Full-time Fire and Rescue Academy
TMCC Fire Technology Mission Statement
The mission of the TMCC fire technology program is to prepare students for entry-level positions and to enhance the career of current fire-service personnel by providing quality, certified classes.
Academy Mission Statement
The mission of the Northern Nevada Fire and Rescue Academy at Truckee Meadows Community College is to develop the cadet toward a career in the fire service through a process of rigorous academics, realistic hands-on training, attitude development, fitness improvement and strict discipline.
What Does the Program Look Like?
The full-time academy starts at the beginning of each semester and runs for 16 weeks (including some holidays). Class starts each day at 7 a.m. and can last until 6 p.m.
Full-time Academy Schedule
Format and Standards
The student must follow strict "military type" standards throughout the academy. These standards have been set and agreed to by the college and the participating fire departments. The student must agree to follow the standards prior to starting the academy and failure to maintain these standards may result in dismissal from the program.
Download: Cadet Training Manual
- Maintain an 80% or above academic average
- Master and pass all required components
- Treat all instructors, fire department personnel, and fellow students in accordance with academy standards
- Not misrepresent the academy by poor off-duty conduct
- Maintain professional hygiene and appearance
- Hair Length
Men- Above the collar, neatly cut and trimmed
Women- Maintained above the collar, can be tied or braided
- No jewelry (except wedding rings)
- Uniform maintained, clean, pressed, shoes/boots shined
- Participate in all physical activities (unless excused)
- Meet fitness standards for each stage of the academy
- Maintain individual insurance as required by academy standards
The total cost for the academy is between $4,000.00 and $5,000.00. Financial aid and scholarships may be available through the college. Many students qualify for PELL grants.
Following is the approximate cost breakdown:
Cost for 22 credits at current per credit fee
Applicant Fee = $10.00 (TMCC)
Lab Fees = $400.00
Uniforms = $150.00 (prices are specific to Uniformity of Nevada and are subject to change)
Books = $150.00
Other Equipment = $75.00
Personal Protective Gear = Turnouts and SCBA (air pack) may be rented from the academy. Turnouts, $550.00; SCBA $150.00
All costs are for in-state students; Please see this link for fees and out of state/good neighbor charges. The academy program qualifies for the Millennium Scholarship.
- Successfully complete Introduction to Fire Protection (FT 101) OR Entry Level Firefighter (FT 102 with a grade of C or better). We may accept fire department experience or related courses from other colleges.
- Optional, but not required, is the FS 150 Physical Fitness and Nutrition for Fire Service class (highly recommended).
- Successfully complete EMT-Basic (EMS 108) as a minimum.
- Classes available at TMCC, view course prerequisites.
- Obtain a physical exam and meet academy standards
- Pass a physical ability test. You can prepare by:
- Being able to run a 10 min mile
- Doing 20 push-ups and 50 sit-ups
- Developing Upper Body Strength
- The physical ability consists of fire related performances, such as pulling hose, crawling through obstacles, lifting ladders, etc.
- Complete a formal Oral Interview
How to Apply
Submit an academy application by June 15 to the fire science technology office. You must also be enrolled at TMCC. This may be done on-line for a $10.00 one-time application fee.
- Application deadline date for fall semester is June 15. Application deadline date for spring semester is October 15.
- Students will be notified of academy start dates within their acceptance letter. Start dates are usually the week prior to the start of the regular academic semester.
Orientation: An academy orientation is mandatory. Students will be notified within acceptance letter and is before regular classes begin.
Letters/emails detailing testing dates and requirements will be sent to you in approximately two weeks of the application deadline.
If you have additional questions, please contact us.
Note: Due to the high mental and physical demand of this career some accommodations that can be made in the classroom may not transfer to employment. Qualified, self-identified students with documented disabilities have the right to free accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at Truckee Meadows Community College. For assistance, contact TMCC's Disability Resource Center.
TMCC is an EEO/AA (equal opportunity/affirmative action) institution and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation in the programs or activities which it operates.