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Firefighter 1 Academy

PPCC's Firefighter 1 Academy (FST 100) prepares and certifies future fire service professional using industry standard equipment and techniques.

What is the Firefighter 1 Academy?

The Fire Academy is a 16-week academy that challenges students through rigorous physical training, skills testing, and academic training and assessment.

Why go to PPCC's Academy?

PPCC's academy is one of the most recognized academies in Colorado. Our instructors - all of whom are fire service professionals (firefighters, investigators, fire chiefs) - have on average 15 years of on-the-job experience. With more than 400 years of combined practical and technical experience, our instructors prepare students to become tomorrow's fire service professionals.

Training Standards

Who Should Apply for The Academy?

Those interested in joining the fire service through volunteer departments or by applying to municipal departments should consider the fire academy. The Fire Academy will prepare you to start your career through the expertise of knowledgeable and experienced firefighters, fire chiefs, and other fire service professionals. 

Firefighter Academy Physical Requirements

The Firefighter 1 Academy is the most physically strenuous course at Pikes Peak Community College. Students should expect:

  • At least 3 graded physical fitness tests for grade throughout the academy
  • Weekly physical fitness training on the PPCC drill ground
  • Intensive skills-based training with fire equipment

Students who work hard and successfully complete PPCC's fire academy will be prepared to meet the demands of the fire service.


Spring Academy is full. You may still fill out an application but will not accept them until we resume interviews for Fall 2021 academy in March 2021. 


Physical Requirements and Disqualifying Information

Fire Academy Application

Get Started in the Firefighter 1 Academy

Apply to PPCC Contact the Fire Science Department

Fire Academy Estimated Costs

  • Tuition/Fees - $1,522.00
  • Uniform & Gear/Textbook - $330.00
  • Total = Approximately  - $1,722.00

* Prices are an estimate and are subject to change

** Financial Aid Available