrid academy will be in addition to the hybrid academy the college has been operating in Hillsboro since 2012. Students complete the online work during the week and come to class every Saturday to practice hands-on skills.

            Students who successfully complete the program take the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) test to earn the Basic Structural Firefighting Certification. Hill College serves as a testing site. Students earn 24 semester credit hours, which can be transferred into the college’s associate of applied science degree in fire protection. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a physical completed prior to the first day of class. Fall classes begin August 25.

            There will be a mandatory orientation for interested persons on Saturday, August 16, in Cleburne and in Hillsboro. The Hillsboro orientation will be from 9 to noon, while the Cleburne orientation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Students will learn about gear, classroom expectations and other elements critical to student success.

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

            Persons interested in the program should contact Matthews at 817-798-7100 or rmatthews@hillcollege.edu