Becoming an LAFD Firefighter takes P.R.I.D.E.
Professionalism- the foundation of our general culture and guided by our commitment to public relations and external communications initiatives, ensuring an enhanced interaction with the community we are honored to serve.
eadiness- demonstrated by our training, technology, physical resources, and our commitment to continuous improvement.
ntegrity- demonstrated by doing the right thing on and off duty for the benefit of our department and the community.
edication- the improvement of the community and the safety and well-being of our fellow team members.
xcellence- is at the heart of our individual and department goals, recognizing that we are entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community.
Recruits in the LAFD Firefighter Academy take part in manipulative and technical training in basic concepts of fire department organization, ropes, knots and hitches, hose and hose handling, ladder evolutions, wildland fires, fire investigation, fire prevention, salvage operations, fire department apparatus, tools and equipment, breathing apparatus, extinguishers, personal protective equipment, communications, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and Emergency Medical Services.
LAFD firefighter candidates should be physically prepared for the demands of the job as a firefighter.
At the Academy, Recruits participate in a Physical Fitness Training Program designed to educate, inspire and train Recruits to achieve and maintain an appropriate level of health and fitness for a long and fruitful career in the fire service and throughout their personal life.
A fire academy works on a 4x10 schedule, working 10-hour days four days per week with three-day weekends. Recruits will also work overnight shifts to prepare them for the 48/96 shift schedule.
LAFD Recruits will participate in a minimum of 1,200 hours of fire training within the various disciplines. Your daily routine will include physical fitness, lecture, hands-on training, evaluations, and testing.
As future members of the LAFD, recruits will be held to extremely high ethical, moral, and community standards as they progress through the Academy and throughout their careers. The Fire Academy is the first step in your journey as an LAFD firefighter. Our program will not only prepare you physically, it will also give you the knowledge, skills and abilities you will need to make yourself a community asset.