Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy

Fire Academy
Health Meta Major IconThe Fire Academy at Lake Tahoe Community College is offered through partnerships with the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue, Eastern Alpine County Fire Rescue, and Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District. Lake Tahoe Community College is recognized by the California State Fire Marshal and the State Board of Fire Services as an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP).
The Fire Academy is offered in an extended three-quarter format (fall, winter and spring). This enables students to maintain employment while preparing for a career in fire service. The Fire Academy is held September through June. Classes are held on Mondays and Saturdays (7:30am to 5:30pm) with occasional changes, plus, 21 hours TBA. The Academy's required 80% academic standard and intense physical requirements are rigorous. Candidates need to be aware that the program places extraordinary demands on time and resources. Students are required to have reliable transportation since the majority of the classes meet at various off campus training facilities, up to 35 miles from the college campus. 

See current catalog for details.
All courses from the following (46.75 units):
FIR 170A Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, Part 1 (12)
FIR 170B Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, Part 2 (12)
FIR 170C Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, Part 3 (12)
HEA 140C Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (10.75)
C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90 units



All courses from the following (46.75 units):
FIR 170A Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, Part 1 (12)
FIR 170B Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, Part 2 (12)
FIR 170C Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, Part 3 (12)
HEA 140C Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (10.75)

There are A NUMBER OF STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS that you can apply for each spring. Scholarships make it possible to earn money for college that does not ever need to be repaid. While some of LTCC's scholarships are competitive, there is a wide variety available you can apply for for free that are awarded based on all kinds of qualities and interests.

• A minimum of 21 hours of Public Safety First Aid and CPR certification as documented in the California Health and Safety Code 1797.182. 

 Courses at LTCC that exceed this prerequisite include HEA106, HEA140C, and WLD107B.  Prerequisites will be verified by the instructor before the first day of class. Please bring a copy of your prerequisites documentation to the SUMMER MANDATORY LTBFA Orientation. 

• Completion of HEA106 (Emergency Medical Responder) or EMR card, OR Completion of HEA140C (Emergency Medical Technician) with a "B" or better or equivalent EMT course certificate of completion.

•  A physician's clearance is required for participation.

Interested in attending the LTBFA? Fill out the form below:


What do I get when I complete the Fire Academy?

You will receive a certificate of completion for the training hours required by the State Fire Marshal's Office for Firefighter I, along with Fire Service Training & Education Program (FSTEP) certificates in several areas. After completing the program, you must successfully pass the Firefighter 1 Certification Examination. You will then be able to apply for certification after successful completion of a task book and experience requirement, one year as a volunteer or reserve firefighter or six months as a full-time paid firefighter.

What is the Firefighter I Certification Examination?

Anyone completing the Firefighter I program must complete a skills and written examination process before becoming certified. The evaluators for the testing process must be certified by the California State Fire Training and must be different than the instructors who taught at your fire academy.

Where do I sign up?

A Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy Mandatory Orientation meeting is held during summer quarter and must precede enrollment. Students must attend in order to be eligible for registration. Based on student demand for the program, a lottery system for available seats will be conducted.

  • Questions? Contact Jamie Rhone at (530) 541-4660 x 583

We’d love to have you join us at Lake Tahoe Community College. To learn more, please email our Fire Academy Coordinator Kileigh Labrado to set up a meeting and bring copies of prerequisites documentation. Please refer to specific requirements below.


Have a question?

We’re just a call or email away:

Lake Tahoe Community College
One College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-4660 x 211


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    Kileigh Labrado
    Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy Coordinator & Instructor