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Fire Academy Students spraying water at fire.

Fire academy students spraying water at fire.

Fire Academy Students posing for picture in front of fire

Mt. SAC Fire Academy Students

Using the jaws of life to cut into a vehicle

Fire academy student using the jaws of life to cut into a vehicle

Fire Academy Gear in standing formation

Fire academy gear in standing formation

Students folding gear, and students climbing ladder on smoke house.

Students folding gear, and students climbing ladder on smoke house.

Basic Fire Academy

Mt. San Antonio College offers a full-time Basic Fire Academy every Fall and Spring semester. The academy hours are from 4:30a.m. to 7:00p.m. Monday through Friday for 15 weeks. The approximate cost for supplies, school registration, uniforms and safety gear is $1800-$2200. ( Mt. SAC Basic Fire Academy do not accept any station sponsorship for students) 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 or at Mt. SAC. 
  • 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.




71st Basic Fire Academy
(Fall 2020):


The  application for All Tiers (Tier 1, 2, and 3)  will be accepted starting Monday, March 9th, 2020 at 8:30am and end on Thursday, March 19th,  2020 at 3:00 pm.

All Applicants, when you have been invited to the  Academy Entrance Exam, both  Friday, May 15th, and Saturday May 16th, 2020 are mandatory for you to attend.

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

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