Allen and Mckinney Citizen academies offer classes

Participate in demonstrations of the Jaws of Life, a huge tool used to remove people from mangled cars. Climb a 100-foot ladder truck. Ride with firefighters on emergency calls. Try on SWAT gear. Drive a police car. Climb a 100-foot ladder truck. All this in free classes offered by the Allen and Mckinney’s Police and Fire Departments this spring.


Allen’s Citizens Police Academy, Fire Academy and McKinney’s Citizens Fire Academy are all now accepting applications.

Allen Police:

  • The 12-week course provides residents an opportunity to meet with officers from various units including K-9, SWAT, Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene. The officers will give talks on their field of expertise.
  • Citizens will learn how the Allen Police Department trains K-9s, investigates traffic accidents, busts drug deals and more. Crime scene investigation, use of force training and more will also be covered during hands-on sessions.
  • Allen Police are now taking applications for the Spring 2017 Citizens Police Academy (CPA). Classes begin Thursday, March 2, from 6-9 p.m. at the Allen Police Training Facility (802 South Greenville Avenue).
  • Enrollment is limited to the first 30 applicants. Applications are due Wednesday, March 1. If you have questions about the course, please contact Officer Sammy Rippamonti at or 214.509.4358. Apply now.

Allen Fire:

  • The Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) is now taking applications for Spring 2017. Over the ten-week course, citizens can learn about the Fire Department, try on authentic bunker gear, rappel from a building and more.
  • The course offers an insider view of Fire Department Services along with training in fire safety and prevention. There will also be hands-on experience in emergency operations and information on family disaster preparedness.
  • CFA classes start on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. All classes are held at the Ron Gentry Training Center (310 Century Parkway). Participants must be at least 18 years old and either live or work in the City of Allen. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 24.
  • Contact Public Education Coordinator Linda Greenidge at or 214.509.4413. Fill out an application today.

Mckinney Fire:

  • The McKinney Fire Department is offering a Citizens Fire Academy beginning March 23 to educate residents about personal safety, first aid, search and rescue, fire-fighting techniques, and other fire department functions.
  • The class will meet for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at fire stations in McKinney. In addition to the Thursday evening classes, two Saturday classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday dates will be announced the first evening of class.
  • The Citizens Fire Academy has a limited class size of 25. Applications are due March 6th. Please visit the  McKinney Fire Department website to download an application, email the Fire Department or call 972-547-2893 for more information.
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