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The Firefighter I Academy is a 15-unit course conducted by the Santa Rosa Junior College in cooperation with CalFire and the Sonoma and Marin Fire Training Officers’ Associations. It is a basic Firefighter I Academy conforming to the 2013 curriculum established by the State Board of Fire Services and State Fire Training (SFT) with the exception that it does not include the required emergency medical training.
The academy includes 480 hours of instruction in basic firefighting skills including: firefighter health and safety, protective equipment, communications, tools and equipment, building construction and related hazards, hose streams, ladders, ventilation, forcible entry, search and rescue, property conservation, overhaul, firefighter survival, fire behavior and control techniques, firefighting tactics and strategy, exterior firefighting, wildland fire suppression, hazardous materials/WMDs, and physical fitness. Upon completion, students receive the following certificates: Academy Completion, CalFire Basic Firefighter, CSTI Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational, SFT Confined Space Awareness, SFT Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (LARRO), SFT Auto Extrication, SFT Firefighter Survival, SFT ICS 200, and NWCG S-130, 131, and 190. At the termination of the academy, students will complete testing that includes an SFT online written exam and skills tests that meet SFT, IFSAC, and Pro-Board requirements for Firefighter I.
With the course completion certificate and EMT card, you will have exceeded the academic requirements for certification as a Firefighter I. Please note, prior to receiving your Firefighter I certificate, the State Board of Fire Services also requires six months experience as a paid firefighter or one year as a volunteer before a Firefighter I Certificate can be issued.
While the Firefighter I Academy is not a “Core” course for a Fire Technology Degree or Certificate, it can be applied to meet the required elective units for either.
The Firefighter I Academy is offered in both an Extended and Intensive Format.
Extended Format: Is offered only in the Fall and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-10pm and Saturdays and Sundays 8am-5pm. This format lasts the duration of the semester.
Intensive Format: Is offered only in the Spring and meets Monday through Friday 8am-5pm beginning in mid-February and ending in early May.
In addition to the time frames identified above, both formats include an extended week for the wildland component of the course which includes two 24-hour overnight sessions.
To enroll in the Firefighter I Academy, you must first complete the following prerequisites:
Once these prerequisites have been met, you must submit the following documents directly to the Public Safety Training Center: Firefighter I Academy application, Medical Clearance Form (PDF), and Fire 208 & 208.1 Code of Conduct (PDF). If the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available, a lottery process shall be used.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Fall Academy: June 1st Spring Academy: October 1st (in the preceding year)
If accepted into the academy, you will be mailed an acceptance packet with detailed instructions that must be met. This includes completion of an OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation (Fit test) Questionnaire by a licensed physician at your cost. While we provide the form used by Kaiser for your convenience, you may use any Occupational Health Provider as long as they use an OSHA approved form.
The last stage of the enrollment process is attending the course orientation. ATTENDANCE AT THE ORIENTATION IS MANDATORY. The orientation date will be provided in the acceptance packet.
The Firefighter I Academy is held at the Public Safety Training Center (5743 Skylane Blvd, Windsor). Some sessions are held off-site.
For additional questions, please contact the Department’s Administrative Assistant Rachel Smith by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-836-2906.
Uniforms and Protective Gear
Students are required to provide a navy blue uniform, OSHA approved black “Station” boots (wildland boots are permitted provided they are kept to a high shine), running shoes, dark blue sweatpants, sweatshirt, short, and t-shirt (100% cotton). In order to provide NFPA compliant protective gear for live fire training, students are also required to rent turnouts for the duration of the academy (from a specific vendor). The approximate cost for uniforms and turnout rental is $1100. This is in addition to the enrollment and material costs for the academy.
For enrollment costs and vendor information for the current semester, please contact Rachel Smith in the Fire Technology Department at 707-836-2906.
To view some of the testing standards used in the fire academy and the Intro course, go to:
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