Fire Science Technology: Fire Academy I & II Certificates

CMC Firefighting instructor and students debrief after training.

Fire Academy I & II at Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College offers a clear path to begin a career in the fire service

The Fire Academy I certification program prepares students with the fundamental skills and experience to pursue entry-level fire service positions.

Benefit from affordable on-campus housing in a community that celebrates and supports fire service professionals. Connect with local fire departments while expanding your firefighting skills and knowledge. With more live-fire days than any other program in the state, CMC’s Fire Academy is widely recognized by many fire agencies in Colorado.

The Fire Academy II program is designed to advance fire fighters to the next level in the fire service. Students will learn new skills at the Firefighter II and Hazardous Materials Technician levels.

Academy Classes & Hands-on Training

Fire Academy I

This certificate program prepares students with the basic skills necessary to respond to community emergencies including medical, fire-related, and hazardous materials incidents.

Fire Academy I consists of two college-level credit classes:

  • Firefighter I (FST-100) – 9 credit hours
  • Hazardous Materials Operations (FST-107) – 3 credit hours

Classes are offered at the CMC Leadville campus, and hands-on training occurs at the live burn facility in the Vail Valley. CMC provides SCBA, bunker gear, Academy uniforms and other personal protective gear.

Fire Academy instructors are a diverse group of active and retired firefighters, representing five fire departments throughout the region. Training schedules are consistent with the standard 48/96 schedule practiced by rural Colorado fire departments – two consecutive 24-hour shifts on duty, followed by four consecutive days off.

Fire Academy II

This certificate program is intended to advance fire fighters to the next level in the fire service. Students will learn new skills at the Fire Fighter II and Hazardous Materials Technician levels.

The curriculum includes classes included in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology and credits may be applied toward that degree. Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency in Fire Academy II.

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