Basic Fire Academy

Mt. San Antonio College offers a full-time Basic Fire Academy every Fall and Spring semester. The academy hours are from 5:45a.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday through Friday for 14 weeks. The approximate cost for supplies, school registration, uniforms and safety gear is $1500-$1800. This estimate does not include the cost of classes.

Mt. SAC’s Fire Academy is a regionally accredited institution. Upon completion of the academy, a Firefighter I Certified Trained certificate will be issued along with other academy certificates. After six months of employment as a full-time firefighter, the Chief of your department must request a Firefighter I Certificate from the CDF/State Fire Training.

How to Apply

Prior to applying to Mt. SAC's Basic Fire Academy, students are required to take the following fire classes:

FIRE 1: Fire Protection Organization                                               

FIRE 2: Fire Prevention Technology                                              

FIRE 3: Fire Protection Equipment & Systems                                 

FIRE 4: Building Construction for Fire Protection                            

FIRE 5: Fire Behavior & Combustion                                              

FIRE 13: Fire and Emergency Service Safety and Survival

Most fire classes meet once a week for three hours a semester. Students will receive three units for each course completed with a "C" or better. Students must retake any class for which a "F" or "W" was earned before they will be considered eligible for the Basic Fire Academy.

In addition to the six fire courses, the following prerequisites must also be met prior to acceptance into the Basic Fire Academy:

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician): EMT certification may be taken at other colleges. EMT 90-A and 90 will resume at Mt. SAC in the Summer and Fall semester of 2016 respectively.

KINF- 51 or 52: A minimum of one semester is required. It is recommended that students take this class every semester until the academy begins in order to achieve and maintain an optimal level of physical fitness.

Once all required prerequisite courses have been completed, students may submit their applications for the Fire Academy.

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We have just finished our selection process for the 62nd Basic Fire Academy on November 7th, 2015. We will start the selection process for the 63rd Basic Fire Academy sometimes in March of 2016. Please check back with us later. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please email the Fire Technology staff at and