Basic Firefighter 1 Academy

This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry-level Professional and Volunteer Fire Fighter to perform their duties safely, effectively, and competently.

Fire students in gear during a drill.
Mission College will offer a full-time (16 week) Basic Firefighter 1 Academy which is a collaborative effort between Mission College and the Fire Departments serving Santa Clara County.


The curriculum is based on the most current editions of the following;

  • NFPA 1001 - Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1051 - Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 472 -Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents.
  • State Fire Training requires that both Volunteer and Professional Fire Fighters complete a Fire Fighter 1 Academy.
    • The course provides the student with knowledge and skills to safely perform, under minimal supervision, essential and advanced fire ground tasks, basic rescue, basic fire prevention and fire investigation task and to use, inspect, and maintain firefighting and rescue equipment.

This curriculum provides the minimum required training by the State Fire Training in the field of fire technology as it relates to firefighters. Students may be assigned to work with a local fire department for a specified number of hours during this course.

Minimum Qualifications

Current Spring FPT students taking KIN 039A - Fire Agility need to contact the FPT Department Chair, Dave Rose and submit a pre-requisite clearance form so they can register for the academy.


  • KIN0 39B - Fire Agility Course or CPAT Exam
  • FPT 065 - Emergency Medical Technician Theory
  • FPT 065C - Emergency Medical Technician 1 Clinical Experience
  • FPT 065L - Emergency Medical Technician Laboratory
    And/or EMT Certification.

Upon completion of your EMT Courses you must take & pass the National Certification Exam to receive certification in the state of California as an EMT.


  • KIN 039C - Fire Agility – Intermediate OR
  • KIN 039D - Fire Agility – Advanced

Tuition and Fees

The total cost of the academy is approximately $2000-4000. Half of the amount is for uniforms, books, materials, equipment and gear and the remaining amount covers tuition, registration fees, materials fees, and certification fees.

A Medical Clearance is required to participate in the Fire Academy.

EMTs wheel a stretcher with a person on it toward an ambulance.

EMT Training

EMT courses prepare you for EMT certification in California. A CPR course is a pre-requisite.

EMT Courses
Fire Academy practice burn. Two figures in their uniforms are silhouetted against the smoke and fire.

Fire Tech Degree

Transfer to four-year schools, meet employment requirements, or advance at work.

Fire Degree