1. #1
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    2

    Default San Francisco H2 Firefighter Academy Question

    Hi All,

    I am trying to get some information about the H2 Firefighter Academy in January. I am hoping to get in touch with some recruits from recent academies or anyone who might have infor pertinent to the SFFD.

    I will be grateful for any and all information. Can you guys help me with some of the following questions?
    (I did a station visit but I only saw the firefighters briefly before they got a call)

    1. What is the PT (physical training) like?
    a. Is it more running or Crossfit or FF agility type of PT?
    b. If running- how many miles on average?

    2. Where is most of the academy held Treasure Island or Folsom+17th Facility?

    3. How tough is the testing and skillls? And how bad is their attrition/dropout rate? What do most people struggle with?

    4. What is the daily schedule like? And how many weeks is the academy?

    5. What training modules are taught in the academy (SCBA, ladders, hose, RIC, Auto Ex, HazMat, etc.)?

    6. I know they have wood ladders. What types and size wood ladders do they have and how stringent are you tested?

    7. How fast does the academy move? Meaning do you get a good amount of practice time with skills before you are tested or no?

    8. Is the academy more like a basic firefighter academy for guys with limited experience/no experience or more of a lateral academy where everyone has basically already been a full-time firefighter?

    9. Does City College Fire Academy follow SFFD's curriculum and if so, can anyone who has been to City College's Academy shed some light?

    10. Lastly I was moving from Southern California and contemplating living in Walnut Creek. How long does it take in traffic to get from Walnut Creek to San Francisco via the Freeway. Is there a better alternative to moving to Walnut Creek? I am trying to find a safe, pleasant area for my wife and I.

    Anyhow, I know these are alot of questions and some might even be silly.. however, thank you for any and all the help you can provide.

  2. #2
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    3,952

    Default

    do not know anything about sf, but have you read through this , may have some answers::


    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/t104209-25/ (San Francisco FD question.)

  3. #3
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    22

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CostaMesaFFCandidate27 View Post
    Hi All,

    I am trying to get some information about the H2 Firefighter Academy in January. I am hoping to get in touch with some recruits from recent academies or anyone who might have infor pertinent to the SFFD.

    I will be grateful for any and all information. Can you guys help me with some of the following questions?
    (I did a station visit but I only saw the firefighters briefly before they got a call)

    1. What is the PT (physical training) like?
    a. Is it more running or Crossfit or FF agility type of PT?
    b. If running- how many miles on average?

    2. Where is most of the academy held Treasure Island or Folsom+17th Facility?

    3. How tough is the testing and skillls? And how bad is their attrition/dropout rate? What do most people struggle with?

    4. What is the daily schedule like? And how many weeks is the academy?

    5. What training modules are taught in the academy (SCBA, ladders, hose, RIC, Auto Ex, HazMat, etc.)?

    6. I know they have wood ladders. What types and size wood ladders do they have and how stringent are you tested?

    7. How fast does the academy move? Meaning do you get a good amount of practice time with skills before you are tested or no?

    8. Is the academy more like a basic firefighter academy for guys with limited experience/no experience or more of a lateral academy where everyone has basically already been a full-time firefighter?

    9. Does City College Fire Academy follow SFFD's curriculum and if so, can anyone who has been to City College's Academy shed some light?

    10. Lastly I was moving from Southern California and contemplating living in Walnut Creek. How long does it take in traffic to get from Walnut Creek to San Francisco via the Freeway. Is there a better alternative to moving to Walnut Creek? I am trying to find a safe, pleasant area for my wife and I.

    Anyhow, I know these are alot of questions and some might even be silly.. however, thank you for any and all the help you can provide.

    Glad to help. However, I'm not a recruit but I know several and have had training staff tell me how it is.

    1. What is the PT (physical training) like?
    a. Is it more running or Crossfit or FF agility type of PT?
    Depends on who you have for PT that day.
    b. If running- how many miles on average?
    5 miles. Train running up hill with weights cause that's how they'll run you.

    2. Where is most of the academy held Treasure Island or Folsom+17th Facility?
    19TH and folsom and Treasure island.

    3. How tough is the testing and skillls? And how bad is their attrition/dropout rate? What do most people struggle with?
    Most academies are tough. You shouldn't think you can slack on anything. Just think with that mindset. I think around 3-5 people drop out per class. People struggle with Ladders and testing. Testing is ongoing.

    4. What is the daily schedule like? And how many weeks is the academy?
    17 weeks i believe. You can look it up on their website.

    5. What training modules are taught in the academy.
    Basic

    6. Testing is very crucial. They have a bunch of different ladders. You can just look online. 50 ext, 35ext, 24 straight, 22 straight...etc.

    7. They show you something twice and you can be tested on it.

    8. Some with and without any experience.

    9. CCSF teaches IFSTA/ some SFFD (just to share)...depending on the instructors. . SFFD teaches the SFFD way.

    10. Not long without traffic. 30 minutes. Depends on what time. With heavy traffic could take up to 1 1/2 hours. You can take bart too.

  4. #4
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    166

    Default

    All ca dept questions should do to californiafirefighter.com. Great site!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. San Francisco FD question.
    By SmokeEater316 in forum Hiring & Employment Discussion
    Replies: 495
    Last Post: 11-07-2014, 12:46 AM
  2. San Francisco H2 Firefighter Academy
    By CostaMesaFFCandidate27 in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-23-2013, 08:34 PM
  3. Visiting Firefighter in San Francisco
    By IrishEyes1 in forum The Off Duty Forums
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-19-2011, 01:35 PM
  4. Non LODD-San Francisco Firefighter John Voelker
    By superchef in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-08-2005, 11:44 PM
  5. San Francisco Fire Department Question
    By EricCSU in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-18-2004, 02:55 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register