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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 2021-2 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 16, 2021, at Monterey Peninsula College.

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 2021-2 Graduates:

Peter Barbot                            Owen Marks            

Matthew Becker                      Cynthia Osornio

Keene Burns                            Alex Pacheco

Armando Espinoza                  Frank Palmer

Spencer Fitts                           Hayden Parker

Garrett Gordon                        Kyle Pletzke

Christian Houser                     Taylor Reeder

Abraham Hewko                      Riley Welch

Daniel Higman                        Chase Young

Brendan MacLaren                                





2021-2 Class Awards:

Top Manipulative Skills Award:            Owen Marks

Top Academic Student Award:            Christian Houser

Most Dedicated Student Award:          Brendan MacLaren

Most Improved Student Award:           Taylor Reeder

Leadership Award:                              Kyle Peltzke

Top Gun Award:                                  Abraham Hewko



2021-2 Scholarship Recipients: 

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                   Christian Houser

Bobby Clinton “Knights of the Rose” Scholarship:      Armando Espinoza 

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                   Abraham Hewko

Monterey Peninsula College Firemanship Award:       Owen Marks

James Bliss Scholarship:

Spencer Fitts, Cynthia Osornio, Garrett Gordon, Abraham Hewko, Hayden Parker



Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:

MPC Fire Academy Class 2021-2

MPC Fire Academy Class 2021-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2020-1

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