Rio Hondo Regional Fire Training Center
Phone: (562) 941-4082 Fax: (562) 941-7382
Rio Hondo College is the #2 ranked Community College
in California in providing degrees in Homeland Security,
Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services
- Based upon reports by Community College Weekly, 2014
The Fire Technology Department at Rio Hondo College offers a California State Fire Marshal
Accredited Firefighter 1 Academy, Wildland Fire Academy (with a Type II Hand-crew tied to the Angeles National Forest), and a Los Angeles County approved Emergency Medical Technician Program.
Rio Hondo College also offers the California State Fire Marshal Certification Track courses and provides a Regional "Truck Company Operations" Academy.
The Homeland Security/Regional Fire Training Site provides training to local area Fire Departments and law enforcement personnel, which includes:
- Confined Space Rescue
- Trench Rescue
- Rescue Systems
- Search Dog Training
- Hazardous Materials Response
We have a full service training site and welcome public and private organizations to use this facility to meet their training needs. For additional information, please contact us.
Class 94 Graduation - July 9, 2020
The Río Hondo Fire Academy for the first time in its 51 years held a private graduation ceremony
for its 36 firefighters due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was held with only the Dean
of Public Safety, Mark Yokoyama; Fire Academy Director, Andrew Grzywa; six Instructors, and the support staff in attendance along with the cadets.
Class 94’s motto has been “The First of Its Kind”. During this pandemic, they are the first cadets to learn online and to practice social distancing while learning the skills on how to be firefighters.
Training, Courses and Updates
Rio Hondo Fire Academy "In The News"
Whittier Daily News: Rio Hondo students get hands-on Emergency Training
Whittier Daily News: Rio Hondo College pays $5.5 million for previously leased land at training center
Whittier Daily News: Rio Hondo Fire Academy trains local and national firefighters
Whittier Daily News: Rio Hondo College students put to test in emergency scenario
Rio Hondo College Press Release: Fire Academy Graduation 2014
Whittier Daily News: Rio Hondo College Wildland Firefighting Academy Grads Ready for Duty
Whittier Daily News: Homeland Security Center Opens in Santa Fe Springs
Whittier Daily News: Homeland Security Center in Santa Fe Springs gets Certified
Whittier Daily News: Rio Hondo College Fire Academy Passes Inspection
Meet one of our own: Cadet Spencer Nail who became
a firefighter after being rescued by one as a child
Fox Sports West - Published Feb. 18, 2018
An off-duty firefighter helped bring Spencer's life back to him
after a car accident. This traumatic event helped shape Spencer
into the man he is today. Because of his experience, he became
a firefighter and wanted to follow in his hero's footsteps. The
two shared a special evening at an Anaheim Ducks game.
David Gacad receives his badge from Chevron FD as Chief Beckman pins it on him ...