After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles County Fire Department hosted its sixth Women’s Fire Prep Academy (WFPA) Opening Day on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
On the first day, participants are provided an opportunity to compete on-site for a coveted spot in the upcoming Academy.
Day one of the WFPA included candidates performing a beep test (shuttle run), planks, push-ups, and a series of firefighter drills. At the end of the day, 96 out of 115 applicants qualified for this year’s WFPA.
The WFPA provides a hands-on, interactive training prep course that will commence over six consecutive Saturdays at the Department’s Cecil R. Gehr Memorial Combat Training Center in East Los Angeles.
Open to all who are 18 years of age and older, the WFPA mentally and physically trains participants to become well-equipped firefighters and offers a resourceful learning experience.
Program instruction is led by Fire Captain Sara Rathbun and a cadre of professional firefighters representing some of the most experienced personnel from all rank and divisions in the Department.