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

The IVC Fire Academy is accredited by the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM), 1131 S Street. Sacramento, CA 95811

News & Updates

  • ·Academy applications are accepted from January 1 to May 31 . Download or pick up an application from the3200 Building.
  • ·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 the College first.Log on to the IVC homepage at  to begin applying.
  • If unsure of requirements, students are advised to meet with the Fire Academy Counselor Stella Orfanos-Woo.  She is located in the Counseling Department Building 100.  Contact 760-355-6543 for appointments (must have a student ID#).  Ms. Orfanos-Woo can be reached at 760-355-6259 or .
  • Financial aid officers are also available to assist students to see if they qualify for aid. The Financial Aid Office is located in Building 1700.  Contact 760-355-6266 


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.
  • 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:

  • High School graduate or have completed the GED
  • 18 years of age or older, in good health, and able to lift a minimum of 35lb.
  • Completion of IVC's Reading Placement Test, or completion of IVC's ENG 110 Course.

How to Apply

Download the Application Checklist and Application and Questionnaire, include the required attachments below, and submit to the EMS/Fire Office in the 3200 Building during the open application periods between January 2 and May 31

  • Copy of the high school diploma or transcript, or copy of the GED
  • Copy of Reading Placement Test Scores
  • Copy of IVC transcript if applicable

Incomplete applications or applications missing the required paperwork will not be considered.


Academy Flyer


Application/Questionnaire/Check off list





Academy Classes and Capstone Training


  • Successful completion of the courses below, with a C grade or higher, fulfills the requirements of the Academy to obtain the Certificate of Achievement at IVC. Students will apply for this Certificate following the posted College deadlines.
  • Fire 140 – Fire – First Responders – 9.5 units (Fall)
  • Fire 142 – Firefighter Academy I – 10 units (Spring)
  • Fire 144 – Firefighter Academy II – 3 units (Summer)
  • Successful completion of this Certificate also meets the educational requirements for a California State Fire Marshall Firefighter I Certificate. Upon completion of the Academy, 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 work experience requirement. 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.

Fire 148 – Firefighter I Capstone Training


Fire 148 is a 54-hour, 1-unit course open to students who have successfully completed the Academy and eligible to complete the online written and skills certification tests required by the State to obtain a Fighter I Certificate.  Outside students who have an approved, signed letter from a fire department Fire Chief or Training Officer may be able to participate. 


Additional Information

  • Background Check & Drug Screen: If selected for admission, the student will need to complete a background check and drug screen. Information will be provided prior to admission. 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 prior to admission.
  • Advisement: The courses and requirements listed are subject to change. Students are advised to meet with Ms. Orfanos-Woo or their counselor to make sure of program and College requirements and additional resources.
  • 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 


  • Alfredo Estrada, Jr., IVC Fire Coordinator/Instructor 
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  • Stella Orfanos-Woo, Counselor
    Phone:  760-355-6543 for appointments, or direct 760-355-6259
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  • Tina Aguirre, Dean, Health & Sciences
    Phone:  760-355-6347 
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  • Sara Wheat, Secretary
    Phone:  760-355-6483
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