The Fire Technology/Fire Academy and Wildland Fire Technology programs are responsible for fire service training in three college districts and
two counties. Our courses are taught from Paso Robles to Carpinteria. These courses
are for pre-service and in-service students.
The Fire Technology degree/certificate program is designed to prepare you for a career
in the fire service, either public or private, upgrade your skills as an in-service
fire professional in your present position or prepare you for promotional opportunities.
Courses focus on demonstrating safety and efficiency in emergency and fire situations,
analyzing the causes of fires and how to fight them, applicable laws, regulations
and codes, building construction types and conditions associated with structural collapse
and firefighter safety, and understanding fire detection and suppression systems.
Fire service history, culture and diversity are also covered to educate you in all
aspects of the firefighter career path.
Acceptance into the Fire Academy is by an application process. Prospective cadets are evaluated on the basis of their college and fire experience.
The top people are offered enrollment in the class.
Allan Hancock College is an Accredited Regional Training Program and the Fire Academy
is part of the California State Fire Marshal’s accreditation. Since 1972 we have taught
Firefighter-1 classes through our 609-hour certified Fire Academy program. We conduct
four academies a year, two during the day in Santa Maria and one each in the evening
in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. .
The Firefighter 1 Academy is a California State Fire Marshal certified academy that
meets all the requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 for
entry level firefighters. Our academy is the foundation for a career in the fire service.
The Certification Training Standards for Firefighter 1 are followed and signed off
as you complete each block of instruction. Certification exams require a passing score
of at least 80 percent and manipulative exams require a score of 100 percent.
Celestina Middleton, Department Secretary
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3282
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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"The academy has shown me a lot more than I even suspected. It's showed me the physical demands that you need to reach and the instructors push you over the limits just so that when go to do the real thing you can achieve that. You'll push yourself and eventually reach the limits that you thought you were never capable of. You get really hands-on with all your crew and working with each of the instructors. The most valuable thing that I've learned in the academy is learning to work to your own level of excellence. Being at the college has been a great experience."
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