Fire Academy

San Joaquin Delta College Firefighter I Academy is certified by the California State Fire Marshal to present a 400 hour basic course to pre-service students who qualify for admission to the program. Students earn nine and three tenths units for successful completion of this semester course. The course is designed to train individuals who plan to be a member of the fire service.

This unique 16-hour per week program is presented in an extended format. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day on Saturday.

The Academy is demanding, both physically and mentally. Discipline is required to establish conduct and attitudes expected of a firefighter by the public they serve.

Any person who is eligible to apply for employment as a California fire fighter is eligible to apply for entrance into the program. San Joaquin Delta College complies fully with requirements of both the State and Federal government.

Upon successful completion of the program students receive a certificate of completion from Delta College.

Admission Requirements

Additional information concerning application procedures for the Fire Academy may be obtained from the Public Safety Program Office located in Holt Center, room 140, or by calling 954-5370.

The Fire Academy is designed to provide basic skills for in-service and pre-service fire service personnel. This course satisfies the State of California Office of the State Fire Marshall and the State Board of Fire Services curriculum for Firefighter I. There is no required entrance test for Fire Academy students. Applicants must submit a medical certificate of fitness, and sign a felony disclaimer.

Information regarding the Fire Academy is located in the Applied Science & Technology Division Office Holt 140.

Application Procedure

1. Applicants must be admitted to San Joaquin Delta College. An application for Admission to the College must be on file by the program application deadline. (Contact the Public Safety Program Office, Holt Center, room 140, for an admissions application.)
2. Applicants must be high school graduates, or possess any of the following: General Education Development (G.E.D.) certification, California High School Proficiency (C.H.S.P.) certificate, or an associate or higher degree. Official transcripts from high school or any-applicable college/university, or G.E.D. or C.H.S.P. certification must be submitted with the application to the program. Official documents must be in sealed envelopes. Foreign transcripts are not acceptable.
3. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or higher, and demonstrate a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for applicable high school course work. Prerequisite courses completed at colleges or universities other than San Joaquin Delta College must be comparable in theory and lab content and hours of instruction to SJDC courses.
4. All applicants must satisfy the College's assessment-placement test requirement.
5. File an application to the Firefighter I Academy. Application forms are available at the Public Safety Program Office, Holt Center, room 140.
6. Participation in an orientation session to be scheduled for candidates participating in the Academy.
7. Submit to a physical examination by a licensed physician (paid by the candidate) and a signed release to fully participate in all aspects of Academy training and testing.
8. Complete a felony disclaimer.
9. Show proof of medical insurance.
10. Possession of a valid drivers license.

Selection Procedure

If the number of applicants exceed the maximum class size of fifty (50), all applicants will be included in a lottery drawing and ranked by random selection. The first 50 students, according to ranking order, who accept the offer to participate, will be admitted to the program.

For Additional Information

Applications to the program and information regarding these requirements are available from the Applied Science and Technology Division's Public Safety Program, Holt Center, room 140. Mail inquiries may be sent to:

Public Safety Program
Applied Science and Technology Division
San Joaquin Delta College

Holt Center, room 140

5151 Pacific Avenue

Stockton, CA 95207

Fax (209) 954-5600

Telephone (209) 954-5370