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Fire Technology - Major #883A

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


The Fire Academy (Fire Technology 130A & 130B) is a 26 unit class (6 units of which are 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 beginning 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 $2,763.00, broken down as follows:

26 units @ $46 per unit


Health Fee (subject to change)


Text Books




Estimated Additional Costs

Approved safety boots




Protective clothing rental


Physical examination


CSFM Certificates




    • Costs and fees subject to change
    • Protective Clothing Rental is $861.00 for the Night 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.


To qualify for the academy, applicant must:

  • 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 at (559) 265-5700.
  • Possess a valid California driver's license.
  • Provide proof of a clear sports / DMV physical examination.


  1. CPR
  2. Public Safety First Aid (as defined 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.

The Fire Academy consists of arduous physical activities.  Students must be in top physical and mental condition.


  • Review/complete appropriate English course: English 125 & 126 or ESL 67 & 68 or English 1A
  • 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 fire fighting experience will be beneficial in applying for entry level fire fighting 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 Wild Land Firefighter
  • CSFM Certified 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 & Decon 


Last updated: 1/17/2017 3:27:04 PM