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Fire Academy
The Fire Technology division of BAY EMT is a collaborative effort that includes the essential support of Merritt College, Oakland FD and the Alameda County FD.  The advisory committee includes chiefs from Livermore/Pleasanton FD and Berkeley FD.

The Merritt College Firefighter I academy is accredited as recognized by the California State Fire Marshal's office.  The Fire Technology division of BAY EMT provides another level of education and valuable experiences for our students that will contribute to their success. The program philosophies of the fire academy are identical to the philosophies of the EMT program.

The academy cadre are a group of firefighters who have come together to create a program that will train inner-city youth to become firefighters.  The fire academy is designed to increase community awareness in our fire cadets while aiding in their personal growth.

We will develop professional firefighters utilizing the highest standard of training and quality education.

All applicants must show proof of the following prerequisites to be considered for enrollment in the fire academy: an EMT course completion certificate, completion of one (1) fire science technology course and all applicants must be able to pass a physical abilities test (or possess a valid CPAT card.)
Fire Academy Cadre
  • Sean Gascié, Academy Director
           Oakland FD, Captain

  • Solomon Tucker
           Oakland FD, Engineer

  • Javan Smith
           Oakland FD, Investigator

  • Keith Evans
           Oakland FD, Lieutenant

  • Zoraida Diaz,      
          Oakland FD, Battalion Chief

  • Manny Waston
         Oakland FD, Firefighter/Paramedic

  • Michael Hughes
          Oakland FD, Lieutenant

  • Aaron Brown
          Oakland FD, Engineer 

  • Wellington Jackson 
           Alameda Co. FD, Firefighter/Paramedic