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Fire Technology
Fire Academy

Start a Career in Fire Technology

The Fire Technology/Fire Academy program is 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.

Admission Information

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 applicants are offered enrollment in the class. 

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 Fire Academy is Friday, April 30, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. Only typed applications will be accepted. Please mail applications to address noted on first page of application. The Public Safety Training Complex is open for hand delivering applications. 

Fall 2021 Fire Academy Application 

Degrees and Certificates


Accreditation Information

Allan Hancock College is an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) 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.

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.