Basic Wildland Firefighter
Saturdays and Sundays,
February 2 -
April 28, 2013
March 30 & 31, 2013 (Easter weekend)
Class Location: Porterville Fire Station #2
- 500 N. Newcomb, Porterville, CA
Sorry, our Spring
2013 Wildland Academy is now FULL.
Next offering will be in Spring 2014.
Attention - If you are enrolled in our
Spring 2013 Wildland Academy:
CLICK HERE for updated Academy Uniform
NEW CAL FIRE training requirements
Effective January 1, 2011 the CAL FIRE basic firefighter
curriculum, commonly called the "CDF 67",
was replaced with a new training requirement that includes 80 hours of safety training, plus 99
hours of formal courses (179 hours total). Our 2012
Wildland Academy will include all of this EXCEPT for Public
Safety First Aid and CPR (because the majority of our
Academy Cadets are already EMT's). Additionally, the Academy will now be extended to 12
If you are seeking CAL FIRE employment , and do not
already have a Public Safety level first aid and CPR
card, you will need to take a separate Public Safety First
Aid and CPR class, or a Medical First Responder class or an
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class in order to meet
all CAL FIRE Basic Firefighter training requirements. EMT
classes are taught each semester at Porterville College.
Please click on the
"Career Information" link at left for additional guidance on
becoming a firefighter.
Academy Details - What is it?
This rigorous twenty four days of training is specifically designed
for those seeking a seasonal firefighter job with the California Department
of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) or a Federal forest fire agency such as the United States Forest Service (USFS).
Graduates of this Academy
also meet the minimum wildland
fire training requirements needed to apply for seasonal wildland
fire control positions with most other fire agencies in California.
The Interagency Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy is conducted on Saturdays and Sundays for TWELVE weekends in the Spring (192 hours). Students are also required to complete substantial self-study and homework assignments each week.
In addition to the required wildland
firefighting subjects, the Academy includes Hazardous Materials (Haz Mat FRO)
and Confined Space Awareness training
How to enroll...
We do not take early applications. However,
continuing/returning students do have an opportunity to
enroll ahead of new students and this class may be full by
the time open enrollment begins!
enroll on-line at www.portervillecollege.edu when registration for SPRING classes opens. This class typically fills very rapidly and slots are awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.
Watch the College website for Spring semester class enrollment dates.
Continuing/returning students, and those who sign up
very early on the day enrollment opens will have the best chance of securing a seat. If you need enrollment assistance, please call the Porterville College Admissions Office at (559) 791-2220.
Are there any prerequisites?
There are no prerequisites. However, to be successful in this Academy a student MUST
be in top physical condition and able to perform arduous physical
tasks such as hiking, climbing, dragging fire hose and cutting fire line with hand tools
for extended periods of time.
Academy students must also wear an approved Academy uniform
and provide certain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as outlined elsewhere in
What certificates are issued?
Certificates issued upon successful completion of the Academy may include:
(Note: CSTI and SFM certificates require payment
of an additional fee NOT included in course registration)
- CSTI - Hazardous Materials - First Responder Operations
- SFM - Confined Space Rescue - Awareness
- SFM - Firefighter Survival
- NWCG S-130 Firefighter Training (includes L180 Human
Factors and S-133 Look Up Look Down)
- NWCG S-190 Basic Fire Behavior
- CAL FIRE Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
- CAL FIRE Basic Firefighter (Includes the new 80 Hour safety
curriculum) PLUS all 99 hours of the newly required formal training EXCEPT
PUBLIC SAFETY FIRST AID and CPR).
NOTE! Only those students who successfully pass ALL
written and hands-on skills evaluations required by CAL FIRE will receive the
CAL FIRE Basic Firefighter Course certificate.
What about Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment?
CLICK HERE for
detailed Academy Uniform
and PPE requirements!
Cadets are required to wear an approved uniform,
and should be in uniform the first day
of class. Cadets must also provide their own boots and
gloves. Each Cadet should also attempt to provide
their own Nomex brush gear (shirt and pants),
and web gear. However, a very limited supply of Wildland
personal protective equipment is available for loan to those
Cadets who are not already affiliated with a fire department
and have gear. Helmets, goggles and Nomex shrouds will be
provided to all Cadets by the College.
Additionally, each Cadet must bring one 3
inch, three ring, binder to hold printed class materials.
What about First Aid training?
Though not required
to enroll in the Academy, and not taught during the Academy, when applying for a
job most local and
State fire agencies will want you to have current first aid and CPR
certification at the Public Safety First Aid level or above. It is recommended
that you consider taking the Emergency Medical Technician I class that is also
offered at Porterville College.
Will completion of the Academy guarantee a job?
Though past graduates of this Academy have been highly successful
in getting jobs as seasonal firefighters, there is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that completion of
this Academy will result in employment by any fire agency. In addition to
completing this training, students will have to meet other pre-employment
requirements established by the various fire agencies.
Contact Information …
For more information, contact:
Rich Stover - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please limit inquiries to essential
questions. Due to the volume of emails received about our Fire Academies,
response to inquiries may not be immediate, but your
email will be answered as soon as possible.