1. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WILDLAND FIRE ACADEMY PROGRAM?
A. Completion of the following prior to applying:
- Reading 23 (or qualify for Read 101)
- FTEC 044
B. Earn a qualifying time on the Mandatory Pack Test. In preparation, begin a very active physical conditioning program. See:nifc.gov/FireFit/index.htm
2. HOW DO I ENROLL IN THE WILDLAND FIRE ACADEMY?
A. You MUST attend a scheduled orientation for the semester, second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. – Santa Fe Springs Training Center-Fire Academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. We encourage you to ask questions so you’ll have a good understanding of what to expect. We want you to succeed.
B. Download and complete the Wildland Fire Academy Application – Class 20
C. Download the medical form: OF178-CME. This is the form you will need for your complete physical examination.
3. WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE WILDLAND FIRE ACADEMY?
A. You will probably be challenged more, both mentally and physically than by any other class you’ve taken. You’ll run more and work harder than you knew you could.
B. You will meet a great group of men and women who TRULY desire to obtain fire service careers. Some of them will become your friends for life.
C. The staff will provide a professional, realistic level of training and counseling.
D. You will have the opportunity to join the best crew working for the Angeles National Forest. If you successfully complete the academy and join the Roadrunners you will have taken a giant step in obtaining a fire service career.
E. You will take part in a RIGOROUS PHYSICAL TRAINING PROGRAM. You will run (often on city streets), do calisthenics, drag hose, lift ladders, hike miles over on hillsides and trails, and then you’ll run some more.