How long is the Verdugo Fire Academy?
Our Academy is a
one-year para-military program performed on Thursday Nights 6pm to 10pm, and Saturday's and Sunday's from
8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You will be making a one-year commitment for weekends.
What does para-military mean?
While this is not
exactly boot camp we do have a drill master responsible for teaching cadet's
discipline and structure. There will be uniform inspection every Saturday
and Sunday. Cadets are expected to be in uniform and to have their boots
spit shined each day. Female cadets will wear their hair in a braid or
pinned down and male cadets will be clean shaven at all times. No beard or
whiskers shall be evident. Short hair will be the order for all male
cadets. You will stand at attention and take orders as directed.
Is there a fee associated with
a non-refundable program fee (lab fee) associated with the program. This lab
fee covers the cost of your books, certificates, and other
fire fighting apparatus you will use throughout the year long program.
In addition Cadets must sign
up for 32 units of credits over the one-year period based on current cost
per unit from the college. Twelve units for fall
and spring and 4 units for winter and summer. Cadets must supply their
own uniforms and safety equipment, which is payable to an outside vendor.
For an estimate of all fees please refer to the VFA estimated fee schedule.
Is there financial aid for the
No. The Fire Academy
is a State Fire Marshal accredited program and not a Glendale Community
College program. There is the potential to obtain a BOGG fee waiver for
those that qualify to waive the semester fees. Information on obtaining a
BOGG fee waiver will come in the application packet.
How many cadets do you take
We take a maximum
of 60 cadets for each class. So therefore, competition is high to get in.
What qualifications do I need
in order to apply?
You must be at
least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or have your GED. It is
recommended that you also have your EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
license completed and have taken some Fire Technology courses. Please note that if you are allowed
into the academy prior to having your EMT license, you MUST possess a
valid EMT license with the State of California, or County within the State
of California, prior to the scheduled graduation date. Failure to do
this will disqualify you from graduating from the academy. If you have
completed the academy training successfully, and fail to produce a valid EMT
license, you will not graduate and will not be issued a Certificate of
Why is your academy year long?
Our academy is
geared toward working adults. You may work or go to school during the week
and then spend the weekends learning the Fire Fighting trade.
What else would I need prior to
All cadets must
take and pass the CPAT
exam. This exam is a timed physical agility test
geared toward fire fighters. You must perform 8 events in 10 minutes and
seconds. The cadet will be given two times during the academy to take
this test. Even if a cadet has previously passed a CPAT, the cadet
must pass the CPAT within 30 days before the scheduled graduation in order
to be eligible to graduate. You might want to begin a Physical
Training program as early as possible to ensure success in passing the
CPAT exam. The CPAT web site offers a
Candidate Preparation Guide to help you get in shape for the exam. Cadets who do not pass the
CPAT exam will not graduate from the
What is the Explorer Program?
Program is geared toward teens between the ages of 15 and 21. This is a 13
week program that teaches the basics of fire fighting and prepares teens for
a career in fire fighting and in getting them into a Fire Academy. You may
take this program a total of four times. For further information in the
Glendale, CA area go to
the Glendale Fire Department Fire Explorers
What is a Cadet
The Verdugo Fire Academy
encourages our cadets to seek sponsorship from area fire departments. This
benefits the cadet and the sponsoring agency in many ways. The primary
intent of sponsorship is to provide the opportunity to fill each class with
student representatives from surrounding communities and to provide that
training element required by the CSFM for certification as a Firefighter I.
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