Since the early 1970's the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) has certified recruit fire fighter Academies. The Verdugo Fire Academy has evolved from one of the first Academies in California, and offers the experience gained to the firefighters of the future. The Academy has changed sponsors, and even names, over the years, but many of the same dedicated instructors continue to serve you.  The average length of experience of our instructors is eighteen years in the fire service.

The Academy was originally co-sponsored by the Pasadena Fire Department and Pasadena Community College (PCC). Battalion Chief Victor Stephens headed the PCC Fire Technology Department beginning in the mid 1960's, and participated in the Academy's development. The first Pasadena Fire Academy was offered in 1974 under the direction of Captain Roy Kline, Task Force Commander, from the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

In 1987, the Pasadena Unified School District and Los Angeles County Office of Education Regional Occupation Program replaced PCC. The Academy was accepted into the Fire Technology Program at Glendale Community College in 1998.

The original CSFM curriculum was 240 hours. Through the years, developments in the CSFM-approved curriculum, as well as advances in the fire service profession, have mandated an increase in hours and introduction of new disciplines. In addition, outside influences, such as Cal OSHA, have had a direct effect on what must be taught to recruit fire fighters. In order to enhance job safety, trainees must learn about Hazardous Materials, Confined Spaces, Bloodborne Pathogens, and other topics. The Verdugo Fire Academy curriculum reflects these new standards. 

The goal of the Academy, however, is to do more than meet the standards.  We strive to assist students in becoming the most competitive candidates possible.  Therefore, additional certification classes are included in the program. Changes in the CSFM curriculum and these certificate programs result in over 780 hours of instruction and practice for the recruit level academy.

The staff and instructors of the Academy are here because of the students we serve.  We look forward to having you join our program, our community, and our profession.

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