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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 2022-2 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 21, 2022, 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 2022-2 Graduates:

Anthony Allen                    Adam Lawson            

Hyden Alvernaz                 Garrett McDowell

Walbert Bernardo              Pedro Mena 

Paul Chetirkin                    Ryan Orlando

Maximus Crooks                Oscar Soto

Ryan Gilmour                     Mason Toby                  

Christopher Horton             Ryan Westerterp                              






2022-2 Class Awards:

Top Manipulative Skills Award:            Ryan Orlando

Top Academic Student Award:            Anthony Allen

Most Dedicated Student Award:          Paul Chetirkin

Most Improved Student Award:           Oscar Soto

Leadership Award:                              Anthony Allen

Top Gun Award:                                  Hayden Alvernaz 




2022-2 Scholarship Recipients: 

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                    Maximum Crooks

Bobby Clinton “Knights of the Rose” Scholarship:       Mason Toby 

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                   Hayden Alernaz

Monterey Peninsula College Firemanship Award:       Ryan Orlando

James Bliss Scholarship:                                            Paul Chetirkin

                                                                                    Ryan Westerterp

                                                                                    Christopher Horton




Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:

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