Basic Fire Academy

Steps to Admission

Submit proof of completion for all of the following:

  1. BLS certification
  2. FIRET 1 certification (provide unofficial transcript if taken at another college)
  3. NREMT certification
  4. FCC Application
  5. Fire Academy Interest Form
  6. JST (if you are current or former military)
  7. Resume (if you have prior fire or EMT experience)

There are 2 academies per year in January and July. Interest Forms are available for submission as follows:

January Academy - June 1st through July 31st (selection occurs in August)

July Academy - November 1st through December 31st (selection occurs in January)

Interest Forms will only be considered if they are accompanied by all the applicable Proof of Completion documents listed above by the due date. For questions, email us at 


  • Must be 18 years of age or have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be in good academic standing with the college for any prior courses taken
  • Possess a valid California driver's license
  • Provide proof of a clear sports/DMV physical examination


Academy Content

The Basic Fire Academy Certificate is designed to prepare students for initial employment in the fire service. Our program includes four Fire Technology courses taken over the course of a 22-week period, for a total of 34 units. The Basic Fire Academy is offered in January and July, and consists of the following courses:

Graduates of the Basic Fire Academy will also earn the following State Fire Training Certificates:

Basic Fire Academy Costs

Basic Fire Academy costs include college tuition, various State Fire Training Certificate fees, a college health services fee, and the cost to purchase or rent additional supplies and equipment as needed. The total cost will be approximately $4,000.00 and is broken down below.

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 $896.00
Sub Total of Additional Items $2,250.00
Total (including basic items)* $4,213.00

*Protective clothing rental fees include a $100.00 refundable deposit and return shipping fee.
*Cost may change without prior notice

For information on Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office on campus at 559-442-8245 or email them at