Birdville ISD Fire Academy
In the Spring of 2016 the North Richland Hills Fire Department, the Birdville Independent School District, and Tarrant County College joined together in a cooperative effort to design and implement a continuing education credit firefighter and EMT certification program within the Birdville ISD. The result of this collaboration is a two-year program that will enable participants to earn a total of 4 elective high school credits, 24 hours of college credit, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection firefighter basic certification and the Texas Department of State Health Services EMT certification.
Students from all Birdville high schools are eligible to enroll in the BISD Fire Academy. Classes will be conducted at Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning (BCTAL) every school day for two consecutive periods. There will also be some Saturday classes held at Tarrant County College – Northwest and at the North Richland Hills Fire Training Center facilities to complete required skills training exercises. The Fire Academy is a two year commitment and students will start the program at the beginning of their junior year and continue until the end of their senior year.