The Pasadena Fire Department is an all volunteer organization. If you would like to apply for membership in our Department you must be 18 years of age, a resident of Pasadena, have a valid Texas drivers’ license and good driving record. All candidates must pass a background investigation, physical examination and agility course before being accepted into the Fire Training Academy.
About the Academy
During the 10 to 12 week Academy, you will participate in classroom instruction and hands-on. During the Academy, you will receive basic training in firefighting (i.e., hose handling, pump operations, emergency driving, extinguishers, firefighter safety, etc.)
The Academy is each Tuesday and Thursday (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and each Saturday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Upon successful completion of the Academy and acceptance into the Department you will be assigned to your Station and provided the equipment necessary to perform your duties as a firefighter. You will respond to fires in your District and participate in monthly, ongoing training. You will have the opportunity to participate in additional training offered by outside agencies, such as Municipal Fire School at A&M and the Harris County Fire Fighters Association Field Days.
Once you have submitted your application with the Pasadena Fire Department, your application will be turned over to the Pasadena Fire Marshal's Office for a background check. Once that has been completed, you will then undergo a physical examination and then complete a physical agility test
No, there is no requirement of any prior firefighting knowledge. Throughout the academy, you will be taught all there is to know about firefighting. You will go over topics such as haz-mat, hose handling, building construction, fire behavior, and tactics and strategies.
As a volunteer firefighter, you do not get paid. However, you do receive a reimbursement fee for each call that you make. Plus, you get one of the best retirement pension plans that any volunteer fire department has to offer.
Once you graduate the fire academy, you will receive a pager that will alert you for the calls that are toned for your fire station. You must make 25% percent of the calls that are toned out for your district. Plus, every Monday night there’s continuous training at your station that you must make 40% of.
Upon your completion of the Pasadena Fire Academy, you will have the skills portion of Firefighter I (SFFMA) completed. You will then have to complete the written portion of the certification to then become certified as Firefighter I (SFFMA).