Most students who enroll in the Colorado Mountain College Fire Academy are seeking their first job in the fire service. There are several ways to successfully start a firefighter career. CMC has pathway options for someone new to higher education, someone changing careers or someone looking to expand their firefighting skills and knowledge.
Explore and discuss options
To get started, you will first meet with our Fire Science Technology Program Coordinator to discuss the fire service and the requirements needed to apply for firefighter positions in Colorado and other states. You will have the opportunity to discuss volunteer service, professional firefighter career opportunities and what CMC can offer to best prepare you to meet your goal of becoming a firefighter in Colorado or elsewhere.
We will help you determine if a degree in Fire Science Technology is something that you want to consider for your career path or if a basic fire academy will meet your needs.
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Get Ready for the Fire Academy
Once you have determined how you want to proceed, it’s time to prepare for the Fire Academy.
Students must have completed a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) within 12 months of the start of the academy in which they plan to enroll. You must present the certificate and complete Credit for Prior Learning to get college credit for FST-160 CPAT, which is a pre-requisite for enrolling in the Fire Academy.
CMC’s Firefighter I Academy is offered during the fall semester each year. Occasionally, based upon demand, we host an Academy at Edwards in the late spring. Enrollment is limited.
Planning ahead is critical. Obtain your CPAT certification prior to the beginning of the semester so you can register with the college and enroll in time to secure your spot in the academy. Registration is first-come, first-serve.
CMC Fire Academy Classes and State of Colorado Testing
The Fire Academy provides students with the basic requirement of the State of Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to test for Hazardous Materials – Operations and Fire Fighter I certifications.
Testing for these certifications is conducted through the State of Colorado. CMC will coordinate a testing session, but this testing is outside the limits of the classes and Fire Academy as taught through the college.
CMC will coordinate one written and one practical CDFPC test for both Firefighter I (FFI) and Haz-Mat Operations (HMO). There is an additional certification fee of $30 per written test.
Students are encouraged to visit Colorado.gov/publicsafety to find the most current information on firefighter certification in the State of Colorado. Questions about this procedure or anything related to the CMC Fire Academy or Fire Science Technology Program should be directed to the Program Coordinator.