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Firefighter One Academy

Have you always wanted to be a firefighter? The Red Rocks Community College Fire Science program and Firefighter Academy can provide the key to an exciting career in the fire service! The Academy offers students the opportunity to learn from instructors already on fire departments, as well as, to receive hands-on training in preparation for becoming a Level One certified firefighter in Colorado.

Career Opportunities

The Red Rocks Firefighter One Academy prepares you for future entrance into the fire service, for volunteer firefighter positions, and for the rigorous testing involved in applying for paid positions with a fire department.

Salary range. Rookie firefighters earn a salary ranging from $40,000 to $50,000, and within the first four years salary may increase by up to $10,000, depending on the hiring agency. Raises in salary are automatic thereafter; however, individuals may pace themselves and, with some motivation, move up the salary scale more rapidly.

Promotions. Firefighters applying for promotions must have the specific knowledge required for the desired position and challenge the entrance exams for the position. Some positions with a fire department require the applicant to possess either a two- or four-year degree, depending upon the rank tested for and individual department requirements.

History of the Red Rocks Fire Science Program

Since the early 1970s Red Rocks Community College has offered the Fire Science and a Fire Academy since 1993. Having received Program of Excellence grant funds in 1995 to expand the program, the Fire Science program now occupies the Southwest Wing on the Red Rocks Lakewood Campus. The program is part of the Emergency and Public Safety Department, encompassing emergency response programs, specifically Emergency Management and Planning, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement Training.

Firefighter One Academy Information


Please note that two classes actually comprise the RRCC Firefighter One Academy:
FST 100 - Essentials of Firefighting/Firefighter One Academy
FST 170 - Fire Academy Clinical (Ride along. Highly suggested to enhance your fire academy experience.)
FST 107 – Haz Mat Operations
FST 107 is a required co-requisite for FST 100.

Course Offerings:

Fall semester-16 weeks, one Academy offered: mid-August through mid-December
Spring semester-16 weeks, one Academy offered: mid-January through mid-May;

See current
course schedule for days and times.


Each student who successfully completes all three required courses will receive a Firefighter One Academy certificate of completion from RRCC.

Firefighter One Academy Registration

Mandatory Orientation :

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
at the West Metro Fire Rescue Training Center
3535 South Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80235

For information on registering for Fall 2014, Fire Academy, click here: Fire Academy Information Packet.

Registration sessions for Fire Academy are held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., room 1660.

Before attending a registration session, please review the information packet and have all required documentation needed for registration completed.

DRCOG Testing

The Red Rocks Firefighter One Academy recommends that students take the Denver Regional Council of Governments Test (DRCOG), which is offered twice a year. At least 13 metropolitan fire department hire from the DRCOG list.

Fire Science Technology Degree

The 12-credit Firefighter Academy is part of the Fire Science Associate of Applied Science degree. In addition, Fire Academy students can benefit from the Job Assessment (FST 110) course taught by fire service veterans. Job Assessment students gain insight on testing with departments, i.e., knowledge about testing procedures, how to take oral boards, and what departments look for in applicants.