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Fire Academy Overview and Entry Requirements

This is a Firefighter I Academy, held at the Public Safety Training Center in San Marcos. The academy is a one-semester course, meeting Monday through Friday. The cost for the academy ranges from $1,800 to $2,000.

Completion of Palomar’s seven core fire classes is recommended, but not required, prior to applying. These classes are: Fire 100, 101,118, 120, 130, 142 and 165. Please note that if taking these classes in the fall semester, grades will not be posted in time to receive points on the following spring academy application.

Two academies are offered per year, in the fall and spring semesters. The application window for the fall semester typically opens mid-April and closes at the end of May. For the spring semester, the application window typically opens mid-September and closes at the end of October of the prior year.

The application process consists of submission of the application, followed by a physical ability test, concluding with an oral interview. Selection into the academy is based on a point system. Please see the screening sheet in “Academy Documents” for the point breakdown.

If you need further information regarding Palomar’s EMT or Paramedic programs, you may visit the EME website, www.palomar.edu/eme

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Possess a valid National Registry or county EMT card. You must have this at the time of application. 
  2. Possess a valid California drivers license.
  3. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  4. File academy application.
  5. Pass a physical agility test (in 5 minutes, 54 seconds), which is part of the application process.
  6. Be medically cleared to participate in a dynamic physical conditioning program.
  7. Not have been convicted of a felony, and certain misdemeanors, in any state. (pc 1201 & 12021.1)

THE BELOW ITEMS MUST ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION:

  • California driver’s license

  • Current CPR card

  • Current EMT-B National Registry

OPTIONAL ITEMS:

ITEMHOW TO SHOW PROOF
Fire Technology core or related classesUnofficial transcript reflecting grades for classes
Completion of 2 or 4 year collegeCopy of diploma or unofficial transcripts
Paramedic certificationNational Registry or San Diego County Paramedic license
EMT or Paramedic employmentCopy of paystub, W-2 or letter from employer confirming employment
Fire Explorer, Volunteer Fire Fighter or Reserve Fire FighterReport of hours, training record, W-2 or employee ID card
Honorable Military DischargeDD214 displaying honorable discharge

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE UPON SUBMISSION (with the exception of  PENDING transcripts)

Proof of completion of fire technology classes must be accompanied by an unofficial transcript. The Fire Technology Office does not have access to Palomar College student transcripts. 

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Spring, 2020 Fire Academy dates

Application DeadlineTuesday, October 15, 2019
Physical Ability TestSaturday, October 26, 2019
InterviewsThurs/Fri, November 7/8, 2019
OrientationFriday, November 15, 2019
First Day of the AcademyTuesday, January 21, 2020

 

 

All communication regarding the application process will be via email. Applicants will be notified of each step in the process.

For further information, please contact Carole Musgrove, Fire Technology Staff Assistant at cmusgrove@palomar.edu.