South Bay Regional Fire Fighter I Academy Information
The Fire Fighter I Academy is an 8-month, 632 hour program with additional required Certification Testing. The Fire Academy is intended to give required didactic and realistic hands-on fire fighter training as required by the State Fire Training Fire Fighter I Curriculum. This course meets and exceeds the standards for certification by the State Board of Fire Services and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
 
The Fire Academy is a "para military" setting with stringent uniform and grooming standards, demanding physical fitness expectations, high academic standards and a focus on professionalism that is expected by the fire service. The Fire Academy format is intended to properly prepare our graduates for successful entry into the fire service career. 
 
  • For the Fire Fighter I Academy Class #41 Registration Info/Checklist, click here
  • To be placed on the notification list for the Fire Fighter I Academy Class #42, click here (Registration will open in 2019)

Fire Fighter I Academy Pre-Requisites

* For information on the Fire Fighter I Academy Preparation Class #41 Registration Info/Checklists, click here.

  • Public Safety First Aid and CPR (CA Health and Safety Code 1797.182)

* Training equivalent to the current American Heart Association's guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the Healthcare Provider level or BLS level.

  • Valid California Drive License or Valid California ID
  • Fire Academy - Physicians Medical Clearance Approval
  • Medical Insurance Coverage
  • No felony convictions in any state
  • Provide compliant Person Protective Equipment (PPE)

*To view PPE options for students, click here

Fire Academy Hours (part-time program)

South Bay Regional Fire Academy is a part-time academy offered once per year:
  • November through June each year (8 months)
  • 1800-2200 (6pm - 10pm) every Friday evening
  • 0800-1800 (8am - 6pm) every Saturday and Sunday
  • Other weekday or evening sessions may be required
  • 632 academy hours of instruction of skills and 54 hours of testing (18 college units)
  • Recruits are expected to attend all sessions 

Fire Fighter I Academy Training Locations

South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium
Gavilan College Campus - San Jose
560 Bailey Ave., San Jose, CA 95141
Fire Academy Office - E119
Fire Academy Classroom - B113
 
Other South Bay's partnering agency site visits and training locations include:
  • Milpitas Fire Department
  • San Jose Fire Department
  • Palo Alto Fire Department
  • Hollister Fire Department
  • Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department
  • Silicon Valley Metro Ed Campus - San Jose
  • Gavilan College Campus - Hollister
  • Other sites and partnering agencies as required

Fire Academy Tuition and Estimated Student Expenses

For a break down of estimated costs and expenses for the Fire Fighter I Academy, click here.

State Fire Training Fire Academy Accreditation

South Bay Regional Fire Academy delivers the most current approved California State Fire Training. The Fire Academy curriculum exceeds the standards for certification by the state Board of Fire Services and the Office of Fire Marshal Office.
 
 
South Bay Regional Fire Academy offers our Recruits the State Fire Training Fire Fighter I Certification Testing based on the current FFI curriculum. The State Fire Training Fire Fighter I Curriculum and Certification Testing process are approved by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and ProBoard (NBFSPQ).
 
 
Certificates Issued Upon Graduation
 
Upon successful completion of the Fire Fighter I Academy at South Bay Regional Fire Academy graduates typically receive the following certifications:
 
South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium
 
  • Fire Fighter I Certificate of Completion - Fire Academy
  • Fire Fighter I Certificate of Completion - Fire Fighter I Certification Testing

California State Fire Marshal's Office

  • Confined Space Rescue Awareness
  • Fire Fighter Survival
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Fire Control 1 - Basic Fire Chemistry
  • Fire Control 2 - Basic Operations - Structural
  • Fire Control 3B - Structural Fire Fighting
  • Fire Control 6 - Wildland Fire Fighting Essentials
  • Incident Command System 100
  • Incident Command System 200
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations

CAL FIRE & The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)

  • Basic Wildland Firefighter (CAL FIRE)
  • S-130 Firefighter Training (NWCG)
  • S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (NWCG)

California Specialized Training Institute/Cal OES

  • Haz Mat - First Responder Operations

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • ICS - NIMS 700
  • ICS - NIMS 800

Note: Additional certification may be offered if the schedule allows.

Fire Fighter I Certification Testing

South Bay Regional Fire Academy will conduct Fire Fighter I Certification Testing during course of the Fire Academy. The Fire Fighter I Certification testing will usually be offered sequentially as a separate course at the conclusion of each curriculum training block. The certification testing costs are not included with the fire academy tuition.
 
State Fire Training Fire Fighter I Certification Testing will include:
  • Fire Fighter I - Structural written exam and skills testing
  • Fire Fighter I - Wildland written and skill testing
  • Fire Fighter I - Hazardous Materials written exam and skill testing

Registration

  • To be placed on the notification list for the Fire Fighter I Academy Class #42, click here (Registration will open in 2019)

Fire Academy E-mail: ff1@theacademy.ca.gov

Fire Academy Office Phone: (408) 229-4244

 
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