The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
This Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement prepares individuals for an entry level career in the fire service by providing a foundation of core concepts, practices,
vocabulary, culture, safety and requirements for the fire service. The program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model from the
national Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is a component of accreditation from the State Fire Marshal.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The Fire Technology program is accredited as a regional fire academy by the Office of the State Fire Marshall and the State Board of Fire Services.
For students interested in an Associate degree, a Fire Technology major is also available.
Most job growth will occur as a result of the need to replace firefighters who promote, retire, stop working for other reasons, or transfer to other occupations. The fire academy reviews and administers a physical agility test. A valid Class C and/or B driver's license and possession of EMT certification may be required for employment.
- Describe all elements of the fire service including: fire service history, culture and diversity; minimum qualifications and entry level skills; and all elements
of the application, hiring and probationary process.
- Analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and firefighter safety.
- 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 extinguishing agents and methods; differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer;
- Identify and describe the equipment and apparatus used in the fire service and the maintenance of said equipment and apparatus;
- Identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety; and
- Differentiate between fire detection and alarm systems and identify common health and safety concerns of firefighters and first responders.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.
FIRE 71, FIRE 208 and EMC 100 are prerequisites for the Firefighter 1 Academy (FIRE 290). The Firefighter 1 Academy administers and reviews a physical agility test.
All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a letter grade of C or better.