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 and 22A & 22B) is a 34 unit cohort offered both in the Summer/Fall semester and Spring semester both are 22 weeks long.

Costs include the basic college fees plus the cost of additional supplies and equipment as needed. The total cost will run about $4000.00, broken down below.

Cost

Basic Items Cost
34 units @ $46 per unit $1,564.00 (subject to change)
Health Fee $13.00
Text Books $100.00
Total of Basic Items $1,677.00
Additional Items Estimated Cost
Approved Safety Boots $250.00
Uniforms $300.00
Protective Clothing $950.00
Physical Examination $150.00
CSFM Certificates $600.00 (Price changing as of July 1 2020)
Sub Total of Additional Items $2,250.00
Total (including basic items) $3,917.00

*Cost may change without any prior notice
*Protective Clothing Rental's price includes a $100.00 refundable deposit and return shipping fee.

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

  • CPR
  • Hold a valid NREMT-B Certification
  • Complete a Physical Agility
  • Complete FireT 1 core course or equivalent from another institution

These two prerequisites (NREMT-B and FIRET 1) 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 placed 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

Fill out 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 (S-130, S-190, L-180)
  • CSFM Certificated Firefighter 1
  • CSFM Firefighter 2 taskbook
  • CSFM Auto Extrication
  • CSFM Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Incident Command System I-100 & I-200
  • CSFM Confined Space Awareness
  • CSFM Fire Control 3B
  • CSTI and CSFM Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations & Decon
  • CSFM Firefighter Survival
  • CSFM Fire Control 4 
  • NWCG L-280
  • CSFM RIC Ops

FireFighter II

We will continue to offer stand-alone FF2 academies for continuing education. The program will be 3 weeks in January and will offer more certification opportunities than what the curriculum offers. Certificates given in this academy are Fire Cotrol 4, RIC OPS, and L-280. This course consists of FIRET 22A and FIRET 22B and is 5 units.  

Internships

Since the Spring of 2019 our program partnered with Selma Fire Department, Kingsburg Fire Department and North Central Fire Protection District to provide internship opportunities for recent graduates. This allows students to gain experience while working to gain employment and can work up to 450 hours per semester. Since the start of the program, 35 students gained internships and 21 students are now employed as firefighters. The class they are enrolled in is AT-19.