Bakersfield College

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Fire Fighter Academy

Firefighter I Academy information:  

NEW:  Prerequisite of:  EMTC B51 EMR-Emergency Medical Responder -  OR -  EMTC B50 Emergency Medical Technician

The Firefigher 1 Academy is a spring semester course, (January through early June).  The applications will be available at the Olive Drive Fire Training Facility and Bakersfield College (at the Public Safety Training Office Weill Institute, 21st & Chester) from August through mid-October.

The applications must be returned in person on the date specified in the packet to Karen Mattox at the Bakersfield College Public Safety Training Office (2100 Chester Ave at the Weill Institute).  A CURRENT "Candidate Physical Ability Test" (CPAT) card is required to be submitted with your application. CPAT cards are good for 1 year from the date of issuance.  

For information on how to obtain a CPAT card go to:  or  The CPAT test is NOT offered in Bakersfield, so plan ahead.

On the day of the CPAT students are discouraged from consuming any drink containing caffeine, as this may keep your pulse rate and B/P abnormally high after the physical agility test is over. See your packet for specific information.

The Firefighter I academy will start in the spring semester. Fees will be approximately $1,304.00 for uniforms, and equipment and tuition. Course length will be from January to May, and will meet on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday 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 will be held on - TBD - at the Weill Institute, 2100 Chester Avenue.  Information covered: Oral interviews, CPAT, and Written exams.


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