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Wildland Fire Academy Program

Wildland Fire Academy Program

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Wildland Fire Academy

The Rio Hondo College Wildland Fire Academy trains cadets who are interested in a career in the Fire Service. Our Alumni are working all across the United States with private, local, state and federal fire agencies such as the US Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Orange County Fire Authority, City of Los Angeles Fire Department and Grayback Forestry.

The Wildland Fire Academey is an 11-week program wherein cadets receive training on:

  • Basic Wildland Fire Orientation (S-110)
  • Basic Wildand Fire Fighter Training (S-130)
  • Firefighter Type 1 (S-131)
  • Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes, and Safety Zones (S-134)
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)
  • Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211)
  • Basic Air Operations (S-270)
  • Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180)
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational / Awareness
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations (LARRO)
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • CPR/AED & First Aid

The Rio Hondo Roadrunners are a Type II hand crew formed as a joint venture between the US Forest Service and Rio Hondo College. The crew is dispatched by the Angeles National Forest, located North of Los Angeles, California. The crew is staffed by the graduates of the Rio Hondo College Wildland Fire Academy.