Amarillo College, in partnership with local municipal and county fire departments, introduced the Regional Fire Academy in 1998 to provide comprehensive, cost-effective training programs that meet or exceed state: Texas Commission on Fire Protection Standards (TCOFP), and national: the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), training requirements.
In addition to an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology and the Basic Firefighter Certificate of Completion, AC and area fire departments--Amarillo Fire Department, Pantex Fire Department, Potter County Fire Department, and Randall County Fire Department--offer continuing education courses that satisfy the TCFP and the State Fireman's and Fire Marshall's Associations training requirements.
- The Regional Fire Academy provides standardized training at a reasonable cost with convenient schedules for students.
- Professional firefighters can take courses to achieve promotion and advancement.
- Volunteer firefighters can maintain or improve their skills so they may better serve their communities.
- Those entering this dynamic career can complete the training required of a basic firefighter before taking a fire department entrance examination.