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Fire Technology



firefighter academy

Must have either a Valid NREMT/EMT card/ a Valid State of California EMT/Paramedic card PRIOR to enrollment into the Fire Academy.

Prerequisites:EMT card,Fire 101, fire102 AND either FIRE 106 or A VALID CPAT(CANDIDATE PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST) card.



Accredited by the California State Fire Marshal's Office.

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 925-473-7750 Ret.Capt. Mike Grillo or 925-473-7752 Ret. Firefighter Pramedic German Sierra for information about this program. At this time the Fire Academy is only held during our FALL semester.

** Please note** There is a MANDATORY Pre-Fire Academy orientation.


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.


Frequently asked questions


What will I accomplish in the Fire Academy
If a student satisfactorily completes the Los Medanos College Fire Fighter Academy, they receive an Educational Fire Fighter One Certificate,which when coupled with a State of California EMT license qualifies them to test with fire departments throughout the State . 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 they are: Fire Tech 101, Fire Tech 102 , a current EMT or Paramedic License and either FIRE 106 or a subtition by taking the CPAT exam which must be valid until the end of the Fire Academy. 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 TWICE a year , one in the Spring and one in the Fall

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 32 and 35 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. ( see chart below for specifics )


Firefighter I Academy Fee Schedule
Registration Fee for 16 Units
Student Union Fee and Student Activities Fee
Certificates (Based upon instructor availability)
$65 - $135
Physical Trainning Gear and Supplies
Book: Firefighter Handbook on Wildland Firefighting / Deer Press
Book: Jones & Bartlett: Essentials of Firefighter Skills 3rd Ed. with ONLINE access key
Academy Class “B” Uniform
Academy Class “C” Uniform / Cap / Sweaters etc
Black Leather Safety Boots
Fall 2017 PPE Rental Fee added /Includes Structural PPE/Wildland PPE and SCBA rental, these prices are appromixate and subject to change.
Total: (Subject to change without notice )
Aproximately $2500-$2750 dollars


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 Captain Mike Grillo at mgrillo@losmedanos.edu/Ret.Firefighter Paramedic German Sierra @gsierra@losmedanos.edu or Ret. Captain Ricky Hurtado@rhurtado@losmedanos.edu