- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
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.