The Firefighter I Academy Certificate of Achievement is intended for pre-Fire Service students and Fire Service professionals (volunteer and paid fire fighters) to train in an accepted State curriculum, and as an Accredited Regional Training Program, the Academy is certified by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. In addition to the Academy completion certificate, candidates will need to complete field experience (1 year volunteer or 6 months fulltime) in order to obtain their Firefighter I certificate.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The academy includes over 585 hours of instruction and basic firefighting skills needed for the entry level professional firefighter to perform his/her duties safely, effectively, and competently. The curriculum is based on the 2019 edition of NFPA 1001, Standards for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, the 2020 edition of NFPA 1051, Standards for Wildland Firefighter Professional Qualifications, and the s 2017 NFPA 1072: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications (2017). The seven overarching themes of the California State Firefighter 1 and 2 curriculum are: general knowledge germane to the profession, fire department communication, fire ground operations, rescue operations, preparedness and maintenance, wildland suppression activities, and hazardous materials/WMD.
In addition to the curriculum identified in these standards, students receive additional instruction in the areas of Auto extrication, the Incident Command System (ICS), Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (LARRO), an expanded Wildland Firefighting component that meets the requirements necessary to obtain a Cal Fire Basic Firefighter Certificate, Confined Space Awareness and a rigorous physical training component.
Prior to enrolling in the academy, students must complete EMT (EMC 105) or First Responder (EMC 100).
For students interested in an Associate degree, a Fire Technology major is also available.
- Describe fire department organization and the expectations of entry level firefighters;
- Differentiate types of fire behavior and its impact on structural and wildland situations;
- Demonstrate and apply the use of fire department equipment through its selection for given firefighting tasks;
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of strategies, tactics and incident command through the selection and implementation of
firefighting methods and the application of the Incident Command System (ICS); and
- Demonstrate safe practices by using minimum standard safety procedures.
The requirements for the Firefighter Academy Certificate program are:
Complete 24 units from
- Firefighter Academy Requirements
|Firefighter Academy Requirements - complete 24.00 units
|Fire Protection Organization
|Introduction to Firefighter Academy
|Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
|Emergency Medical Responder
|Emergency Medical Technician
The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.