Chief Training Officer:

Chief J. Eric Abbt has been involved with the Fire Service essentially his entire life, starting as a volunteer firefighter with Freeport VFD at the age of 14, he now holds Master Certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection in Suppression and Instructor. During his 23 year career with Houston Fire Department, he has promoted to the rank of District Chief. Chief Abbt instructed the Associate Degree program for Houston Community College where he instructed Houston Firefighters for more than 12 years. He holds numerous fire and rescue certifications and memberships in Fire and Safety Organizations throughout the US and Canada. Chief Abbt obtained and associate degree in Fire Protection Technology and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science at Columbia Southern University. Chief Abbt started in 2003, this was a time that online courses were not as popular as they are today. Technology has improved, but the same fire training standard Chief Abbt has instilled in the students has remained the same. Fire Academy Online is proud to state that we are one of the leading fire schools in the state of Texas. Our program that Chief Abbt created is committed to preparing students for TCFP and guiding them to the right path of their fire service careers.

During your on-line portion of training Fire Academy Online Staff will be available to answer your questions, or assist you with any difficulties, which you may encounter. Fire Academy staff consists of seasoned firefighters that ranks include basic firefighters, Engineer Operators, Lieutenants, Captains, Chiefs and retired firefighters. All instructors are certified TCFP Fire instructors who are seasoned in the fire industry and are dedicated to student success.

If you have any questions or concerns with the course content please contact Melinda Abbt at (281)489-9221 or email: /

All 12 Day Skill Sessions are instructed by Professional Firefighters committed to YOUR success!


J. Eric Abbt (Chief Training Officer)

  • HFD District Chief
  • HFD Since 1993
  • TCFP Master Firefighter
  • TCFP Master Instructor I,II & III 
  • TCFP Field Examiner
  • TCFP Driver/Operator
  • TCFP Fire Officer I & II
  • Texas Boater Safety Instructor
  • PADI Open Water and Rescue Diver
  • Incident Safety Officer
  • HazMat Tech
  • Swift Water Rescue Tech 
  • Confined space/ High angle Tech
  • TDH EMT-Basic
  • HFD District Training Officer 
  • AAS Fire Protection Tech
  • AAS Occupational Health and Safety 
  • BS Fire Science 


Melinda M. Abbt (Assistant Director)

  • Advanced Firefighter 
  • HFD Since 2004
  • TDH EMT-Basic
  • TCFP Fire Officer I
  • TCFP Driver Operator
  • TCFP Instructor III
  • TCFP Field Examiner
  • AAS Liberal Arts





In Memory of our beloved mentor and friend...

                 Johnny Mitchell                  

1952 - 2006
District Chief (retired)
Master Firefighter
Instructor II
TCFP Field Examiner
HCCS Industrial Fire School
AA Fire Protection Tech

 District Chief Kyle Raney (retired)

  • Chief HFD District #8, 32 yrs
  • TCFP Master Firefighter
  • Texas Boat Safety Instructor
  • HCC Fire Protection Tech - Instructor
  • HFD High Rise Rescue Team