Prepare to Become a Firefighter 1

Students who have completed their prerequisites are eligible to enroll in the CCSF's Firefighter 1 Academy. Upon completing the academy, you will receive a Firefighter 1 “Educational” Certificate, which meets California’s State Fire Training and the National Field Protection Association’s standard for Firefighter 1.

About the Academy

The City College of San Francisco Fire Fighter One Academy is taught under the Certification of the California State Fire Marshal Office of State Fire Training. The course meets the currently effective California State Fire Marshal Office of State Fire Training Firefighter One Curriculums.

The course is taught Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 1800-2200 hours, and all day Saturday, 0800-1800 hours. Additional hours may be scheduled as necessary. The Fire Academy is taught in the fall and spring semesters only. The Fire Academy program is headquartered at the John Adams Campus of CCSF.


To be eligible for the Fire Academy you must be a currently enrolled CCSF student with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students who have completed the Fire Science Technology major or who have received the Fire Protection certificate or who have completed Fire Science 111 will have priority for S.F.F.D. Fire Internships or with local fire departments.

  1. Currently enrolled in CCSF
  2. GPA 2.0 minimum

All Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of a "C" or higher

  1. FSC50-Introduction to Fire Science Technology 
  2. Fire Science 17 (Public Safety-Emergency Medical Responder) or EMT. 
  3. F SC 55 Wildland Fire Control 
  4. F SC 62 Rescue Practices
  5. PE 29 Firefighter and Public Safety Conditioning Course
    • Effective Fall 2015 semester, CPAT will no longer be accepted in lieu
      of PE29. 
  6. Proof of a current Physical/Medical release from your physician must be presented on the first night of class. This must be within one month of the start of the academy. A CCSF Fire Academy Medical Form will be provided.'

Proof of successful completion and certification must be presented the first night of class. Failure to meet the requirements listed above will cause one to be dropped from the Fire Academy the first night of class.

 It is recommended to have completed other core courses: 

  • FSC 52A- Fire Protection Equipment and Systems
  • FSC 57- Firefighter Safety
  • FSC 61A- Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
  • FSC64 -Fire Behavior and Combustion
  1. Course registration will be based on the normal registration process at CCSF. 
  2. Students who successfully enroll in FSC 111 must attend the first class meeting and a mandatory pre-academy meeting, which is the first Monday of the semester. One will be dropped for non-attendance. There are no exceptions! Roll Call will be taken at 1800 hours the first night of class, and a student not present for Roll Call will be dropped from the Fire Academy class, and replaced with a student on the waiting list.
  3. Waitlists for FSC 111 will be based on Admissions and Records waitlist policy. You must show written proof of your registration date/time if trying to add the first night of class.
  4. A current email address must be provided at time of registration. Important information regarding CCSF Fire Academy (Course syllabus, Student Handbook, clothing requirements, etc) will be sent to you before the semester begins.
  5. Additional course fees: Approximately $500 for uniform and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements, and mandatory academy uniform; approximately $75 each for certificates in Firefighter Safety and Survival, HazMat First Responder Operations (FRO), Confined Space Awareness and CalFire Wildland. In addition, with the implementation of the new 2019 Firefighter One curriculum, increased testing fees are being imposed by State Fire Training for manipulative skills testing and written testing requirements. These fees will be discussed at the beginning of the Fire Academy.
  6. Fire academy students will also be required to enroll in a one-unit course of FSC107A-Work Experience. This requirement is explained the first night of the academy.

Fire Science Overview

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Peter Patrick Madigan Antonini was scheduled to get hired into the San Francisco Fire Department. He was a graduate of the Fire Science program at CCSF, and was mentored by our department faculty to achieve his career goal of becoming a Firefighter. While running on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, he suffered a fatal heart attack and died despite heroic efforts to save him. It was found out later he suffered from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. His family has donated money to the CCSF Foundation, for which we now have a Fire Academy scholarship named in his honor, and from which we distribute an award each semester to a deserving member(s) of the Fire Academy class. We have worked closely with the Antonini Family to help promote a greater knowledge of HCM. There are many who have graduated from St. Ignatius High School who have also attended CCSF and gone on to careers in the SFFD. We are working to increase awareness of HCM at the high school and collegiate levels.