Skip to Content

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.

Enrollment and Certification

American River College operates two fire academies each year, January through mid May (Spring Academy), and August through mid December (Fall Academy). Application packets will be available on this website for the Spring Academy in October, and in May for the Fall Academy each year.

While there are no official prerequisites, the ideal candidate will have completed an accredited Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program which includes American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider, however, discretion rests with the Academy Director.

As part of the competitive selection process, candidates who have their application packet accepted, are required to participate in a written and physical assessment as part of the selection process prior to the Academy start date, date to be determined. The physical assessment includes push-ups, pull-ups, plank for time, and a 1.5 mile run for time. The written assessment is a multiple choice test consisting of the following six sections:

  • Memory Recall
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Directional Orientation
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Judgement and Reasoning

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.

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.


This Academy is considered a part-time academy.

  • Class meeting times will be:
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Each day is a 10-hour instructional day from 0630 - 1700.


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


Follow the ARC Fire Academy on Instagram