Want to be a firefighter? Here’s how – for free

The Sacramento Fire Department is teaming with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee in accepting candidates for a free firefighter academy.

The tuition-free firefighter academy was announced Tuesday.

The Cal-JAC Academy will train and prepare candidates to be first responders. The course will cover physical testing, a written exam and EMT training, according to the academy’s website.

Applicants may apply to the program between Aug. 1 and Oct 1. Acceptance notifications will be sent the week of Nov. 13 and the training will be from Jan. 23 to June 30, 2018.

Applicants must demonstrate proof of “financial need,” as stated on the application. The application form also asks for a copy of a valid driver’s license and answers to some supplemental questions.

All graduating cadets are guaranteed an interview with the Sacramento Fire Department and a spot on the FCTC’s Statewide Eligibility List.

Candidates must be 18 or older by the start of training. To work at the Sacramento Fire Department, cadets are required to be 21 or older.