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Monterey Peninsula College Firefighter 1 Academy



Located at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, CA, the Monterey Peninsula College Firefighter 1 Academy provides students with the State Fire Marshal’s Office / State Fire Training educational requirements for certification as a Firefighter 1.  Prerequisites for the accredited academy are CPR Certification, EMT 1A, CPAT physical agility test, and a medical / physical examination that includes a spirometry test.

The academy is offered twice a year.  Each academy is 17 weeks in length, one beginning in February and ending in May, and the other beginning in August and ending in December.  Classes meet Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 AM to 5:00 PM or longer, and from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Additional class time is required for attending Rescue Systems 1, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational and Decontamination, and wildland firefighting.  A formal graduation ceremony is conducted at the end of each academy.

The course is worth 17 academic units and standard Monterey Peninsula College tuition fees apply along with additional costs for the fire academy.

Applicant names are taken on a first come, first served basis by calling 831-646-4240 as soon as the class schedule for the semester during which the academy is offered is finalized and posted on the MPC website at  Additional information on the Firefighter 1 Academy can be obtained by calling 831-646-4240.

Monterey Peninsula College – Firefighter 1 Academy Info Sheet – 2018


Congratulations to the  firefighter cadets from class 2018-2 that completed the fire academy and were confirmed by Monterey Peninsula College for meeting the educational requirements for Firefighter 1 during their graduation ceremony on December 20, 2018, at the Monterey Peninsula College Performing Arts Theater. 

Special thanks to all the instructional staff, support personnel, Monterey Peninsula College, and the local fire agencies for their tremendous support and efforts during the academy.  The Monterey Peninsula College fire academy would not be possible without their unparalleled dedication.



Class 2018-2 Graduates:

Alan Alcocer                           Martin Jimenez                    

Blake Archibald                      Joshua Mallobox

Connor Auger                         Tony Matthews

Adam Beltran                          Daniel Mears

Jason Collins                          Benjamin Moulton

Cristian Collins                       Jonathan Ortiz Patena

Arturo Diaz                             Erik Prader

Alexander Fife                        Paul Salinas

Samuel Figueroa                    Michael Sandoval

Armand Gonzalez                  Tyler Swanson                                                 

Nicholas Gurr                         Ricardo Velasquez

Nicholas Gutierrez                 Jordon Williamson

Dylan Hocevar


2018-2 Class Awards and Scholarship Recipients:

Top Manipulative Skills:             Alexander Fife

Top Academic Student:              Tyler Swanson

Most Dedicated Student:            Eric Prader

Most Improved Recruit:              Jonathan Ortiz Patenta

Leadership Award:                     Benjamin Moulton

Top Gun Student Award:            Cristian Cueva


Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                    Daniel Mears

Bobby Clinton “Knights of the Rose” Scholarship:       Armand Gonzalez    

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                   Cristian Cueva



Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:


MPC Fire Academy Class 2018-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2018-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2017-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2017-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2016-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2016-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2015-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2015-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2014-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2014-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2013-2 

MPC Fire Academy Class 2013-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2012-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2011-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2011-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2010-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2009-1