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Basic Firefighter Academy: FALL-2015

The College of the Desert-Public Safety Academy FIRE 063A (Basic Firefighter Academy-Part 1) is the first required course of a sequential two semester accredited SFM Basic Firefighter Academy designed to provide cadets with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and the entry level skills required by most fire departments.

Successful completion of both FIRE 063A and FIRE 063B (Basic Firefighter Academy-Part 2) are required to be eligible to apply for the State Firefighter I Certificate. The part-time academy amounts to College units and a student completing the academy will receive certificates of achievement through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, California State Training Institute, the National Wildland Coordinating Group, and FEMA.

 To Apply:

  1. Complete or enroll in Fire 001, Fire Protection Organizations (3 unit course).
  2. Complete or sign-up for, CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) OR BIDDLE 
  3. Complete COD Fire_Academy_Application BFA FALL-2015.pdfCOD Fire_Academy_Application BFA FALL-2015.pdf
  4. Please review the application and make sure itis completely filled out,with the appropriate paper work attached, before submission. Applications are due Friday, June 12, 2015 before 6pm.


  • Students who do not possess an EMT Certificate when applying will be required to complete an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 3-unit course prior to completion of Fire-063B.


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For information regarding pre-requisites and/or how to apply please contact the PSA staff at or call (760) 674-3765.


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Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FIRE 63A Basic Fire Fighter Academy I - Part 1  9.75
FIRE 63B Basic Fire Fighter Academy I - Part 2  8.75
This certificate provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to safely perform, under minimal supervision, essential and advanced fire ground tasks. These shall include basic rescue operations, auto extrication, basic fire suppression, prevention and investigation, a basic knowledge of the "Incident Command System" and an introduction to the potential dangers of hazardous materials. In addition, students will learn to use, inspect and maintain various types of firefighting and rescue equipment. Completion of this certificate satisfies the manipulative and academic training requirements as established by the State Fire Marshal to become certified as a Fire Fighter 1.
Graduating cadets may apply for a Basic Firefigther Certificate of Achievement.
Instructions for filling out the application:
  1. Click and log into "MyCOD Portal" on the main website.
  2. Click "A&R Forms" located on the left side of the webpage.
  3. Select "Certificate Application." 
  4. Please fill out the application completely.
  5. Click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.