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Next Academy will start Fall 2014!

Applications are available starting 8:00am on March 31, 2014.
Deadline to submit the application is 4:30pm April 11.

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Accredited Firefighter Academy

The Firefighter I Academy is offered through partnerships with the Placer and Nevada County Fire Chief’s Associations and The City of Roseville Fire Department. Sierra College is recognized by the California State Fire Marshal and the State Board of Fire Services as an Accredited Regional Training Program.

Students must enroll in FT 100, Firefighter I Academy (500 hours) and PE 200 Fire Academy Physical Training (80 hours). Prerequisites to the Academy require completion of Fire Technology 1, Fire Protection Organization and Health Science 2, Emergency Medical Technician.

The Firefighter I Academy is offered in an extended format (evenings and weekend classes), which enables students to maintain employment while preparing for a career in the fire service. The fall Academy is held late July through December, and in the spring, January through May. Classes will be conducted on most weeknights and weekend days. The required 80% academic standard for the Firefighter I Academy is rigorous. Candidates need to be aware at the outset that this will place extraordinary demands on their time and resources.

Schedule of Course Meetings will be as follows: 

PE 200: Monday & Wednesday 1800-2000 (location varies).

FT 100: Tuesdays, Thursdays 1800-2230, and Saturdays 0800-1800, plus some additional Fridays and Sundays. 

Upon successful completion of the Academy, students will meet the training requirements for the California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I. Student will then be able to apply for the Certification after successful competition of the task book and experience requirement, one year as a Volunteer or Reserve firefighter or six months as an Intern/full time paid firefighter with a California fire department. The California State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently working towards National accredited certification, which is approved by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board). Student completing the Academy will be eligible to apply for these additional certifications in the future.

Other Certificates of Training awarded upon completion of the Academy include: (subject to change)

  • Basic Incident Command System—ICS 100
  • National Incident Management System – 700a
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder—Operational (CSTI)
  • Fire Control 3
  • Firefighter Survival
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • CAL FIRE—Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • S-190 Beginning Fire Behavior
  • L-180 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service
  • S-134 LCES

Acceptance into the Fire Academy is by an application process, which includes a physical examination. Applications for the Academy are available in April for the fall academy and October for the spring academy.

Academy Core Values


Guides firefighters to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior.


Is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in firefighters.

Devotion to Duty

The selfless devotion to an act or course of action that is required of one's position.


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