Fire Recruit Academy

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Administrative Assistant

Academy Chief
South Campus, Room D104
2201 S. 78th Street, Tacoma

Welcome to the Fire Academy at Bates Technical College.

The experience.

As a firefighter, you understand the importance of keeping up with industry standards, continuing your education, and becoming an expert in your field. Bates Technical College's world-class Fire Academy and fire continuing education courses are designed to offer a variety of learning opportunities for those in our fire service community. Our program is International Fire Service Accreditation Congress-accredited and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant.

Each of our courses are taught by subject-matter experts who will share their knowledge and expertise in all areas of fire service, to include critical incident stress, cancer and safety awareness, and fire science and operations.

This means when you're in class, you'll gain valuable, critical skills that you can take back to your job. With more than 30 instructors, we maintain a 5:1 student/teacher ratio during drill days, which makes our instructors accessible, and helps you interact more with classmates and instructors.

About the Academy.

The Fire Academy provides 27 credits of rigorous initial training for new firefighters. The initial firefighter academy is 10 weeks in length.

Those who successfully complete the academy will hold the following certificates:

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Live Fire Training
  • Flammable Liquids Firefighter
  • IFSAC FF2 (Seven additional days of instruction after the academy.)

Prerequisite: Fire Department extrance exam, medical and agility test. Medical evaluation required for self-sponsored recruits.

Fire Continuing Education and FF JATC

Bates Technical College partners with the Washington State Firefighter's Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee to offer online courses in journeyman-level and supervisory-level certification.

These courses are divided into two steps. The first step includes five mandatory classes, five credits each, that apprentices take as the first step toward becoming a journeyman firefighter. The final step includes four classes:

  • IFSAC Fire Officer 1, five credits
  • IFSAC Fire Officer 2, five credits
  • IFSAC Fire Instructor 1, three credits
  • Fire Incident Safety Officer, two credits

Students will also be eligible to take the IFSAC journeyman certifications exams to become a supervisor. Both steps combined lead to an Associate in Applied Science in Fire Supervision. Several courses also count toward an Associate in Applied Science in Fire Command and Administration, a collaborative degree between Bates and Pierce College.

How do I enroll?

The course fee is approximately $4,206.54 and is subject to change without  notice. We provide a dorm at the South Campus that sleeps up to 16 recruits, with minor kitchen facilities, at a low price of $20/night per student.

To register for the course or learn about upcoming dates, please contact Fire Service Training at 253.680.7460.

Contract Instruction and Evaluation

Fire service faculty may also be able to provide contract instruction and evaluation (IFSAC) across the state upon request from fire departments and districts on a case-by-case basis. Examples include IFSAC Fire Instructor 1, Fire Officer 1 and 2, and Fire Apparatus Operator.

The IFSAC evaluation team is comprised of professionals in fire service who are subject-matter experts from throughout the region. 

Our program also rents out a variety of training props, and can develop courses based on the individual needs of our fire service customers.

Please contact fire service training, 253.680.7460, for more information.


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