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This site contains important course information for those interested in the Fire Technology and Fire Academy Program(s).

Our program is accredited by the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM)
1131 S Street. Sacramento, CA 95811

News & Updates

  • Academy applications are being accepted now! Applications can be turned in from January 1 to May 31 of each year. Pick up an application from the 3200 Building on campus, or download the application
  • The Academy has a new look! Starting August 2015, students selected to begin the program will no longer have to take separate PE and EMT courses. The new FIRE Academy courses are FIRE 140, FIRE 142, and FIRE 144 (see below). All classes must be completed with a C or higher to get the Certificate of Achievement from IVC
  • Students new to IVC must apply to IVC first before registering for classes. Log on to the IVC web page at  to begin applying.
  • If unsure of requirements, students are advised to meet with any of the College counselors for assistance – Counselors are located in Building 100 on campus, contact 760-355-6543 for appointments. Financial aid officers are also available to assist and see if students qualify for aid. Contact the FA Office at 760-355-6266 or look for the website under the 'For Students' tab at




The Firefighter I Program will cover the principles, procedures, and techniques of firefighting and rescue. Technical and manipulative skills and concepts of fire control, fire behavior, tactics and strategy, and emergency management will be reviewed and put into practice during this program. The student will be trained according to the standards of the Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Students completing this certificate program will be qualified to test for employment with agencies and departments hiring entry-level firefighters.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and appropriate use of fire equipment for a given firefighting scenario.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate selection and implementation of firefighting methods and application of the Incident Command and Emergency Management Systems.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the Unified Command system and use of its branches and divisions.


 Admission Criteria:

Students meeting the criteria below, are eligible to apply:

  • Be a High School graduate or have completed the GED
  • Be 18 years of age or older, in good health, and be able to lift a minimum of 35lb
  • Take the IVC Reading Placement Test, or complete of ENG 110 (or ENG 101)


How to Apply:

  • Complete the Application and Questionnaire
  • Follow the Checklist provided and attach the required documentation:
    *  Copy of high school diploma or transcript, or the GED
    *  Copy of Reading Placement Test Score
    *  Copy of IVC transcript if applicable
  • Turn in a complete application packet to Building 3200 during the periods of January 1 to the end of May. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 Academy Flyer

Application and Questionnaire & Checklist




 Course #  Title   Units 
 Fire 140  Fire - First Responders  9.5
 Fire 142  Firefighter Academy I  10
 Fire 144  Firefighter Academy II 3
   Total Units  22.5



 Fall  Spring   Summer 
 Fire 140  Fire 142  Fire 144


  • The Academy is for one year, beginning Fall Semester and ending in Summer.
  • Successful completion of the above courses, with a grade of C or higher, meets the requirement for obtaining the Certificate of Achievement from IVC as Firefighter I. Students must apply for this Certificate following the posted College deadlines.
  • Successful completion of this Certificate also meets the educational requirements for a California State Fire Marshall Firefighter I Certificate. Upon completion, the candidate is required to be affiliated with a fire agency for one year of part-time/volunteer or 6 months of full-time work experience as a firefighter to meet the requirement of work experience. The candidate's work experience must be verified by the agency's Fire Chief with a written letter to the California State Fire Marshall.
  • The California State Fire Marshall has established the requirements for State certification, and the IVC Fire Academy satisfies the training requirements to become a Firefighter I.


Additional Information:

  • Background Check & Drug Screen: If selected to the Academy, the student will need to complete a background check and drug screen. Information will be provided to the student once selected. Criminal, misdemeanor, or driving offenses may impact acceptance.
  • Physical Exam: Physical training is an important part of the Academy. Students must be in good physical condition before entering the program. Students will be required to get a physical and TB skin test. Information will be provided to the student once selected.
  • Advisement: The courses and requirements listed are subject to change. Students are advised to meet with a counselor to make sure of program and College requirements and additional resources. Meeting with a financial aid officer is also advised to see if students qualify for aid.
  • Costs: Costs run approximately $1,701 for the program and include tuition, parking, student fees, textbooks, uniform, accessories, background check/drug screening and materials fee.
  • Orientation: Students selected for admission will be oriented to the requirements and expectations of the program. At time of admission, information will be provided to students with directions on getting all program clearances done which includes a background check and drug screen, physical exam, uniform, textbooks, and other costs and materials.
  • Conduct: It will be expected of students to adhere to strict rules of conduct. Appearance and grooming standards will be enforced. More operations and expectations in this area will be discussed during orientation.


Career Opportunities:


Office of the State Fire Marshall 




  • Sara Wheat, EMS/Fire Staff Secretary
    Phone: 760-355-6483
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  • Laura Hartsock, Administrative Secretary
    Phone: 760-355-6348
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  • Alfredo Estrada, Jr, Fire Coordinator/Instructor
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  • Stella Orfanos-Woo Counselor
    Phone:  760-355-6543
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  • Tina Aguirre, Dean, Health & Sciences
    Phone:  760-355-6201 
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