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FireFighter i Academy


The Firefighter I Academy is a 15-unit course conforming to the 2013 curriculum established by the State Board of Fire Services and State Fire Training (SFT) with the exception that it does not include the required emergency medical training.

Training includes approximately 500 hours of instruction in basic firefighting skills including:

  • Firefighter health and safety
  • Protective equipment
  • Communications
  • Hand and power tools
  • Building construction and related hazards
  • Hose streams
  • Water supply systems
  • Ladders
  • Ventilation
  • Forcible entry
  • Search and rescue
  • Property conservation
  • Overhaul
  • Firefighter survival
  • Fire behavior and control techniques
  • Firefighting tactics and strategy
  • Structural firefighting
  • Wildland fire suppression
  • Hazardous materials/WMDs
  • Physical fitness

Upon successful completion, students receive the following certificates:

  • Academy Completion Certificate
  • CalFire Basic Firefighter Certificate
  • CSTI Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational
  • SFT Confined Space Awareness
  • SFT Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (LARRO)
  • SFT Auto Extrication
  • SFT Firefighter Survival
  • SFT Fire Control 3B
  • SFT ICS 200
  • NWCG S-130
  • NWCG S-131
  • NWCG S-190

At the termination of the academy, students will complete testing that includes an SFT online written exam and skills tests that meet SFT, IFSAC, and Pro-Board requirements for Firefighter I.

With the course completion certificate and EMT card, you will have exceeded the academic requirements for certification as a Firefighter I. 

*Please note, prior to receiving your Firefighter I certificate, the State Board of Fire Services also requires six months experience as a paid firefighter or one year as a volunteer before a Firefighter I Certificate can be issued.

While the Firefighter I Academy is not a “Core” course for a Fire Technology Degree or Certificate, it can be applied to meet the required elective units for either.

Academy Offerings

The Firefighter I Academy is offered in both an Extended and Intensive Format.

Extended Format: Is offered only in the Fall and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-10pm and Saturdays and Sundays 8am-5pm. This format begins at the end of the Summer and continues through the duration of the Fall semester.

Intensive Format: Is offered only in the Spring and meets Monday through Friday 8am-5pm beginning in mid-February and ending in early May.

In addition to the time frames identified above, both formats include an extended week for the wildland component of the course which includes two 24-hour overnight sessions.

Uniforms and Protective Gear

Students are required to provide a navy blue uniform, OSHA approved black “Station” boots (wildland boots are permitted provided they are kept to a high shine),  running shoes, dark blue sweatpants, sweatshirt, short, and t-shirt (100% cotton). In order to provide NFPA compliant protective gear for live fire training, students are also required to rent turnouts for the duration of the academy (from a specific vendor). The approximate cost for uniforms and turnout rental is $1100. This is in addition to the enrollment and material costs for the academy.

For enrollment costs and vendor information for the current semester, please contact Heather Wonneberger in the Fire Technology Department at 707-836-2908.


The Firefighter I Academy is held at the Public Safety Training Center:

*Some sessions are held off-site.

Santa Rosa Junior College – Public Safety Training Center

5743 Skylane Blvd.

Windsor, CA 95492


Internet Links

To view some of the testing standards used in the fire academy and the Intro course, go to: 
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How to apply for the Firefighter I Academy:


1. Complete the three (3) prerequisite courses:

  • Fire 71: Fire Protection Organization

  • EMC 100: Emergency First Responder

          (or possession of a current EMT Card)

  • Fire 208: Introduction to Firefighter I Academy

*If any prerequisites were taken at another educational institution, a Prerequisite Equivalency Form must be turned in online at:

*If any prerequisites were taken at a Private Agency, a Prerequisite Challenge Form must be turned in online at:


2. Decide which Academy format you wish to attend:


Intensive Academy

Semester: Spring
Class Meetings: Monday - Friday, 8a - 5p
Application Deadline: October 1st



Extended Academy

Semester: Fall
Class Meetings: Tuesday, Thursday: 6p - 10p
Saturday, Sunday: 8a - 5p
Application Deadline: June 1st




3. Submit your application (must be 18 years or older):

  • Fill out Firefighter I Academy Application
  • Fall Extended Application (Fall 2020)
  • Attach final passing grades for the prerequisite courses to your application (you may still turn in your application if you are still completing prerequisites; you must include proof that you are registered in the class or classes)
  • Have the Medical Clearance Form signed by your physician (if you turned one in for Fire 208 within the last calendar year, make a note on your application; you do not need to re-submit)
  • Print and sign the Code of Conduct Form  (if you turned one in for Fire 208 within the last calendar year, make a note on your application; you do not need to re-submit)
  • Mail, drop off or email your application and supporting documents to Heather Wonneberger at:


Santa Rosa Junior College – Public Safety Training Center

Attn: Heather Wonneberger

5743 Skylane Blvd.

Windsor, CA 95492

4. Admissions Process:

  • Applicants who submitted final grades will be placed in the academy first.
  • If there are more applicants than seats available, a lottery will be performed.
  • Applicants with pending prerequisites will be given the remaining spots in the Academy based on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on when final grades are turned in to Heather Wonneberger (once completed, grades MUST BE TURNED IN; these can be mailed, dropped off or emailed).
  • If accepted, you will receive a welcome email, followed by an acceptance packet approximately 2 – 4 weeks after the application deadline.

5. Complete the following in the acceptance packet:

  • The OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation (Fit test) Questionnaire by a licensed physician at your cost. While we provide the form used by Kaiser for your convenience, you may use any Occupational Health Provider as long as they use an OSHA approved form. Prices vary.
  • Registering for the EVALS Mobile Training Solutions platform at your own cost.
  • Using the directions on the enclosed flyer to rent turnouts at your own cost from 911 Safety Equipment.
  • Obtain the required classroom uniform that must be purchased at your own cost. Vendors are listed in the packet; prices vary.
  • General academy paperwork.

6. Pay for the Academy

  • Cost is approximately $1250 for enrollment, course fees and parking.

7. Attend Orientation

    • The orientation date will be provided in the acceptance packet. 


For additional questions, please contact:

Heather Wonneberger

Administrative Assistant, Fire Technology

Santa Rosa Junior College

5743 Skylane Blvd.

Windsor, CA 95492