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Fire Technology

Fire Academy

The Fire Academy at College of San Mateo is state-certified as an accredited regional training program (ARTP). The academy is offered twice a year during the fall and spring semesters. Each presentation meets Monday - Friday (0830 - 1730). This is a 17 unit course. For more information about enrollment fees, visit the Fees page.

To get a general idea about other related costs, download the Fire Academy Course Needs document.
Each academy group will receive updated and current information once accepted into the course.

All participants must possess a current, valid EMT certificate or Paramedic license and meet one of the three prerequisite requiement options listed below.

Fire Technology Coursework option
  • Have successfully completed FIRE 715 - Principles of Emergency Services, AND
  • Have successfully completed at least three (3) additional units of Fire Technology coursework
Fire Service Experience option
  • One year of fire service experience in a fire suppression unit may use their experience in lieu of completed coursework
  • Written proof from agency and resume required
Fire Agency Sponsorship option
  • Written proof from hiring agency required
Spring 2024 Important Information
  • Complete Fire Academy prerequisites in conjunction with applying to College of San Mateo. For more information see the Pathway to the Fire Academy checklist.