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To be a successful firefighter, you must be able to follow directions. Failure to properly complete the application packet may be grounds for rejection. This is a simple mistake, and is easily avoidable by paying close attention to the directions offered in the application packet. If you have any questions about the application packet, please contact a Recruiting and Retention representative. We will be happy to help you. Please be sure to sign all signatures in the packet in blue ink.
Not all types of criminal offenses will automatically preclude you from serving as a member of our department. Please ask a Recruiting and Retention representative if you have questions about a specific item in your background.
If you live and work outside of our immediate response area, you will be expected to spend several hours per week at the station in order to participate in some of the above activities.
All new members without prior firefighting certification are initially enrolled in Collin College's 167 hour Intro/Basic Volunteer Fire Training Program, located at their McKinney campus. This program is paid for the by county's Excellence Fund and is available at no cost to the candidate. The classes typically meet Thursday nights from 1800 - 2200 hours and Saturdays from 0800 - 1700.
Some members prefer to attend other fire academies located in the North Texas area. Some have accelerated programs that may be substantially completed through online, web-based instruction. If such training is approved by the Training Officer, tuition for training may be reimbursed in accordance with our Standard Operating Guidelines.
Training opportunities, especially those involving specialized rescue, also exist at surrounding fire departments and at Texas A & M in College Station.
All fire/rescue and EMS training in compliant with curriculum standards of the State Firefighter's and Fire Marshal's Association (SFFMA), the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). All of our instructors are certified by one or more of these agencies. They ensure that training is not only conducted in a safe and efficient manner, but that it remains a rewarding and enjoyable learning experience for our members.
Career firefighters in Texas are required by law to be certified by TCFP - a state agency. They generally receive their training through state-certified training academies.
Volunteer firefighters who have achieved SFFMA Advanced certification and hold emergency medical certification, may challenge the TCFP examination to become TCFP-certified basic structural firefighters. Several of our members have done so.
Parker Fire Department does not certify firefighters, but coordinates with SFFMA to provide recognized training to them so that they may obtain certification. For safety, we do require that our members achieve at least SFFMA Basic certification before engaging in structural firefighting activities.
People typically call 911 because they don't know who else to call for help. This means that a citizen may call us for virtually anything. We must be prepared to adapt our training and skills for any situation.
A) respond to emergency calls of all types within Parker's fire district, or provide mutual aid assistance to surrounding communitiesB) train towards professional qualifications as a structural firefighter as set out by SFFMA and/or TCFP curriculum and NFPA standardsC) be part of a team that keeps the equipment and apparatus ready for the next emergency callD) keep the fire station neat and tidyE) be placed, depending on your interests and skills, and after a suitable time, on one of several committees to manage administrative and/or equipment duties. Examples include Recruitment & Retention, Emergency Medical Services, Information Technology, Communications and Apparatus Maintenance.
A) use of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)B) search and rescueC) first aidD) ropes and knotsE) radio communicationsF) incident commandG) pump operations and hydraulicsH) hose handlingI) ventilationJ) fire preventionK) salvage and overhaulL) laddersM) fire extinguishersN) hazardous materials