Basic Fire Academy Admission Process

2 academies offered per year -  January & July


  1. FCC Application
  2. Fire Academy Interest Form - See availability below
    • Upload copies of the following documents to the Interest Form:
      • NREMT certificate
      • Fire Technology 1 - unofficial transcript showing completion or one of the following:
        • JST for military training or experience that may waive Fire Tech 1 requirement
        • Resume to show prior fire or EMT experience that may waive Fire Tech 1 requirement
      • BLS/CPR certificate - may be completed during the application period

Successful completion of Fire Technology 1 and NREMT certification are required PRIOR to applying to the academy. 

Interest Forms are only considered when accompanied by proof that you have completed the prerequisites.

Interest Forms are available as follows:  Not currently available

  • June 1st - July 31st with selection in August (January Academy)
  • November 1st - December 31st with selection in January (July Academy)

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  • Must be 18 or have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • In good academic standing for any prior college courses taken
  • Valid California driver's license
  • Proof of 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