Basic Fire Fighter Academy

The College of the Desert Basic Fire Fighter Academy program 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" (ICS) 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. 

BFFA 063A (Basic Firefighter I Academy-Part 1) is the first required course of a sequential two semester accredited State Fire Marshal (SFM) Basic Firefighter Academy designed to provide cadets with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and the entry level skills required by the vast majority fire departments nationwide.

Successful completion of both BFFA 063A and BFFA 063B (Basic Firefighter I Academy-Part 2) are required to be eligible to apply for the State Firefighter I Certificate after completing the required experience requirement. The Fire Academy course units are part of required electives for Fire Technology Associates Degree for employment preparation. Students completing the Fire Academy will receive certificates of achievement through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and IFSAC / Pro Board, California State Training Institute, the National Wildland Coordinating Group, and FEMA. This certificate is also nationally recognized by the IFSAC / Pro Board standard of certification for the Fire Fighter I. Completion of this certificate satisfies the manipulative and academic training requirements as established by the SFM to become certified as a Fire Fighter 1.

The COD Basic Fire Academy is accredited through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and adheres to the SFM’s 2013 Certified Firefighter I requirements.


Cameron T. Miller
Associate Professor, Fire Technology

Program Coordinator:

Robert C. Perotti
Public Safety Academy Manager
Fire Academy Coordinator

Associate Degree

Certificate of Achievement

Basic Fire Fighter Academy (BFFA)