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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 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM for physical training and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for classroom and manipulative training. Evening classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 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.  Additional information on the Firefighter 1 Academy can be obtained by calling 831-646-4240.


Monterey Peninsula College – Firefighter I Academy Information Sheet – 2019


Congratulations to the  firefighter cadets from class 2019-2 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, 2019, 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 2019-2 Graduates:

Gerardo Alvarez                      Luis Navarro              

Christopher  Arnaldo               Brandon Olivares

Jose Cordova                          Angel Ramirez

Matthew Dariano                     Marcos Rocha

Raul Escalante                        Jack Speed

Niko Fortino                             Aaron Michael Vasquez

Nicholas Grypma-Robles        Joshua Vaughan

Garrett Hasslinger                   Kyle Wallace        

Michael Kusaba                      Chris Ward

Joshua Lloyd                           Bryan Williams

Rafael Loza Gonzalez             Emilio Wilson

Nicholis Monacivas


2019-2 Class Awards:

Top Manipulative Skills:             Garrett Hasslinger

Top Academic Student:              Michael Kusaba

Most Dedicated Student:            Christopher Arnaldo

Most Improved Student:             Angel Ramirez

Leadership Award:                     Joshua Lloyd

Top Gun Student Award:            Bryan Williams



2019-2 Scholarship Recipients: 

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                    Joshua Lloyd

Bobby Clinton “Knights of the Rose” Scholarship:       Emilio Wilson   

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                   Garrett Hasslinger

Monterey Peninsula College Firemanship Award        Michael Kusaba



Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:

MPC Fire Academy Class 2019-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2019-1

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