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 June, 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 Fire Academy Informational Flyer


Congratulations to the  firefighter cadets from class 2016-2 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, 2016, 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 2016-2 Graduates:DSC_9086

Sebastian Burch                                Parker Merritt

Aidan Casey-Rothschild                    Connor Norton

Kenneth Ellis                                     Gabriel Perez

Ryan Finnerty                                    Benjamin Regan

Joshua Harvey                                  Kevin Ruskell

Jose Jimenez                                    Kevin Salvas

Zachariah Jimenez                           Tyler Smith

Jeffery Klein                                      Darian Ware

Clayton Lambertson                         Cameron Weirhauser

Daniel Lucido                                    Marcus Young



2016-2 Class Awards and Scholarship Recipients:

Top Manipulative Recruit:     Benjamin Regan

Top Academic Recruit:          Benjamin Regan

Most Dedicated Recruit:       Jeffery Klein

Most Improved Recruit:         Kevin Ruskell

Recruit Leadership:               Marcus Young V.

Top Gun Recruit:                   Cameron Weirshauser

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:               Daniel Lucido

Bobby Clinton Knights of the Rose Scholarship:    Jose Jimenez

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:              Cameron Weirshauser



Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:


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