Citizens Fire Academy

The Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is a free, 10-week program where citizens that live or work in Bedford meet weekly to learn more about their fire department. CFA is offered once a year covers more than 20 informative topics, including fire and arson investigations, fire station tours, equipment, and recruiting, are instructed by firefighters with numerous hands-on activities. These activities allow the class participants opportunities to experience the firefighter’s job.

Citizens Fire Academy group photo


The 2023 Citizens Fire Academy will occur every Thursday beginning March 21 through May 23. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Class participants must be 18 years or older and live or work in Bedford to attend the CFA. A background check will be performed on all applicants. To participate, please complete the online CFA application. Applications are due by Monday, February 26.

The class is offered free to participants, and each must attend at least eight classes to graduate. Once participants complete the academy, they will be invited to join the Bedford Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association (BCFAAA). The Alumni Association was formed to provide support to the Fire Department and firefighters. Information about the Alumni Association can be found at their Facebook page.

For more information, please contact the Fire Department at 817-952-2500.