The Fire Instruction Recruitment and Education Program (F.I.R.E.) were initially developed at Roosevelt High School by members of the Department who recognized the need to expose high school students to the field of firefighting. Valley College also recognized the need and was the first college to offer this opportunity to high school students. The F.I.R.E. program has grown to include four High School Fire Academies, including areas in East Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, San Pedro and the Valley. Each Academy meets on 7 to 8 consecutive Saturdays for six hours. Each session will culminate with an examination on material covered during that session's lecture, practical hands on and discipline. Students entering the program for the first time will be assigned to the beginning class which covers basic engine company operation and equipment. Returning students will be assigned to the advanced class and instructed on basic truck company operations, as well as familiarization with truck tools and equipment. The F.I.R.E. program provides a catalyst in the introduction to firefighting as a career option. The next step in the learning process is the Fire Cadet Program. For more information call 213.893.9899. Next program to resume in SPRING 2018. Sign up list will be available Jan. 2018.

Programs are offered in the Spring and Fall at the following locations:

DT 81 Panorama City - Valley Youth Academy
14355 Arminta St,
Panorama City, CA 91402

FHMTC - Metro and East LA Youth Academies
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

DT 40 - Harbor Youth Academy
330 Ferry Street
Los Angeles, CA 90731