Fire Technology

Basic Fire Academy

The Full-Time 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.

Extended Academy

Due to budget constraints, Mt. San Antonio College is no longer offering the extended academy.

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.

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.

Please click here for the Basic Fire Academy Q and  A.

Please click here for the 62nd Basic Fire Academy Selection Process.

Please click here for the Basic Fire Academy Application .

The application period for the 62nd Basic Fire Academy will begin on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 8:30am and end on Thursday, September 24, 2015  at 3:00pm  for Tier 1.

For Tier 2 and Tier 3, the application being accept on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 8:30am  and end on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 3:00pm.

Please keep in mind the Basic Fire Academy entrance exam will be held on November 6th, (Friday) and 7th (Saturday), 2015. Both date are MANDATORY.

All applications must be typed and submit application in person to the Fire Tech Office located in Building 28B Room 214. 

Attention all applicants: You will be placed in Tier 3 if any of your paperwork/documents are missing or incomplete at the time you turn in the application.

Please Note:  The Agility Exam (Fri and Sat) are mandatory (The dates will be announce it later).  You must attend both days. Invitations will be sent after submission of the 62nd Basic Fire Academy application. 

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


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