Fire Fighter Academy

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Firefighter I Academy Course

FIRE B64 Catalog Description

The Firefighter 1 Academy is a 5-month long spring semester course, (January through early June).

APPLICATION & INFORMATION BOOKLET will be available in the fall semester during the month of September.

Available from (TBD) between the hours of 8:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Thursday, and Friday 8:00AM-12:00PM
Pick up application at Public Safety Training Department at the Weill Institute 2100 Chester Ave, Bakersfield CA 93301.

All applications are due by (Dates TBD).

A CURRENT "Candidate Physical Ability Test" (CPAT) card is highly recommended to be submitted with your application. You can obtain a CPAT card from the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center or the Bakersfield College course kinesiology course KINS B21FC. The Bakersfield College course only only applies to our Bakersfield College Fire Fighter 1 Academy (FIRE B64) Each CPAT card is only valid for one year from the date issued printed on the card.

EMTCB50 - Emergency Medical Technician – is an additional recommendation that should be completed before applying to the Firefighter 1 academy.

The Firefighter I Academy (FIRE B64) will start in the spring semester. Fees will be approximately $2,000.00 for uniforms, and equipment and tuition. Course length will be from January to June, and will meet on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings 6:00 to 10:00 pm, and weekends Sat. & Sun. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Total semester units are 16.5. This academy is recognized by and meets the California State Fire Training and Education Services certified training program.

A free Firefighter 1 workshop is held in late fall before the applications are due. Information covered: Oral interviews, CPAT, and Written exams.

Fire Fighter Academy Certificates

Bakersfield College offers two certificates for Fire Fighter Academy, Fire Academy Job Skills Certificate and the Firefighter I Academy Certificate of Achievement intended for those seeing the California State Fire Marshal's Firefighter I Certification. The Firefighter I Academy Course (FIRE B64) is core course option for each of them. Speak to your counselor or educational advisor about the right pathway for you.