The Fire Technology field will count toward a certificate or Associate of Science Degree. These courses are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution, gain employment in the fire service, or as a refresher for those individuals currently employed in any area of the fire service. The approved list of courses includes those that meet the National Fire Academy Fire & Emergency Service Higher Education (FESHE) core curriculum requirements and include those accredited by the California Fire Service Training and Educational System for State Board of Fire technology certification.
Upon completing this program, students will be able to: identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for firefighter hiring. The student will describe the following elements: application process, written exam process, physical agility exam, oral interview, chief’s interview, background investigation, and firefighter probationary process. Students will identify fire service history, culture and diversity; demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and fire fighter safety including Size-up, report on conditions, Incident Command System; RECEO; 10 Standard Firefighting Orders; 18 Situations that Shout “Watch Out”; and common factors associated with injuries and line of duty deaths; identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances, and firefighter health and safety; analyze the causes of fire, determine to extinguishagents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer; the student will be able to calculate fl ow requirements for fire apparatus, diagram a pump and plumbing schematic for fire apparatus, and apply mathematics formula to hydraulics problems; identify and describe the apparatus used in the fire service, and the equipment and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipmen; identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety; differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems; design and diagram a wet and dry fire protection system and identify alarm system components and their operations.