Skip to Content

Basic Firefighter Academy

Basic Firefighter I Academy

This 503-hour course provides manipulative and technical training in basic concepts of fire department organization, ropes, knots and hitches, hose and hose handling, ladder evolutions, wildland fires, fire investigation, fire prevention, salvage operations, fire department apparatus, tools and equipment, breathing apparatus, how to prepare yourself for a career in the fire service, extinguishers, personal protective equipment, communications, hazardous materials, confined space awareness, FF safety and survival, emergency care, forced entry, and physical fitness training is provided as part of our program.

The academy starts Friday, August 16, 2021, and ends December 17, 2021. There is a mandatory orientation scheduled for August 11, 2021, at 1630.


  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have an EMT Certification and valid Driver’s License.
  • Applicants must participate in and pass an oral interview, written exam, and physical agility test. Proof of passing FCTC Written Exam and CPAT within last 12 months will satisfy written exam and physical agility test requirement.

Credit enrollment is one semester (approximately 14.5 units) through American River College.

Certification includes California OSFM Firefighter I, Basic ICS: I-100, I-700, Confined Space Awareness, Fire Control 3, Firefighter Survival, and Haz-Mat (FRO, Decon, WMD).

Application period will begin on May 3, 2021. Once the academy has received and reviewed all submissions, an academy staff member will contact each applicant with information regarding the mandatory entrance testing and academy orientation.

Registration Fees

ARC Enrollment Fees

$667.00 ($46/unit @ 14.5 units)

Student Materials & Certifications


SCBA Rental Fee

$480.00 (Paid directly to SCBA Vendor)

PPE Rental/Purchase Fee

$799.39 (Paid directly to PPE Rental Vendor)

Uniform Package

$245.00 (Paid directly to Uniform Vendor)

PT Gear Uniform Package

$120.00 (Paid directly to Uniform Vendor)

Total Fees:


All fees subject to change


Basic Firefighter I Academy
Director 916-767-2380

Classes Meet

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Course hours may
also be scheduled on
Tuesdays or Thursdays
to meet training specifications.
Part-Time Schedule ~ 503 hours.


2409 Dean Street, McClellan, CA 95652