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Spring 2019 Fire Academy Applications

Nevada County Campus and Roseville Fire Academy applications will be available starting at 8:00 am on Monday, October 1, 2018 until 12:00pm on Friday, October 12, 2018.  All applications must be turned in at the Fire Technology office at 316 Vernon St, Roseville, room 221.

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Completion of Fire Protection Organization (Fire Tech 1) and a current California Emergency Medical Service Authority EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic certificate.

Accredited Firefighter Academy

The Firefighter I Academy is offered in two different formats: 1) Full-time Monday through Friday and 2) an extended format (evenings and weekend classes), which enables students to maintain employment while preparing for a career in the fire service. The fall Academy is held late July through December, in the spring, January through May, and at our Nevada County Campus March through June. Classes will be conducted on most weeknights and weekend days. The required 80% academic standard for the Firefighter I Academy is rigorous. Candidates need to be aware at the outset that this will place extraordinary demands on their time and resources.

The Firefighter I Academy is offered through partnerships with the Placer and Nevada County Fire Chief’s Associations and The City of Roseville Fire Department. Sierra College is recognized by the California State Fire Marshal and the State Board of Fire Services as an Accredited Regional Training Program.

Prerequisites: Completion of Fire Protection Organization (Fire Tech 1) and a current California Emergency Medical Service Authority EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic certificate.

Students must enroll in FT 100, Firefighter I Academy (538.5 hours) and KIN 97 Fire Academy Physical Training (80 hours). Prerequisites to the Academy require completion of Fire Technology 1, Fire Protection Organization and Health Science 2, Emergency Medical Technician.

Schedule of Course Meetings will be as follows:

Roseville Fire Academy Schedule

KIN 97: Monday and Wednesday 1800-2000 (location varies).
FT 100: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1800-2230, and Saturdays and Sundays 0800-1800

Nevada County Fire Academy Schedule

KIN 97: Will meet before there the Academy starts, complete schedule will be passed out at orientation.
FT 100: Monday through Friday 0800-1700

Upon successful completion of the Academy, students will meet the training requirements for the California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I. Student will then be able to apply for the Certification after successful competition of the task book and experience requirement, one year as a Volunteer or Reserve firefighter or six months as an Intern/full time paid firefighter with a California fire department. The California State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently working towards National accredited certification, which is approved by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board). Student completing the Academy will be eligible to apply for these additional certifications in the future.

Other Certificates of Training awarded upon completion of the Academy include: (subject to change)

  • Basic Incident Command System—ICS 100
  • National Incident Management System – 700a
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder—Operational (CSTI)
  • Fire Control 3
  • Firefighter Survival
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • CAL FIRE—Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • S-130 Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • S-190 Beginning Fire Behavior
  • L-180 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service
  • S-134 LCES

Acceptance into the Fire Academy is by an application process, which includes a physical examination. Applications for the Academy are available in April for the fall academy and October for the spring academy.

Academy Core Values


Guides firefighters to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior.


Is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in firefighters.

Devotion to Duty

The selfless devotion to an act or course of action that is required of one's position.


Matthew Jewett Instructor, Fire Technology

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Valerie Walker-Carte Instructional Assistant, Public Safety Program

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Tim Palmer Fire Technology Coordinator, Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

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