Rio Hondo Fire Academy

Commited to your success

Rio Hondo Regional Fire Training Center

     11400 Greenstone Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA  90670

           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 AcademyWildland 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 3
6 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"


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 ...