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The Northeast Texas Community College Fire Academy is a partnership between Northeast Texas Community College and the Mt Pleasant, Texas, Fire Department.

The Northeast Texas Community College Fire Academy prepare trainees for a career as a firefighter. The academy is an authorized training facility for structural firefighting under Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP - FDID #107). Trainees who successfully complete the academy will be eligible for the certification exam given by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Requirements for Eligibility

  • Minimum age - 18 years (a high school senior can enroll in the academy if he/she will be 18 by the completion of the Academy).
  • Maximum age - None set by Northeast Texas Community College, but applicants should be aware that many fire departments have maximum hiring ages.
  • Minimum education - High School Diploma or GED
  • Drug screen - no evidence of illegal drug use
  • Medical examination - physician examination and certification required. Physician must certify that applicant is physically capable of meeting the physical demands of the academy.


The class hours for the academy are: Monday - Thursday 6:00 - 10:00 pm, and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on alternating Saturdays.

Visit the NTCC website for more information and to register for classes.

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Cosponsored by Texas A&M University, the rescue school began in 1985 and has been held the first weekend in May ever since.

Automobile extrication, rappelling, high angle rescue, and fire ground search and rescue, are some of the subjects that have been taught at past schools. It is attended, on average, by 100 students, both paid and volunteer, from 49 different fire departments.

Course information is generally released for the upcoming school around February-March. 

Lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday by the Mt. Pleasant Ladies Auxiliary for all registered students.

*Students must provide NFPA-approved PPE to include helmet, gloves, hood, bunker pants and coat, firefighter boots. NO SHORTS OR SLEEVELESS SHIRTS.


Volunteers are a vital part of our Department and those citizens interested in helping their community are encouraged to apply to become a volunteer firefighter. Depending on the current vacancies of the Department (structural or support), membership will be granted to those applicants meeting current needs based upon previous training, etc.

Volunteers are utilized on virtually every call where extra manpower is needed. This may include assisting at structure fires, helping with vehicle accidents, setting up landing zones, etc.

After submitting an application (PDF), applicant must make an appearance at a regular Volunteer Fire Department meeting before being appointed to the Department as a trainee member.

Applicant must also:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Reside within Titus County and/or within thirty (30) minutes response to Central Station under normal legal driving regulations
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass an extensive background check
  • Submit to and successfully pass a drug screening

Volunteers typically meet twice a month for training purposes and are expected to attend as many calls as possible when requested by the department.

For a copy of the Volunteer application, please click here (PDF).