- Citizens Fire Academy
- Community Emergency Response Team
- CPR Training
- Feed the Seniors
- Ready Set Go
- Smoke Detector
- Toys for Tots
The Princeton Citizens Fire Academy is a free hands-on learning program for residents who want to know more about their fire department.
Who can participate: A resident within the City or our Fire district, or employed in the City of Princeton. Participants must be age 21 or older. A Background Check is required.
Enrollment into the Princeton Citizens Fire Academy is held each spring. The online application for our Spring class is opening soon!
Princeton Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy Topics to be Covered
- Introduction to the Fire Department
- History of the fire service.
- Mission & Responsibility
- Staff Functions
Fire Department Operations
- Concept of Operations
- Tour of Station/Admin/Apparatus
- Review of our capabilities/equipment
- Ride-Along signup
Fire Marshal’s Office
- Code Enforcement/Inspections
- Fire Safety Education
- Fire Cause & Origin
- Fire Extinguishers
- Smoke/CO Detectors/Fire Alarms
Office of Emergency Management
- Community Risks & Preparedness
- Emergency Operations Center
- Learn CPR/AED & First Aid
- Wear firefighting gear
- Use our tools and equipment
- Ride-out with firefighters at the station
- Perform a simulated rescue
- Graduation Ceremony
Community Emergency Response Team
The Princeton Fire Department has partnered with the East Texas Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to support a Collin County team of citizen volunteers who can respond in the event of a major disaster or incident requiring a large manpower need, such as a tornado, lost person/search and rescue, etc. This citizen corps receives multiple levels of training to prepare them to assist first responders at various skill levels should an incident occur overwhelming existing first responder resources.
To become a member of East Texas CERT and the Collin County CERT based out of Princeton please send an email of inquiry to Mike Ross or visit the East Texas CERT website to start your CERT member training.
Free CPR/AED and Fire Safety Education Training
The Princeton Fire Department provides two types of CPR/AED training for citizens. Non-certification classes are based on available instructors and a minimum of 10 students. This is a non-certification class -- no cards are issued. This class is intended for those who want the knowledge and skills necessary to respond in an emergency but do not have a certification requirement.
"Card" classes are given twice a year. Please check our website to see when the next card class will be available. Persons seeking certification can also check with either www.Heart.org or www.RedCross.org for a class in the area.
Classes are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00PM - 9:00PM at the Steven & Judy Deffibaugh Community Center located at 416 N 4th Street.
Feed the Seniors
Each year around thanksgiving, the Fire Department provides a meal at the Fire Station for the seniors within our community.
It is our way of saying thank you and honoring the men and women who have lived and served in our community over their lifetimes.
If you would like to know the date of the meal please email the Fire Department.
Fill-the-BootOnce or twice a year our department participates in Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) "Fill the Boot" campaign. The money our firefighters collect on the street goes to helping the MDA foundation in supporting those individuals who suffer from this condition.
You will know when we are collecting, as our firefighters will be in uniform on the streets holding boots out accepting any donation.
Please help support us in this worthy cause.
Ready Set Go
The Princeton Fire Department has supported the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Ready Set Go program since 2011. Princeton has been recognized on multiple occasions for being in the top 6 in the nation for our efforts. We were honored in 2015 with helping the IAFC make a public information video which addressed details about the program. One of our own was also recognized in 2015 with the "National Excellence Award" and the "Smokey Bear Award."
The Princeton Fire Department in cooperation with the Princeton Fire Marshal's office installs smoke detectors in private residences within the city. Requests for a home inspection to determine if you are eligible for a free smoke detector or to determine if your smoke detectors are properly located should be made by emailing the Fire Department.
Our "smoke detector blitz", which targets specific neighborhoods in the city limits, occurs annually and it will be advertised in advance on our Facebook and this website. If your neighborhood is chosen for our semiannual blitz, our on-duty firefighters will come door to door and coordinate an install for you. Don't forget! Test your smoke detectors once a month and change your batteries in the fall and spring. Also if your smoke detector is over 10 years old it may be advisable to replace them as the sensors began to lose their sensitivity.
Toys for Tots
Each year our department participates in the United States Marine Corps Christmas time drive "Toys for Tots". We are proud to support this program that provides toys for children who may not normally receive a gift at Christmas time. Watch City facilities for a drop box near you beginning in late October. Toys should be donated that are new and unwrapped. We will make sure the boxes get picked up and the toys are delivered to the local Marine Corps collection point.