Fire Technology

Fresno City College (FCC) Fire Academy was founded in 1992 by Mike Collins, Retired Battalion Chief with the City of Fresno Fire Department.

FCC Fire Academy is rated as one of the number one Fire Academies in the State of California. The program is an Accredited Fire Academy by the State of California and is also an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) through the California State Fire Marshal’s office.

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Fire Academy

It is designed to prepare students for initial employment in the field of Fire Technology. It also prepares students for upper division course work towards a bachelor's degree.

Schedule: The Fire Academy (Fire Technology 130A & 130B) is a 26 unit class (6 units of which is degree applicable) offered either on a daytime schedule beginning in July or August of each year or on a four night per week and Saturday schedule that begins in January. Both academies cover the same material and are 804 hours in length.

Costs include the basic college fees plus the cost of additional supplies and equipment as needed. The total cost will run about $2,766.00, broken down below.

Cost

Basic Items Cost
26 units @ $46 per unit $1,196.00
Health Fee $11.00
Text Books $170.00
Total of Basic Items $1,377.00
Additional Items Estimated Cost
Approved Safety Boots $150.00
Uniforms $300.00
Protective Clothing $661.00
Physical Examination $150.00
CSFM Certificates $125.00
Sub Total of Additional Items $1,386.00
Total (including basic items) $2,763.00

*Cost may change without any prior notice
*Protective Clothing Rental for the Night Academy is $861, due to it being a longer Academy.
*Protective Clothing Rental's price includes a $100.00 refundable deposit.

Qualified students attending the Fire Academy may be eligible for financial aid. Questions should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office on campus.

Admission

Qualifications

  • Be 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Applicants with prior college work must be on good academic and progress standing.
  • Contact the Fire Academy Coordinator at the Career Technology Center.
  • Possess a valid California driver's license.
  • Provide proof of a clear sports/DMV physical examination.

Prerequisites

  1. CPR
  2. Public Safety First Aid (as defined by California Health and Safety Code Sec. 1797.182) or EMT (Highly recommended).

These two prerequisites are required for entry into the Fresno City College Fire Academy. Priority may be given to students affiliated with and sponsored by area fire agencies.

In order to have your name palced on the FCC Fire Academy interest list, complete the form.  You will be contacted when an opening is available.

Fresno City College Fire Academy Interest Form

Advice

  • Review/complete appropriate English and math courses. I.E., English 1A and Math 1
  • Complete the following course, offered each spring semester at FCC: Fire T 1-Fire Protection Organization
  • Physical Fitness Preparation
    Throughout the Fire Academy there is a strong emphasis on physical training focusing on endurance, strength, and technique. Cadets are required to pass a comprehensive physical fitness exam to successfully complete the academy.
  • Volunteer firefighting experience will be beneficial in applying for entry level firefighting positions.

Additional Information

The Fresno City College Fire Academy provides extensive hands on training required by many fire agencies for entry level employment as a firefighter. Graduates of the Fresno City College Fire Academy receive the following certifications and /or certificates:

  • Fresno City College Certificate of Achievement
  • CAL-FIRE (CDF) Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • CSFM Certificated Firefighter 1 Training Record
  • CSFM Auto Extrication
  • CSFM Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Incident Command System I-100 & I-200
  • CSFM Confined Space Awareness
  • CSFM Fire Control 3
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations & Deacon

Professional Development

Fresno City College is committed to student success. Each spring semester the Fire Technology core and one half of the course options are offered. With this alternating schedule, students can reasonably expect to complete their Associates Degree in two years.

Certified Fire Officer Courses

Each semester at least one half of the Fire Officer classes are offered.

Specialized Courses

Special courses are offered that cover topical issues facing the Fire Service and courses that have been put together as a result of a very active Fire Technology Advisory Committee.

Fire Technology Core

Class Description Units
Fire T1 Fire Protection Organization 3
Fire T2 Fire Prevention Technology 3
Fire T3 Fire Protection Equipment & Systems 3
Fire T4 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
Fire T5 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
Fire T14 Firefighter Safety & Survival 3
AT 10 Technical Computer App 3
AT 120 Industrial Science 3
AT 130 Industrial Mathematics 3
Total Units (9 x 3) 27

Course Options

Class Description Units
Fire T8 Fire Hydraulics 3
Fire T9 Firefighting Practices 3
Fire T130A Basic Fire Academy - Part 1* see below
Fire T130B Basic Fire Academy - Part 2* 6
Fire T131 Emergency Medical Technician -1 3
Fire T135 Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic** 8

Select 12 units

*Fire T130A and Fire T130B carry a total value of 26 units, however only 6 units can be applied to the Associate in Science Degree or Certificate of Achievement.

** 8 units from a completed Paramedic program can be applied to the Associates in Science Degree or Certificate of Achievement.

  • Certificate of Achievement: must complete the 26 unit core and 12 units of course options with a GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Competency and general education requirements must be met to qualify for Associates Degree.

All dates are subject to change due to student enrollment or agency response to local emergency events.

ISA Agreements

In-Service Agreements or ISAs are agreements between professional departments in the Central Valley for Continuing Education Units or CEUs. These classes are important for department personnel to maintain their skills and keep their certifications current without having to take a firefighter "off the line". As per the agreement departments receive a stipend from the college for each hour trained per firefighter. ISAs are important for the school as well because it helps to create and foster a relationship between those departments and the Fire Technology Program. This program also keeps fire personnel current at Fresno City College should they choose to obtain more certifications or an Associates Degree in Fire Science.

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