Fire Technology Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 30.0

Term Effective: Summer 2012

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.

Term Inactive: Spring 2013

Previous Versions:

Fire Technology - effective Fall 2011
Fire Technology - effective Spring 2011
Fire Technology - effective Fall 2010
Fire Technology - effective Fall 1981


The Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement provides practical and technical instruction to meet the requirements of various fire service agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. This is accomplished by training in fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, arson investigation, emergency medical services, heavy rescue, and hazardous materials management.

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.

Students who have completed the Firefighter I Completion Certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement. For students interested in an Associate degree, a Fire Technology major is also available. More information on the Fire Technology program can be found on the Public Safety Department website.

The program also prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution in order to pursue a career as a fire marshall, fire investigator, and other positions on the county, state, or federal level.

Most job growth will occur as volunteer firefighting positions are converted to paid positions. In addition to job growth, openings are expected to result from the need to replace firefighters who 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 may be required for employment.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify minimum qualifications and entry level skills for firefighter hiring. The student will be able to describe the following elements: application process, written exam process, physical agility exam, oral interview, chief’s interview, background investigation and the firefighter;
  2. demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and firefighter safety including: size-up, report on conditions, the Incident Command System, RECEO, the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders, the 18 Situations that shout “Watch Out”, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and the common factors associated with injuries and line of duty deaths;
  3. 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;
  4. 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;
  5. identify and describe the equipment and apparatus used in the fire service and the maintenance of said equipment and apparatus;
  6. identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety; and
  7. differentiate between fire detection and alarm systems and identify common health and safety concerns of firefighters and first responders.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Fire Technology program are:

  • Complete 30.0 units from
    • Fire Technology Requirements

Fire Technology Requirements - complete 30.00 units
FIRE 71Fire Protection Organization3.00
FIRE 72Fire Behavior and Combustion3.00
FIRE 73Fire Prevention Technology3.00
FIRE 74Fire Protection Equipment and Systems3.00
FIRE 76Building Construction for Fire Protection3.00
FIRE 78Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety and Survival3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
EMC 100Emergency Care for First Responders2.00
EMC 104Emergency Medical Technician Basic5.00
FIRE 56Fire Hydraulics3.00
FIRE 61Fire Investigation3.00
FIRE 77Hazardous Materials for Public Safety3.00
FIRE 200.1Training Instructor 1A2.00
FIRE 200.2Training Instructor 1B2.00
FIRE 200.3Training Instructor 1C Instructional Development Techniques2.00
FIRE 203Fire Management 12.00
FIRE 204AFire Command 1A1.50
FIRE 204BFire Command 1B1.50
FIRE 204CFire Command 1C2.00
FIRE 206CDF Wildland Firefighter Academy3.00
FIRE 208Introduction to Firefighter I Academy1.50
FIRE 208.1Firefighter I Academy12.00
FIRE 212Rescue Systems 11.00
FIRE 241Driver Operator 1A1.50
FIRE 258Driver Operator 1B2.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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 is a prerequisite to FIRE 208.1.

All courses taken in conjunction with this program must be completed with a letter grade of C or better.

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