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Certificate of Achievement
Fire Academy/Basic Fire Academy

The Basic Fire Academy Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students to become entry-level firefighters in local and state fire agencies in California. This fundamental intensive training course includes all learning domains from the California Fire Marshal’s office, which includes instruction in structural, commercial and industrial firefighting. This certificate also meets the certification requirements of the State Fire Marshal for employment opportunities as a firefighter in California. Students who successfully complete this certificate program are eligible for hire in a public (municipal) and private fire department.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2023-2024 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire AcademyM18.0
FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire Academy (18.0 units)

Prerequisite:FTEC 044; FTEC 101; FTEC 102; FTEC 103; FTEC 104; FTEC 105; FTEC 106
Advisory:It is advised that students have knowledge of elementary algebra.
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for recently employed firefighters and other interested students. Topics covered include organization of the public and private fire service, characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazards and firefighter safety, extinguishing agents and related extinguishing equipment, fire protection systems and water supply, incident command system, confined-space rescue awareness, building construction and assemblies, basic fire fighting tactics and strategy, fire prevention, hazardous materials, emergency care, wildland firefighting, rapid intervention, rescue systems, and physical fitness. This course meets the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) requirements for designation as a “California Firefighter I Accredited Academy” (Accredited Regional Academy (ARA) by the California State Fire Marshal). Students who complete this course also receive California certification in Vehicle Extrication, Fire Control I, Fire Congrol II, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational, Confined Space Rescue Awareness, Rescue Systems I, S-110, S-130, S-190, Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics, and ICS-200. This course requires completion of a medical physical examination and includes arduous physical activity.

Total Semester Units:18.0 
Total Units for Fire Academy/Basic Fire Academy COA program 18.0 
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes


Students will utilize a self-contained breathing apparatus and conduct live fire training in a flashover environment.



Students will demonstrate proper and safe usage of a 24- foot extension ladder and climb and work on the ladder in given training scenario.


Students will demonstrate proper hose evolution techniques in a safe and proficient manner.


Students will don all personal protective equipment within a 60-second time frame with no errors.


Students will demonstrate wildland fire line construction in a safe and proficient manner.


Students will demonstrate the safe operation of the jaws of life while performing auto extrication on a vehicle such as a car, van, or truck.

About RHC

Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.


Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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