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Fire Academy Co-Coordinators:

Eric Rapp

Dominic Sanfilippo


Contact Information:

Wendy Bocast, Administrative Secretary

(530) 895-2402
(530) 895-2938 FAX




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Fire Academy

Fire Academy Wall



January 9 - May 26, 2017

Fire Academy Overview:

The Butte Fire Academy has been training future firefighters for over 30 years. The standards of the program are founded on the belief that only intelligent, skillful, strong, and adaptable people of good character are suitable for the fire service. The life-safety services provided by modern fire departments demand these skills and abilities, and our program is dedicated to providing the necessary training to augment the natural talents of our students.

Without exception, every student who attends the Butte Fire Academy finds the program to be extraordinarily challenging……read more

Days & TimesThe Fire Academy generally meets Monday through Friday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, for 20 weeks. Some weekends are required.

Units29 semester units & .5 unit of Critical Skills Workshop




 Based on the current $46.00 per unit enrollment and material fees

$  300.00

 Books - Student purchases at the Butte College Bookstore (approx.)

$  600.00

 Uniforms and physical training clothes (approx.)

$  650.00

Personal Protective Equipment Rental (includes shipping, deposit, etc.)

$  490.00

 Laptop Computer, stethoscope, wildland gloves, safety glasses (approx.)

$  380.00

SCBA Rental (includes shipping, etc.)



  All fees are approximate and subject to change at any time.
  The fees listed above DO NOT include living expenses.


Out-of-state students will be charged $200 per unit above the initial fee.  Financial Aid (530) 895-2311 and/or Veteran's benefits (530) 895-2566 may be available through Butte College for qualified students.

CertificationThe Fire Academy conforms to standards for certification by the California Board of Fire Services.  Upon successful completion, the student will earn a Certificate of Achievement from the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The student will also be eligible for certification as an NREMT and is academically qualified for state certification as a Firefighter I, as well as certifications for CalFire Basic Firefighter; CalFire Basic Wildland Firefighter; Low Angle Rescue; Incident Command System 100 & 200; Terrorism Consequence Management; Vehicle Extrication; Fire Control 3; Confined Space Awareness; Swift Water Rescue; Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics; Hazardous Materials-First Responder Operational and Decon; and Firefighter Survival.

Prerequisites:  Students must have a combined minimum grade point average of 2.0 from all community colleges and/or universities, including Butte College. Students must be high school graduates or have a GED/CHSPE and provide evidence. A minimum assessment score of Reading Level 4 and English Level 3 are required. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that a 40-hour First Responder course be taken by non-EMT/Paramedics to prepare for the EMT portion of the Academy.  This course can be used on CalFire applications.

OrientationThe mandatory 3-hour orientation will cover what is expected of you physically, mentally, and academically, as well as Fire Academy policies and procedures.  No one will be allowed to continue with the Fire Academy application process without attending an orientation.

Active military personnel currently deployed out of the area and therefore unable to attend one of these dates should contact the Academy office at (530) 895-2402 for possible alternatives.

We also encourage students who are thinking about a career in the fire service or who are planning to attend a future session of the Academy to attend.  Our intention is for the potential candidate to be well informed and prepared for a successful experience in the Academy. **Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.**

No appointment is necessary and you do not need to preregister. There is no fee for this orientation.


Date Time  Location 
     AHPS 115
     AHPS 115


Other Important Dates to Remember:

It is highly recommended that potential cadets begin completing the mandatory up-to-date immunizations process NOW, as this process can take several months to verify. NOTE: TB screening will be done during the academy by the Student Health Clinic. However, if you have current records, please provide documentation.

Fire Academy Application Deadline (this includes applying to the academy, attending orientation, meeting the assessment requirement, meeting the 2.0 gpa requirement, and obtaining a student ID#):   October 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Personal History Statements/Medical Clearance must be returned by:   November 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Academy Registration & Fee Payment:  November 1 - 23, 2016 only

There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these deadlines. Failure of mail or courier services to deliver documents on time does not excuse the deadline. It is your responsibility to keep yourself informed of other campus departments' requirements (i.e., Bookstore hours of operation, Financial Aid deadlines, etc.).

Application Process:

ALL correspondence is via email; you must provide an accurate email address that is checked often on the academy application.

Effective immediately, acceptance into the academy will be on a first-come-first-served basis pending completion of all requirements, up to 55 applicants. Subsequent applicants will be placed on a waitlist and will be accepted in numerical order as space becomes available. Waitlisted applicants should be prepared at all times for entry into the academy, as there could be short notice. The first 55 applicants selected will be required to complete the following by the deadline in order to continue to the academy:

  • Obtain a Butte College ID number

  • Complete an academy application

  • Attend a mandatory academy orientation (separate from the college orientation)

  • Meeting the minimum Reading and English Assessment Levels

  • Complete a Personal History Statement, which must include a copy of your high school diploma/GED/CHSPE. Transcripts are accepted.

  • Complete the medical portion of the PHS, including a physical and physician's release, current immunization verification, and TB screening. It is highly recommended that potential cadets begin completing the mandatory immunizations NOW, as this process can take several months to verify.

  • Show evidence of a current CPR certification. Certification must be valid throughout the academy. The CPR certification must include Adult 1 & 2 Rescuer CPR, Child & Infant CPR, Adult, Child & Infant Obstructed Airway Maneuvers. The American Heart Association Health Care Provider or equivalent is the suggested source. ONLINE COURSES ARE NOT ACCEPTED!!! You must attend a face-to-face course.

  • Take note of Butte College's "7 Days to Pay" Policy and make financial arrangements accordingly.

UniformsAll participants are required to wear the Butte College Fire Academy uniform. 

HousingThere is no housing on campus. A list of off-campus housing can be found at

LocationButte College is located between Chico and Oroville.  You can reach the college by taking Durham-Pentz Rd - off Highway 99, or Clark Rd - off Highway 70.  The Fire Academy office is located in the Allied Health and Public Services (AHPS) Building Room 144.

TransportationCadets are responsible for their own transportation. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be some off-campus training (up to a 4-hour drive/ride-along program). 

Non-discriminationThe Butte-Glenn Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, color, or disability in any of its facilities, programs or activities.  The District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in a timely manner upon request.

DisabilitiesPhysical or learning disabilities will not disqualify you from entering this Academy.  However, it is your responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services at (530) 895-2455 (identify yourself as a Fire Academy student) prior to the starting date of the Academy.  Any time spent away from the classroom regarding this matter will not be acceptable. An individual requiring a specific accommodation should contact the Fire Academy as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days prior to the start of class.

Information & Application

Fire Academy Admission Policy here

Questionnaire for Academy Success



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Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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