Monterey County Fire Training Officers Association logo

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 2020-1 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 November 2, 2020. Due to the COVID pandemic, the academy was delayed for several months before resuming later in the year.

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 2020-1 Graduates:

Matthew Bernotas                      William Salmina             

Joachim Black                            Jordan Sato-Sterni

Daniel Carrillo                            Beau Schuler

Douglas Dengate                      Jack Schuler

Brady Leist                                Kevin Seaver

James Meeks                            Nickolai Sockol

Carlos Morales                          Mike Turner

Garrett Munter                          Matthew Vidito       

Tanner Okerson                        Jack Wolf

Jarod Pompey                          




2020-1 Class Awards:

Top Manipulative Skills Award:              Mike Turner

Top Academic Student Award:              Kevin Seaver

Most Dedicated Student Award:            Mike Turner

Most Improved Student Award:             Matthew Bernotas

Leadership Award:                                Kevin Seaver

Top Gun Award:                                    Garrett Munter



2020-1 Scholarship Recipients: 

Jennifer Denmark Memorial Scholarship:                    Carlos Morales

Bobby Clinton “Knights of the Rose” Scholarship:      Jared Pompey  

Thomas Campbell Memorial Scholarship:                   Garrett Munter

Monterey Peninsula College Firemanship Award:       Mike Turner



Monterey Peninsula College – Fire Academy Class Videos:

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