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.
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.