Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the RFTC and MJC campuses is restricted to students with in-person labs and essential personnel only. RFTC staff is working remotely to serve our students and our community. To reach us, email us at rftc@yosemite.edu or call (209) 548-5706 so that we may assist you.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.


RFTC Pirate Circle Welcome


The MJC Regional Fire Training Center operates under a unique partnership between the Yosemite Community College District (Modesto Junior College), The City of Modesto (Modesto Fire Department), and the County of Stanislaus (Stanislaus County Fire Districts).

Located at 1220 Fire Science Lane, across Carpenter from Modesto Junior College's West Campus. the MJC Regional Fire Training Center is a state of the art fire training facility designed to give realistic training to pre-service and in-service firefighters for a network of Fire Agencies Partners located in Stanislaus & San Joaquin County.

The Center was constructed at a cost of 5.4 million dollars. The center includes many important features that would not have been possible if not for the partnership approach, and many unique challenges have been overcome to make this center a reality. The Modesto Junior College Fire Science curriculum prepares the student for a career in the fire service. The program is designed to teach students about the organization and operation of the fire service, proper use of fire equipment, tactics and strategies of firefighting, specialized job skills and management techniques.


This committee is made up of members who are either internal and/or external to the Fire and Emergency Services industry and consists of qualified, knowledgeable members who are intrinsically motivated. Members represent the following areas:

  • RFTC site user agreement representatives
  • RFTC Fire & EMS instructors
  • Related industry representatives
  • Regional representation
  • Member at large

This advisory committee has no binding authority, but to generally approach its advisory role by reviewing certain operational efforts, discuss them, and propose possible solutions and recommendations. This committee meets twice a year, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester.

Previous Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2020

March 18, 2021

History Behind the Regional Fire Training Center (RFTC)





The Fall 2021 Fire Academy will begin on August 14, 2021. The application period is now open!

The application deadline is is June 30, 2021 by 5pm. Application submission is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (209) 548-5706 or email us at rftc@yosemite.edu. Appointments are available on a first come first serve basis, so please don't delay.

Minimum Requirements to Apply to the Fire Academy:

  • FSCI 301 or FTECH 301
  • EMS 350
  • CPR Healthcare Provider Card
  • CPAT Card

2018 Satallite Funding Application

What is a  Fire Science Degree? - FSONLINE 

California Fire Fighter Salaries


Regional Fire Training Center Staff

Ron Cripe
Regional Fire Training Center

 Liza Vázquez
Administrative Specialist
vazquezl@mjc.edu(209) 548-5708

Daniel Mila
Facilities Technician
(209) 548-5702