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This an Accredited Regional Training Program through the California State Fire Marshal and the State Board of Fire Services
The Fire Academy Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students for careers as entry-level firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to become certified as a Firefighter I by the California Board of Fire Services (CBFS). Students will be academically prepared for certification as a Firefighter I and in order to receive their official certification from CBS students will need to document one year of volunteer service or six months of paid service as a firefighter in California. In order earn the Fire Academy Certificate of Achievement, students must successfully pass the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Tech I.
The Lake Tahoe Basin Fire is offered in partnership with Lake Valley Fire Protection District, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, and Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District and is comprised of a three-part sequence that meets the requirements of the California State Fire Marshal's curriculum for Firefighter I Certification. Interested students are advised that the Fire Academy is a physically and academically demanding program. A physician's clearance is required for participation.
Attendance at a mandatory orientation during summer quarter must precede registration. Please see summer schedule for information about this meeting or contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy staff at (530) 541-4660, ext. 583.
Required Courses (44.75
The fire academy is offered in an extended format over three quarters (fall-winter-spring). Students attend classes on Saturday and Mondays (8 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.). Our curriculum includes specialized training in ice rescue, high angle rescue, job interviewing skills and career development, as well as sexual harassment awareness and prevention training. Upon successful completion of the fire academy and one year of agency affiliation, students will be eligible to apply with the California State Fire Marshal for official Firefighter I Certification. A certificate of achievement is awarded to students successfully completing both the fire academy courses and EMT certification. Students will receive invoices in class to cover the cost of successful completion of individual certifications through the State Fire Marshal's Office and National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
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