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Fire Technology Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 30
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Term Effective: Fall 2018


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.

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. 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.
  2. Analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and firefighter safety.
  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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Fire Technology Certificate program are:

  • Complete 30 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 and Emergency Services Safety-Survival3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
EMC 100Emergency Medical Responder2.00
EMC 103Emergency Medical Technician Basic5.50
FIRE 61Fire Investigation3.00
FIRE 77Hazardous Materials for Public Safety3.00
FIRE 206CAL FIRE Wildland Firefighter Academy1.33
FIRE 208Introduction to Firefighter I Academy1.50
FIRE 208.1Firefighter I Academy15.00
FIRE 208.5Firefighter II Capstone Training0.50
FIRE 212Rescue Systems 11.00
FIRE 219S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior0.50
FIRE 241Driver Operator 1A1.50
FIRE 258Fire Apparatus 1B, Pumping Apparatus Operations1.00
FIRE 270.1All Risk Command Operations for Company Officers1.00
FIRE 270.2Wildland Incident Operations for Company Officers1.00
FIRE 270.3Hazardous Materials Incident Commander2.00
FIRE 271.1Human Resource Management for Company Officers1.00
FIRE 271.2Fire Administration for Company Officers1.00
FIRE 272Fire Inspections and Investigations for Company Officers1.00
FIRE 273.1Fire Service Instructor 11.00
FIRE 273.2Fire Service Instructor 2 Instructional Development1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

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: Fall 2019

Previous Versions:

Fire Technology - effective Fall 2017
Fire Technology - effective Fall 2016
Fire Technology - effective Fall 2015
Fire Technology - effective Spring 2014
Fire Technology - effective Spring 2013
Fire Technology - effective Summer 2012
Fire Technology - effective Fall 2011
Fire Technology - effective Spring 2011
Fire Technology - effective Fall 2010
Fire Technology - effective Fall 1981

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, FIRE 208 and EMC 100 are prerequisites for the Firefighter 1 Academy (FIRE 208.1). 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.

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