Citizens Fire Academy

About the Program

The Grapevine Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is a free and exciting hands-on learning program for citizens wanting to know more about the Grapevine Fire Department (GFD).  The 9-week long class offers residents a chance to get first-hand knowledge of the interesting behind-the-scenes operations and to see the advanced rescue tools, hose lines, gear, and various apparatus used by the fire department employees. Don’t miss thrilling experience as it is only offered once a year!  The 2023 class begins on September 7 and ends with a graduation ceremony on November 2.  The fun-filled academy classes are on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The highlight of the academy is the Saturday trip to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Fire Training Facility. There, recruits experience what it is like to go into a building on fire with full protective gear, see the stages of fire, watch firefighters in action, and actually perform a search for victims with the thermal-imaging cameras.

The Grapevine Fire Department conducts a Citizens' Fire Academy once a year and is open to Grapevine residents and to those who work in Grapevine.  Attendees must also be at least 21 years of age (and less than 101 years old).    

CFA Topics

 Fire Department Operations

  • Tour of Apparatus
  • Ride-Along signup

 Fire Marshal’s Office

  • Fire Cause & Origin
  • Fire Extinguishers

Office of Emergency Management

  • Emergency Operations Center
  • 911 Dispatch Center

Tour of Grapevine Fire Stations

  • Emergency Meical Operations
  • Rescue Tools
  • Vehicle Extrication

Fire Prevention

  • Fire Safety Education
  • Fire Inspections

Technical Rescue

  • Water, Rope, & Confined Space

Live Burn Preparation

  • Fire Science

Live Burn at DFW Fire Training Tower

CFAA Participation & Roles

Graduation Dinner


 Click on the link below to apply.
CFA Application

If an online application is not an option, please call 817.410.4424 for assistance.

Continued Experience After Graduation - Citizens Fire Academy Alumni

After graduation, recruits have the opportunity to participate in the Fire Department Ride-Along program, which allows graduates to ride on fire engines and ambulances to actual emergency incidents. Academy recruits are able to observe firefighters as they work to save lives and property. Recruits also observe fire station life as firefighters cook, eat, and clean in their living unit. A mandatory orientation is required after graduation to participate in post-graduation activities.

If you would like information about the Grapevine Citizens Fire Academy Alumni, please email