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Firefighter I Academy

picture of a firefighter's helmetThe Firefighter I Academy (FRP251 & FRP251L) is limited-entry: You do not register for this the same way you register for other classes at RCC.  In order to be enrolled in the academy course, the process described below must be completed first.

Twenty positions are available each academy.  Selection is based upon a competitive entry process.  The academy is an intense 11 week long program designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as an integral member of a firefighting team under direct and general supervision in hazardous conditions. This course meets on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 0800-1730. Class location includes the Jackson County Fire District 3 Training grounds and several other field locations. This course is based on NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Our program utilizes a diverse group of instructors who are employed with various local fire departments allowing us to bring the most up to date training to the student.

Video from the 2013 Firefighter I Academy

Important Dates: Current application process for spring AND fall 2018
FOR BOTH 2018 ACADEMIES  
APPLICATION AVAILABLE June 5, 2017
APPLICATION CLOSES January 5, 2018
VOLUNTARY PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST ORIENTATION January 13, 2018
WRITTEN & PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST January 27, 2018
ORAL BOARD INTERVIEWS February 2 & 3, 2018
For spring term academy:  
MEDICAL, DRUG SCREEN, FIT TEST RESULTS DUE March 2, 2018
TURNOUT FITTING March 15,16,17, 2018
ORIENTATION March 17, 2018
CLASS BEGINS April 3, 2018
For fall term academy:  
MEDICAL, DRUG SCREEN, FIT TEST RESULTS DUE September 8, 2018
TURNOUT FITTING Sept. 14,15,16, 2018
ORIENTATION September 16, 2018
CLASS BEGINS September 25, 2018
Minimum Requirements
  • Age: Applicant must be 18 years old by the end of the second month of term.
  • High School Graduate or GED, verified through transcripts.
  • You must first be admitted as an RCC student. Your RCC ID# is required on the application form.
  • You must complete a placement test or provide proof of one of the following:
    • RCC Placement Test taken with scores placing into RD30, MTH20, and WR30 (or higher.) OR
    • RCC courses completed at or above RD20, MTH20, and WR30 (or higher). OR
    • Submit transcripts from prior colleges showing completed coursework at or above these levels to the RCC Enrollment Services office.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Physical Agility: Physical training is an important component of the Academy. Applicants must pass the Physical Agility Test (PAT). Details can be found HERE. You can also watch the informational video.
  • Drug Screen/ Background check: If selected, applicant will be required to complete and pass a 10-panel drug screen and a comprehensive criminal background investigation. Persons with a criminal record of crimes against people, violent crimes or multiple convictions may be disqualified. If you have concerns about this, contact the Fire Academy Coordinator. 
Estimated Costs
Tuition Current tuition information $832.00
Gear Rental Charge Helmet, Jacket, Pants, Boots & SCBA $250.00
Textbook Delmar $100.75
Nomex Hood NFPA-Compliant Structural Hood $21.85
Water jug Blue Coleman 1-gallon $17.55
Gloves NFPA Structural Fire Gloves $85.20
Safety Glasses Anti-fog recommended $5.00
T-shirt  RCC Fire Science Blue T-Shirt (3 @ $13.85) $41.55
Shorts  RCC Fire Science Blue Shorts (3 @ $17.85)  $53.55
Sweatshirt  RCC Fire Science Blue Sweatshirts ($29.85) $29.85
Drug Screen/ Background Details provided on acceptance $76.00
Respiratory Mask Fit Test  Required for issue of SCBA Face Mask $73.00
Rental Gear Cleaning  Students required to launder twice ($24 each @ Weldon's) $48.00
Medical Exam Fee depends on Provider and Insurance  $90.00

 

Total Estimated Costs: $ 1,652.30

Application Packet

Application details are now available.

If you have questions about this process, contact Fire Academy Coordinator Mike Longo at mlongo@roguecc.edu