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 from various Fire Agencies within the Region.  Their task is to review and advise the RFTC Director regarding classes and programs offered to students and firefighters, identification of potential instructors and other curriculum needs, and the use and scheduling of the Training Center.  Some of these committee member are appointed by the Stanislaus County Fire Chiefs Association with the objective of achieving a balance of fire departments with different training requirements.  Others are appointed to achieve a balance of Modesto Junior College, the region served, and the general fire service interests.

Previous Meeting Minutes

November 29, 2017

October 25, 2017

February 21, 2018

May 16, 2018

History Behind the Regional Fire Training Center (RFTC)





The Spring 2021 Fire Academy began on January 11, 2021.

The application period has closed. Please check back for the Fall 2021 Fire Academy application period.

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
(209) 548-5708

Daniel Mila
Facilities Technician
(209) 548-5702