The Firefighter I Academy (FRP251 & FRP251L) is limited-entry: You do not register for this the same way you register for other classes at RCC. In order to be enrolled in the academy course, the process described in the Getting Started Check List must completed first.
Twenty-four positions are available each academy. Selection is based upon a competitive entry process. The academy is an intense 11-week long program designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as an integral member of a firefighting team under direct and general supervision in hazardous conditions.
This course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 0800-1730. The class is located at the Jackson County Fire District 3 Training grounds (8383 Agate Rd, White City). This course is based on NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications.
Our program utilizes a diverse group of instructors who are employed with various local fire departments allowing us to bring the most up to date training to the student.
"RCC fire academy was my first experience with any structure firefighting and it gave me the base knowledge for everything that I do at work today. All the instructors were more than willing to go the extra mile to make sure all the students got everything they could out of the academy, and it was the most fun class I've ever taken. If anyone is interested in becoming a firefighter, RCC fire academy is the place to be to set you up for success and give you an amazing skill set for your future career!"
"As a career chef looking to change things up, I embarked on the process of being a career firefighter. Going through the RCC Fire science program, the firefighter 1 academy was the highlight. Under the stewardship of Captain Mike Longo and his cadre of instructors, career professionals, we were taught the necessary skills of the industry that will stand us in good stead for a prosperous career within the fire service."
"The RCC Firefighter I Academy directly led to my successful employment at Medford Fire Department. The structure of the course coupled with hands-on experiences as a student with Fire District 3 allowed me to grow and be exposed to the Fire Service. Having previously earned a bachelor's degree and served in the United States Army, I can say this program delivers on training, education, and experience. My dream was to live and work within the Rogue Valley while serving others. Learning from others who had achieved my goals before me led to my success in achieving my ultimate goal. I would direct anyone wanting to serve within the Fire Service to take their first step by enrolling into RCC's Firefighter I Academy."