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Monterey Peninsula College Firefighter  Academy



Located at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center in Seaside, CA, the Monterey Peninsula College Firefighter  Academy provides students with the academic and manipulative skills required for certification as a Firefighter I and II through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office / State Fire Training. 

Prerequisites for the accredited academy are CPR Certification, successful EMT course completion, CPAT physical agility test, and a medical / physical examination that includes a spirometry test.  FPTC 101 (Introduction to Firefighter Academy) is recommended but not required. 

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.


2022 Monterey Peninsula College – Firefighter I Academy Information Sheet 


Congratulations to the firefighter cadets from class 2023-1 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 May 25, 2023, at the Monterey Peninsula College Theatre.

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 2023-1 Graduates:

Joseph Donovan                Jair Montes            

Steven Guzman                  Rigoberto Munoz

Kelsey Hansen                   Jonathan Ott 

Frank Isola                          Elonzo Perez

Rodrigo Jimenez                Cesar Reyes

Chris “Conor” Jones           Robert Rodriguez                  

Adam Lewis                        David Salinas-Rios                              

Thane Lincoln                     Joseph Spears    

Julian Mendoza                        




2023-1 Class Awards:

Top Manipulative Skills Award:            Thane Lincoln

Top Academic Student Award:             Joseph Donovan

Most Dedicated Student Award:          Julian Mendoza

Most Improved Student Award:           Joseph Spears

Leadership Award:                               Joseph Donovan

Top Gun Award:                                   Julian Mendoza 




2023-1 Scholarship Recipients: 

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                    Joseph Spears

Bobby Clinton “Knights of the Rose” Scholarship:       Adam Lewis 

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                    Julian Mendoza

Monterey Peninsula College Firemanship Award:        Thane Lincoln

James Bliss Scholarship:                                              Cesar Reyes

                                                                                      David Salinas-Rios


Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:

MPC Fire Academy Class 2023-1

MPC Fire Academy Class 2022-2 

MPC Fire Academy Class 2022-1

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