Fire Technology

Fresno City College (FCC) Fire Academy was founded in 1992 by Mike Collins, Retired Battalion Chief with the City of Fresno Fire Department. Our Academy is rated as one of the best Fire Academies in the State of California. We are Accredited by the State of California and we are also an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) through the California State Fire Marshal’s office. The Fire Academy became accredited in 2014 and completed its re-accreditation in 2017.

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Basic Fire Academy

The FCC Basic Fire Academy is designed to provide the extensive hands-on training required by many fire agencies for entry-level employment and prepares students to become a State of California Certified Firefighter I.

Fire Academy Information

Fire Technology Degrees

The FCC Fire Academy offers two Associate in Science degree programs. A Fire Technology Associate in Science degree and a Fire Technology/Company Officer Associate in Science degree. Both help prepare students for advancement in their Fire Service careers. Credit for Prior Learning is now available for some SFT courses and can be applied towards the degree.

Fire Technology Degree Information

EMT and Paramedic Programs

The FCC Fire Academy has an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Training Course and a partnership with the Fresno County Paramedic program that offers courses in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

EMT and Paramedic Information

State Fire Training Certificate Courses

The FCC Fire Academy offers various California State Fire Training certificate courses in Company Officer, Driver Operator, Fire Instructor, Fire Investigator, Fire Rescue, Incident Command, and Chief Officer. 

State Fire Certificates Information


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

First Responders Campus

3300 E. North Avenue

Fresno CA 93725


Phone: 559.442.5930

Location: First Responders Campus



Peter Cacossa, Fire Academy Director

Paulette Richards, Fire Academy Counselor

Richard Lum, Fire Academy Coordinator

Suzanne Sankey, Fire Academy Program Assistant


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