The Fire Academy program is designed to introduce, update, or improve job skills for persons engaged in fire protection careers. The Firefighter I Academy program leads to a certificate of completion. A certificate may be earned by completion of competency requirements and 30 units of any combination of Fire Technology and Fire Academy courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
The Fire Fighter 1 Academy is offered in cooperation with Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Training Center. Please call the LMC Fire/EMS Department at 439-2181 x 3274 for information about the orientation and registration process.
Any request for accommodations in a training program or for off-campus training should be referred to a DSPS counselor. Students should keep in mind that the individual institutions that host the College’s training programs may have their own rules and regulations that must be followed, and not all accommodations requested may be feasible, permissible, or reasonable. Therefore, DSPS will work together with the students, the instructor, and the on- or off-site training program to determine the appropriate accommodations and facilitate in implementing those accommodations.
What will I accomplish in the Fire Academy
If a student satisfactorily completes the Fire Fighter One Academy, they receive an Educational Fire Fighter One Certificate, which qualifies them to test with fire departments throughout the State of California. Fire Academy graduates have the skills, knowledge and abilities to use fire service tools and equipment, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, fire service ladders, power tools, hydraulic equipment, forcible entry and ventilation equipment, and medical equipment. Fire Academy graduates have additional certifications in Introductory Wildland Fire Behavior S-130 and S-190, Auto Extrication, Confined Space Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations and Incident Command System 100 and 200.
Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?
Yes, it has several pre-requisites Fire Tech 101, Fire Tech 107 and Fire Tech 106 or successful completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test CPAT are the pre-requisites. A current medical release form from a physician is required in order to participate in strenuous physical activities in the Fire Academy program.
When is the Fire Academy offered?
Currently the LMC Fire Academy is offered in the fall semester of each year.
How do I sign up for the Fire Academy?
Students register for this class just like any other class as long as you meet the pre-requisites.
How many spots/seats are normally available in the LMC Fire Academy?
The academy normally allows between 33 and 41 cadets.
How should I be preparing myself for the Fire Academy?
1.Meet the pre-requisites, 2.Mentally prepare yourself for a lot of reading, writing and critical thinking, 3.Get physically prepared for lifting, pulling, carrying, climbing using both upper and lower body muscles groups.
Does this program have any special costs?
Yes it does. Current Registration fees of $720, Current Certificate Fess are $135 , Current academy text book is
$75 and Material/Equipment fees are approximately $500-$600 to cover uniform requirements, safety equipment requirements ( see chart below for specifics )
Firefighter I Academy Fee Schedule
|Registration Fee for 15 Units||
|Student Union Fee and Student Activities Fee||
|Certificates (Based upon instructor availability)||
$65 - $135
|Personal Protective Clothing Rental Fee (optional)||
|Gloves, Hood & Goggles||
|IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting (5th Edition)||
|Academy Class “B” Uniform||
|Academy Class “C” Uniform||
|Black Leather Safety Boots||
|Total: (Subject to change)||
Enrollment Fee for California Residents
NOTE: The enrollment fee for California residents (as defined in the Education Code) is $46 per unit starting in Fall 2012. The District reserves the right to adjust the enrollment fee based on changes in State legislation. Fees may be charged retroactively if a change in fees occurs.
Please contact Fire Academy Coordinator
Mike Grillo at 925-439-2181 x 3274