About FIANT.ORG
 
FIANT is an organization made up of fire instructors and fire safety officers from throughout the North Texas area.

Since it's inception in the mid 1960s, FIANT has contributed to the educational growth of the fire service in North Texas. It's emphasis has been to promote professionalism and proficiency in the fire service through education and the exchange of information.

We are governed by an executive board consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and members who represent area Fire Departments from across North Texas.
 
President - James Craft
James became the new President of the Fire Instructors Association of Texas in January of 2009.   James is a former President, having held that Office from 1992-1994.   James has been a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Certified Fire Fighter for almost 32 years.   He is now is a Full-time Coordinator for the Fire Service Training Center located on the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College.   Prior to his employment at TCC, James worked for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department for 26 years, with the last 18 spent at the rank of Captain.   James holds the following Certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection:  Master Fire Fighter, Master Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter, Fire Service Instructor III Master, Master Fire Investigator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Basic Inspector I, Basic Inspector II, Plans Examiner and Driver/Operator Pumper.  In addition, he has Certifications as a Fire Ground Safety Officer, Physical Fitness Specialist and in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management.   He is  actively involved in Community Service in Plano, where he resides with his wife, Carla, who is a Labor and Delivery Charge Nurse at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.  James is the proud Father of a Daughter, Lindsey, and a Step-Son, Brent.    James has a Degree in Business Administration (B.B.A) from Southern Methodist University and an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences in Fire Protection Technology from El Centro College.

Contact Information:
James M. Craft, Jr.
Coordinator, Fire Service Training Center
Tarrant County College
Phone: (817) 515-7365
Fax: (817) 515-7445
Email: james.craft@tccd.edu
 
Vice President - Torin Johnson


Contact Information:
Torin Johnson
Bedford Fire Department

Email:
tjohnson@ci.bedford.tx.us
 
Secretary/Treasurer - Jacob Smith
Jacob became secretary/treasurer of the Fire Instructors Association of Texas in July 2011. Jacob is currently a Lieutenant in the Euless Fire Department. Jacob has been with the Euless Fire Department for 10 years. Jacob also works as an adjunct instructor for Tarrant County College.    Jacob holds the following Certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection:  Intermediate Fire Fighter, Fire Service Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Basic Inspector I, Basic Inspector II, Plans Examiner and Driver/Operator Pumper. 

Jacob is married to Susan, who works diligently taking care of their three boys. Jacob has an Associate Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County College.

Contact Information
Jacob Smith
Euless Fire Dept.

Email:
jsmith@eulesstx.gov
 
 
 
 

James Craft