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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 2018-1 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 June 1, 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 2018-1 Graduates:

Anthony Akin                                    Anthony Ledesma

Blake Alhart                                     Matthew Ostarello

Austin Auger                                    Vance Price

Geoff Butz                                       Alejandro Quiroz

Tyler Clark                                       Matthew Ramirez

Daniel Garcia                                  Matthew Salinas

Adrian Gardea                                John Shipley

Matthew Garvey                             Griffin Sims

Kayden Gibson                               Jacob Skipper

Harrison Hasslinger                        David Vega                                                  




2018-1 Class Awards and Scholarship Recipients:

Top Manipulative Skills:             David Vega

Top Academic Student:              Vance Price

Most Dedicated Student:            Blake Alhart

Most Improved Recruit:              Matthew Ramirez

Leadership Award:                     Harrison Hasslinger

Top Gun Student Award:            Harrison Hasslinger 

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                Daniel Garcia 

Bobby Clinton Knights of the Rose Scholarship:      Adrian Gardea

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                Harrison Hasslingger



Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:

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