Delegation from Singapore Visits TCC’s Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest, Fire Service Training Center,
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 7

 
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 28, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host a delegation from Singapore on Friday, July 7. The delegation requested the visit as part of Singapore’s efforts to enhance training facilities for firefighters and paramedics.
 
The group from the Civil Defence Academy, part of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, will meet with the College’s faculty and staff and tour TCC’s training site at the Northwest Campus. The delegation will use the visit to assist in the design of a new training facility.
 
“We are pleased to welcome the Civil Defence Academy representatives and share our perspective on training first responders,” said Steve Keller, FSTC director. “We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities and resources, which serve as a model for training programs not just in Texas, but around the world.”
 
TCC is the region’s primary training facility for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting – with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings – along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
 
TCC holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of (or near) 100 percent. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit the TCC website.
 

Fire Recruit Expo Provides Glimpse into Critical Profession

Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Fire Service Training Center
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth

 
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 4, 2017) – Ever wanted to be a firefighter? Now is your chance to try the profession. The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host the Fire Recruit Expo this Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to noon at Northwest Campus.
 
The event, sponsored by North Texas Women Firefighters, will feature representatives from departments across the area as well as interactive demonstrations. Pre-registered participants will breathe with oxygen tanks, wear full bunker gear, use a fire hose and climb a fire truck ladder, among other activities. A question-and-answer period will follow lunch.
 
More information on the Fire Recruit Expo can be found on the North Texas Women Firefighters’ website.
 
TCC is the area’s primary trainer for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting—with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings—along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
Tarrant County College holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of or near 100 percent.
 
The deadline to submit an application for the Fire Academy’s fall 2017 cadet class is Thursday, July 27. Veterans are encouraged to apply. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters.
 

TCC Fire Academy Hosts Grapevine Fire Department for Special Appreciation Event

Donation of ladder truck enhances training as Academy accepts applications for fall class
 
sideview one of firetruckFORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host leaders from the City of Grapevine on Wednesday, April 19, to express gratitude for the city’s recent donation of an aerial apparatus truck to the College’s training program.
 
The ladder truck—a 1999 E-ONE 75-foot Quint—passed its serviceable life with the City of Grapevine. Used trucks often go to auction, but Grapevine Fire Department Chief Darrell Brown proposed giving the vehicle to the Fire Service Training Center, located on Northwest Campus. The Grapevine City Council unanimously approved the donation.
 
During a special appreciation luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., the College will conduct tours of its Fire Service Training Center and display the ladder truck. In addition to Chief Brown, dignitaries in attendance will include City Council members Paul Slechta, Michael Lease, Chris Coy and Duff O’Dell, City Manager Bruno Rumbelow, Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs, Assistant Chief Stuart Grant and Assistant Chief John Sherwood.
 
“The generosity of the City of Grapevine will have a real impact on the next generation of firefighters,” said Steve Keller, director of TCC’s Fire Service Training Center. “This allows us to hold multiple truck courses simultaneously and give students even more experience in real-world situations. They will enter the workforce even more prepared to serve their communities.”
 
The donated vehicle is worth approximately $140,000. It becomes TCC’s second ladder truck and third fire truck overall. Prior to use by students, the truck was refurbished and underwent inspection and certification of the ladder.
 
The Grapevine Fire Department has had a long, successful partnership with TCC. In the 1970s, many Grapevine firefighters studied under Jim Nichols, who pioneered TCC’s fire service education program. When the Grapevine Fire Department launched the use of Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances the following decade, more than 40 firefighters obtained paramedic certification through the College.
 
Since the 1990s, TCC has worked with the Grapevine Fire Department to provide professional development classes in hazardous materials, specialized rescues and other topics. Many past and present leaders of the department, including Deputy Chief Mark Ashmead, are TCC alumni.
 

TCC is the area’s primary trainer for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting—with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings—along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
 
Tarrant County College holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of or near 100 percent.
 
The deadline to submit an application for the Fire Academy’s fall 2017 cadet class is Thursday, July 27. Veterans are encouraged to apply. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters.
 
EDITOR’S NOTE: Media interested in touring the Fire Service Training Center or conducting interviews should call 817-515-1542 by Wednesday at 10 a.m.
 

Fire Truck Donation Enhances Firefighter Training at Tarrant County College

FIREHOUSE recently shared a post detailing how the city of Grapevine’s generosity is enhancing the training of cadets at the Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center.
Read the post to learn more about the 75-foot ladder truck donation.

FIREHOUSE post

TCC Firefighter Cadet Tells Her Story

There is a class of high-demand, well-paying jobs historically dominated by men, but Tarrant County College is helping to change that by opening doors of opportunity to all. KERA reporter Courtney Collins spotlights one firefighter cadet’s journey through TCC’s Fire Academy at Northwest Campus. Hear what Alexis Dunn has to say about challenging the status quo.
 
KERA story
 

TCC Opens Doors for Vets with Firefighting Associate Degrees

Firehouse.com provided online coverage of TCC’s College Credit for Heroes program, an accelerated one-year program that provides veterans with an associate degree in Fire Protection Technology. According to Rick Frye, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Fire Technology program, it is accelerated so it is demanding. He says the veterans participating in the program have all worked really hard.
 
To learn more, see “Texas College Provides Military Veterans with Accelerated Fire Technology Degree” by Peter Matthew.
 

TCC Remembers and Honors Those Lost on Sept. 11

Three TCC campuses held events to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. in 2001.
 
Northwest
The TCC Fire and Police Academies hosted its fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Run featuring a 5k and a 9.11-mile course. Approximately 100 fire and police cadets, as well as faculty, staff and members of the U.S. Air Force 301st Security Forces Squadron, participated in the event, which started and ended and the Fire Tower. Participants crossed the finish line at the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
 
“As a public service training center, we find it important to honor and never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice that day,” said Criminal Justice Training Center Coordinator Scott Donaldson, who also ran the 9.11-mile course with the fire and police cadets.
 


 
South
The South Campus Student Government Association organized a ceremony to reflect upon the Sept. 11 attacks. Students, faculty and staff members planted more than 3,000 flags in a grove close to the Student Center patio. Campus President Peter Jordan hailed the event. “What a moving tribute to the lives lived and lost during Sept. 11 and its aftermath!” he said.
 

 
Southeast
Sept. 11 was observed at the Southeast Campus with 50 large American flags displayed around the campus. Additionally, more than 100 students attended a showing of the Engineering Ground Zero documentary, which chronicles the five-year construction of One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Following the documentary, students engaged in a discussion and were given an opportunity to respond to the question: “What does 9/11 mean to you and how have we moved forward?”
 
According to Amy Staley, coordinator of student activities, “To reflect on this defining moment means that we have not forgotten. It was important for the Southeast Campus to do this because it was our way of paying tribute to those who perished, those who survived, those who were part of the rescue effort and those who were part of the rebuilding effort.”
 

 

TCC Conducts Swift Water Training at NW Campus

With flooding a major concern for many cities in Texas due to heavy springtime rainfall, emergency rescues are on the rise. On May 12-13, Round Rock firefighters received timely training at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Fire Service Training Center with the Special Ops Training Swift Water Rescue Tech Refresher Course.
 
The training at the center’s Swift Water Simulator, one of the best in the region, could be the difference between life and death. “We have lost responders last year in water emergencies,” says Rodney Smith, coordinator for the Fire Service Training Center. “Some of the guys that are coming in for training, have actually run water rescue calls the day before.”
 
In 2014, more than 800 firefighters from all over the United States completed Swift Water Training at the Fire Service Training Center.
 
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TCC Instructor Honored as Fire Educator of the Year

Dennis Floyd, surrounded by TCC colleagues, accepts the Texas Association of Fire Educators award for 2015 Instructor of the Year. (L-R: Rodney Smith, TCC Fire Service Training Center [FSTC] program coordinator; Dennis Floyd, FSTC instructor; Jacob Smith, FSTC instructor; and Steve Keller, FSTC director.)

Dennis Floyd, surrounded by TCC colleagues, accepts the Texas Association of Fire Educators award for 2015 Instructor of the Year. (L-R: Rodney Smith, TCC Fire Service Training Center [FSTC] program coordinator; Dennis Floyd, FSTC instructor; Jacob Smith, FSTC instructor; and Steve Keller, FSTC director.)


FORT WORTH, Texas (April 9, 2015) –
The Texas Association of Fire Educators has honored Tarrant County College’s Dennis Floyd as 2015 Instructor of the Year.
 
Floyd brings more than three decades of firefighting experience, including 26 years with the Fort Worth Fire Department and 15 years with TCC, to his current post as an adjunct instructor for the TCC Fire Service Training Center. Floyd trains recruits for live fire scenarios and physical ability requirements; he also provides continuing education to professional and volunteer firefighters throughout the region.
 
“Dennis is a proven leader who is committed to the safety of students, firefighters and the community,” says Steve Keller, director of the TCC Fire Service Training Center. “He is an incredible asset to TCC and our students, and we are proud that the Texas Association of Fire Educators recognizes his impact on the next generation of first responders.”
 
Floyd was the recipient of TCC’s 2014 Instructor of the Year award for adjunct faculty. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Floyd serves as a mentor at local schools to encourage minority interest in firefighting.
 

TCC Recruits Female Veterans for Firefighters Program

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 19, 2015)
 
WHAT:
Female veterans will have an opportunity to discover just how well their military training may have prepared them for one of the top careers in North Texas. The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will offer physical agility testing to become a firefighter at the Grace After Fire Women Veterans’ Family Retreat.
 
The effort is the first of several by TCC’s Fire Service Training Center to build on the number of women it graduates from its Veterans Learning Community. According to the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas has more than 190,000 female veterans, the largest female veteran population in the country. Female veterans comprise 8.6 percent of the state’s veteran population.
 
Stations will be set up to allow interested attendees to check their skills at the 100-foot crawl drill with a blacked-out, self-contained breathing apparatus face piece, 77-foot aerial ladder climb and the 200-foot charged hose line drag. This drill includes dragging a 1.75-inch hose and nozzle that is taped closed 100 feet forward and back to the starting point. Other drills include the 150-foot positive pressure ventilation fan carry (forward 75 feet and returning to the starting point), Keyser sled and the 50-foot dummy drag, which consists of dragging or carrying a 125-pound dummy 25 feet and back.
 
WHEN:
Friday, March 20
10 a.m. to noon
 
WHERE:
Arlington Hilton Inn
2401 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
 
OTHER:
The next major recruiting effort for TCC’s next Accelerated Fire Technology Program will be the Open House Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The accelerated program starts Monday, June 1, and goes through August 2016.