Texas Fire Chiefs Academy

Texas Fire Chiefs Academy is a comprehensive training opportunity for current fire chiefs and those who aspire to be fire chiefs. After completing Year 2 training, you’ll earn your Certified Fire Executive “CFE” professional designation. Years 1 & 2 are available at both spring and fall academies.

Attend one or both of the upcoming Texas Fire Chiefs Academies. This Academy is quickly becoming a desired/required credential for fire chief positions throughout the state, as seen in several recent job postings. Your department may qualify for up to $575 of funding that could go toward tuition! Review the Texas Forest Service Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program guidelines. Current chiefs and executive officers are especially encouraged to attend. Graduates of the Academy receive the Certified Fire Executive or CFE professional designation.

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2024 Spring Academy – Grapevine

Event Details

Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7
Each class is limited to 75 attendees.


  • Sunday, June 2
    • 4:00 – 6:00 pm | Registration and Check-In
  • Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 6
    • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Required Academy Presentations
  • Friday, June 7
    • 8:00 am – 11:30 am | Required Academy Presentations
Full Academy Agenda 

TFCA provides lunch for each day of the Academy. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for all guest and dinner is on your own each night.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Grapevine DFW Airport North
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051

Registration Fee - $1,250

The 2024 Spring Fire Chief Academy Class is now full. Due to assignment deadlines, we will no longer be accepting people from the waitlist. Please complete the interest form below to be notified when the next Academy is opening.

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Hotel Information

The limited TFCA rooms block at the Embassy Suites is now SOLD OUT.

TFCA has secured a limited overflow room block at the nearby Residence Inn for $160 per night. The Residence in is a one minute drive to the Embassy Suites.

Residence Inn DFW Airport North/Grapevine
2020 State Highway 26
Grapevine, TX 76051

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Attendee Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given for written requests received on or before May 13, 2024. A 50% refund will be issued for written requests received between May 14 – 20, 2024. No refunds will be issued after May 20, 2024. Cancellations must be received in writing from the original registrant to [email protected]. No cancellations will be taken by phone. Registrants who do not attend the conference and/or do not contact TFCA via written correspondence during the set window as directed above will be responsible for the full attendee registration fee.

Attending the Fire Chief Academy requires prework. Your registration may be subject to cancellation without refund if the requirements are not received before the Academy deadlines. It is expected that you communicate with Ken Prillaman, [email protected], if you have any concerns about the deadlines.

Attendee Substitution Policy

Due to the pre-work required for the Fire Chief Academy, no substitutions will be taken.

Sponsorship Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected]. No cancellations will be accepted over the phone. Cancellations are effective on the date written notification is received by TFCA. To qualify for a full refund, cancellations must be received one month before the event’s start date. A fifty percent (50%) refund will be given for cancellations received three weeks before the event’s start date. Sponsors canceling after three weeks before the event start date, will be responsible for (100%) payment in full. Sponsors that do not provide written notification of cancellation and do not participate in the event will be responsible for payment in full and may jeopardize the right to sponsor at future events.