Initial training programs are designed to train personnel to entry level qualifications. Continuing education allows personnel to sharpen and enhance their knowledge and skills and to remain proficient.
Each major program has annual continuing education requirements set forth by regulatory agencies. The College Station Fire Department regularly exceeds these requirements.
Texas Department of Health required CE hours (4 year reporting period):
- EMT-Basic - 72 hours
- EMT-Intermediate - 108 hours
- EMT-Paramedic/Licensed Paramedic - 144 hours
Texas Commission on Fire Protection required CE hours (1 year reporting period):
- Structure Firefighter - 20 hours
- Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting - 20 hours
- Hazardous Materials Technician- 10 hours
Entry Level Testing
Entry level testing is conducted once annually, usually in the fall. Eligible applicants are given a written exam and a physical agility test. The physical agility test is comprised of skills and tasks that are similar to the skills and tasks performed by on-the-job firefighters.
Minimum Requirements for Employment
Physical Agility Testing
This test is designed to examine the applicant's strength, stamina, and overall physical ability to perform the duties of a firefighter. A firefighter performs a large number of varied physical tasks that require flexibility, endurance, muscular strength, and aerobic capacity. An acceptable level of physical ability is required for the job.
Physical Agility Test Details
To promote within the College Station Fire Department, personnel must meet eligibility requirements for the rank in which they are seeking. Those eligible personnel will take a written exam that is designed to test the knowledge requirements for that rank. For Officer Level ranks, personnel that pass the written test will then be required to successfully complete assessment centers.
CSFD Professional Development Guide (14.7 KB)
CSFD New Employee Guide (89.3 KB)