Certificate | SC Program: CT.3444

Firefighter 1 includes everything necessary to; learn the essential skills, obtain the required knowledge and abilities to perform at the entry level in a volunteer or paid fire department as a firefighter in the State of California. This Academy adheres to the curriculum as required by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office (CAL-FIRE) for certification by their office as a “Certified Firefighter 1”. Certification is obtained only after successful completion of the Firefighter 1 Academy, and a minimum of six months full time employment with an organized, paid fire department, or twelve months of part time employment with an organized volunteer fire department. Upon successful completion of the Academy and the required work time, the Chief of the department in which the student works verifies successful work completion and the student makes application for their California State Firefighter 1 Certificate.

The Firefighter 1 Academy is an intense program including rigorous physical conditioning, English designed for firefighters as well as classroom and field training with the same tools and appliances used by the fire service. During the later portion of the academy students earn a State Fire Marshal Certificate for “Fire Control Three” as part of their Live Fire Training. The course also includes Emergency Medical Responder in which the students earn certification from the California Emergency Medical Authority.

Note: No college in California certifies individuals as Firefighter 1 or Firefighter 2. All certifications are issued by the California State Fire Marshal. This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate.

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Map your education by viewing the program map for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. Meet with a counselor to create your official comprehensive education plan.

A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Spring Semester

21 Units Total
M 21
Wildland Firefighter I Academy
Units 21
1. To be considered for seasonal Firefighter positions, you may also need to hold additional certificates. Students should contact CALFIRE and the USFS for additional information.

2. This course may be repeated any number of times for credit by persons who are legally mandated to meet training requirements as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment.

This course is a review of fire behavior, equipment, and apparatus. Topics covered include basic wildland firefighting tactics and strategy, methods of attack, and pre-planning fire problems. This course meets or exceeds the minimum requirements for entry-level firefighter positions in the California Department of Forestry (CALFIRE) and the United States Forest Service (USFS).
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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Location 1800
Division office is located on campus in Room 1800 (north of the gymnasium)

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