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Basic Firefighter Academy

This 560-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 Monday, August 7, 2023 and ends Friday, December 15, 2023.
  • There is a mandatory Testing and Fitness Assessment (June 21), Acceptance Meeting (June 28) and Orientation Meeting (Aug 2).
  • Times TBD.

Enrollment and Certification

Credit enrollment is one semester (approximately 16 units) through American River College.

Certification includes California OSFM Firefighter I & Firefighter II; ICS: I100, I200, I700; Confined Space Rescue Awareness; Fire Control 3; Firefighter Survival; Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue Technician; CSTI Pro Board Haz Mat FRO; Wildland L180, S190, S130, and S131.


Application period begins May 1, 2023, and ends May 19, 2023. After the academy has received and reviewed all submissions, an academy staff member will contact each applicant by email with information regarding the mandatory entrance testing and academy acceptance & orientation dates.

Basic Firefighter Academy Application (PDF)

Registration Fees

Total Fees: $3,700 to $3,800. All fees are subject to change.
Fee Name Amount Paid to
Enrollment and Tuition Fees $736
(16 units at $46 per unit)

American River College

Student Materials $500 TBD
Student Certifications $500 TBD
CSFM FF1 Testing and Certification $225 TBD
SCBA Rental $600 SCBA Vendor
PPE Rental/Purchase $800 PPE Rental Vendor
Uniform Package $250 Uniform Vendor
PT Gear Uniform Package $130 Uniform Vendor

*Fees for Student Materials, Certifications, SCBA Rental and PPE Rental may be substantially less pending approval of Grant money provided by ARC. The fees currently do not reflect this and will be adjusted lower if approved.


Academy Director
Captain Tim Adams (SFD Ret.)
(916) 767-2380

Classes Meet

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 0630-1700 hours. If needed some classes may be scheduled on Tuesdays or Thursdays at the discretion of the Academy Staff.


Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority
2409 Dean Street McClellan, CA 95652
Room #130