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FIRE 95 - Basic Fire Academy

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FIRE-95 BASIC FIRE ACADEMY                                                                            

43rd ACADEMY - Spring 2015

February 23 - May 15, 2015            

Orientation - Regional Public Safety Training Center - Room 173
***THE NEXT ORIENTATION WILL BE January 10, 2015 AT 0900***

Public Safety Orientation will help prepare you for the Fire Academy.  The cost is $35 
and payable to the Victor Valley College Foundation.
PUBLIC SAFETY ORIENTATION FORM

***PUBLIC SAFETY ORIENTATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED***

 

All recommended courses are offered prior to Academy:
Click here to view Class Schedule listings now

 

Application required - Read this FIRST:

ACADEMY APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY December 31, 2014

The Academy Application process is available online now using the link provided at the bottom of this web page. 

 

The Victor Valley College Firefighter I Academy is a 400-plus hour intensive training program, Monday through Friday from 5:30  a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for 12 weeks. This course provides basic firefighter skills and knowledge with an emphasis on “Hands On” skills development. The course conforms to the standards for certification by the State Board of Fire Services and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

This course has strict standards that comply with those required of firefighters in the fire service. Grooming standards, dress codes, discipline and attitude are important standards that a firefighter must possess. Teamwork, self-confidence, self-discipline, quick thinking and the ability to follow instructions and orders accurately are emphasized in this course.

Trainees who successfully complete the academy will receive a Firefighter I Academy Graduation Certifcate from Victor Valley College.

They may then be certified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal after completing one of the following:

  • one year as a volunteer firefighter,
  • six months as a paid full-time firefighter with a California fire department or
  • 1000 hours of Firefighter Internship (Fire 10).  Student who successfully complete 1000 hours of Fire 10 will be offered added consideration in the Victor Valley College Paramedic Academy.

and must meet all other State Fire Marshal requirements.

Other California State Fire Marshall or Certificates of Training that cadets may earn within the Firefighter I Academy include the following:

  • Auto Extrication
  • Firefighter Safety and Survival
  • Rapid Intervention Crew Operations
  • Fire Control 3A/3B
  • Fire Control 4A / 4B
  • I-100,S-190, S-130, L-180 (NWCG)
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (LARRO)
  • CAL FIRE FF1 / BASIC TRAINING

Required Courses

All trainees shall complete these courses and/or must obtain the corresponding certifications, prior to the first day of the academy:

EMS 60 Emergency Medical Technician  : Minimum course completion - National Registry is NOT required.
FIRE 82A Hazardous Materials First Responder - Operational (HAZMAT FRO) : CSTI CERTIFICATION
FIRE 66 Introduction to Incident Command (ICS 200) : MUST BE A STATE FIRE MARSHAL, FEMA or NWCG CERTIFICATION
FIRE 11B Confined Space Awareness : STATE FIRE MARSHAL CERTIFICATION

All recommended courses are offered prior to the next academy.  You may apply even if you have not completed the pre-requisites.  You will need to show proof of enrollment at the Orientation and proof of completion prior to the first day of the academy.  

Co-requisite Courses

  • FIRE 40A - Firefighter Phys Entrance Exam Techniques (1.0 unit)
  • FIRE 11 - Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (0.5 unit)
  • Fire 11E - Rapid Intervention Crew Operations (1.5 units)
  • Fire 11G - Auto Extrication (1.0 unit)

Process

There will be an Academy in the Spring and Fall semesters. All prospective trainees must complete an application packet that will be available on-line 8 to 10 weeks prior to the start date of the Academy.

All applications will be reviewed and scored.  The top candidates will be accepted into the Fire Academy.

Fees

Tuition/Fees (16.5 units x $46.00 per unit) - $ 759.00
Student Center ($10.00 maximum per year) - $ 10.00
Uniforms -  $ 390.00
Certification, Materials, Gear Rental & Equipment Fees

$ 580.00

Textbook - IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 6th Ed.

$ 95.00**

Total $ 1,834.00

**Do not purchase anything until you've been accepted to the Fire Academy and attend the Public Safety Orientation Class on January 10, 2015.

Uniforms

All cadets are required to wear the Victor Valley College Firefighter I Academy uniform throughout the academy. The Uniform Vendor will be on-site during the Orientation.  The Uniform Vendor maintains a large supply of uniforms that meet the Fire Academy specification.  It is highly recommended that you purchase academy uniforms during orientation.

  

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Turnout Gear 

All trainees are required to provide NFPA 1971 compliant turnout gear that has been maintained according to NFPA 1851.  Trainees may either provide their own turnout gear or shall enter into a rental agreement with Fire Gear Rental prior to the beginning of the Academy.

If you are sponsored by a Fire Department, they may provide you with NFPA 1971 Compliant turnout gear.  The Fire Chief will need to provide a letter indicating that the provided gear is NFPA 1971 Compliant and maintained according to NFPA 1851.  The letter will also need to indemnify Victor Valley College from damage that occurs to the provided equipment during the academy.

Please ensure that you have read all of the information on this page BEFORE continuing to the Application below.


REQUIRED Physical Evaluation Form: Must be submitted prior to the start of the Academy.


Academy Application