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MVC's Fire Technology programs prepare students to perform the duties of fire fighters. This includes instruction in fire-fighting equipment operation and maintenance, principles of fire science and combustible substances, methods of controlling different types of fires, hazardous material handling and control, fire rescue procedures, public relations and applicable laws and regulation.

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Offered Courses and Programs

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MVC offers a Basic Firefighter Academy through the Ben Clark Training Center. Our 16-week, 21.5 college unit program provides students with a basic knowledge of fire service operations and to provide them with the entry-level skills required by most fire departments.

All college units earned through the Fire Academy may be applied to an associate degree. 

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This program prepares individuals for an entry-level career in the fire service by providing a foundation of core concepts, practices, vocabulary, culture, safety, and requirements for the fire service. This program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is a component of accreditation from the California State Fire Marshal.

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This program is a professional development program designed for experienced firefighters within the firefighting industry. Modeled after the California State Fire Marshal’s Company Officer and Chief Officer Certification Program, this program allows students to take courses to satisfy the certification requirements of the State Fire Marshal while simultaneously earning degree credit.

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MVC offers California Fire Fighter certification testing courses designed to prepare fire fighters to pass state certification tests. Currently, we offer certification testing for Fire Fighter 1 according to the curriculum set forth by Cal Fire's State Fire Training.
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MVC offers professional development courses offered in conjunction with the California State Fire Marshal's Office, National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), and the International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute (IPSLEI).
RivCo Workforce Development Board fully funds EMT training
Your EMT and firefighter training could be fully paid for. Reach out to the RivCo Workforce Development Center.

Sponsored Learning

Are you interested in a career as an EMT or firefighter?

Let the Riverside County Workforce Development Center's team of experienced personnel guide you along the path to finding your new career. RivCo's Workforce Development Center can assist qualified Moreno Valley residents with tuition and other expenses such as uniforms and books. That's right, they'll sponsor you!

To become a sponsored learner, call to apply at (951) 791-3504 or email

Contact Us

We are here to help! Contact the Fire Technology program for assistance enrolling in the Fire Academy, enrolling in State Fire Training courses, and more. Plus, MVC students can request career and academic counseling through your engagement center.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

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Program Information


Ben Clark Training Center Has a Dress Code

Appropriate dress for class is required. It is the student's responsibility to maintain a clean, neat and professional appearance. Some courses may require the wearing of uniforms or special attire. Course coordinators and/or course announcements may specify either a style or type of dress for a specific course.

Students who do not comply with the dress code may be asked to leave the premises.

Appropriate Dress

  • Issued department uniform
  • For Males: Casual business slacks and shirt with collar
  • For Females: Casual business slacks or business dress and shirt/blouse with collar

Unacceptable Dress

  • Shorts
  • Open-toes shoes such as flip-flops
  • Any shirt/blouse without a collar, including t-shirts, cutoffs, tank tops or halter tops
  • Clothing which is inappropriately worn, stained, soiled or un-pressed
  • Clothing or decoration which expresses an attitude or opinion contrary to the public safety codes of ethics
  • Students may not wear hats inside any facility except as specifically required by the course they are attending

Prices are subject to change.

Dorms at Ben Clark Training Center: Riverside County Fire Department

  • Amanda Barraza at (951) 571-8612
    Rate of $34 per night
    Includes free WiFi access, laundry services, and no charge on weekends

Hampton Inn & Suites in Moreno Valley (15 minutes)

  • (951) 571-7788
    State Rate of $84 per night

Courtyard Marriott in Riverside (15 minutes)

  • Make sure you tell them the University location
    (951) 276-1200
    State rate of $84 per night

Best Western in Moreno Valley (15 minutes)

  • (951) 924-4546
    State rate of $74 per night

Ayres Hotel & Space in Moreno Valley

  • (951) 571-4141
    Inquire about available discounts for Moreno Valley College

Hotel XOLA by Wyndham (15 Minutes)

  • (951) 243-0075
    State rates apply

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