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​Fire Technology

Fire Technology is the study of the organization and function of fire prevention and suppression techniques; fire behavior, combustible materials, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic material; fire protection techniques and systems; fire command and fire management (supervision).
 
Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate and/or baccalaureate degrees in fire technology or fire service commonly include firefighter, fire engineer, paramedic, forest service worker, health and safety officer, fire prevention specialist, fire inspector, and hazardous materials specialist.
 
College of the Desert's fire technology curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as specific courses in design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems; fire protection features in building design and construction; wildland​ fire behavior and fire line techniques; trench rescue, confined space awareness and automobile extraction.
 
The College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology and an Associate of Science degree. The certificate of achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment or advancement as an entry level firefighter. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an associate or baccalaureate degree in the field.
 
Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology have obtained positions as firefighter, firefighter/EMT and paramedic. Students earning an associate's degree in Fire Technology may pursue positions as a firefighter, paramedic or firefighter/EMT or may choose to continue their study in fire technology or fire service toward a bachelor's degree.
 
Advisor: Scott Ventura - asventura@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-636-7996 
      
    FIRE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
    ​Fire technology is the study of the organization and function of fire prevention and suppression techniques; fire behavior, combustible materials, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic material; fire protection techniques and systems; fire command and fire management (supervision).
    The certificate of achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment or advancement as an entry level firefighter. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an associate or baccalaureate degree in the field. 
    Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology have obtained positions as firefighter, firefighter/EMT and paramedic. 
    This 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 California State Fire Marshal.
    Dept. No. Title Units
    Required Courses:18 units
    FIRE 1 Principles Of Emergency Services 3
    FIRE 2 Fire Prevention 3
    FIRE 3 Fire Protection Systems 3
    FIRE 4 Building Construction For Fire Protection 3
    FIRE 5 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
    FIRE 7 Principles Of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival 3
    Required Subtotal 18
    Electives - Choose 4 units from the following (with Advisor approval):     
    ​FIRE ​6 ​Hazardous Materials/ICS ​​3.0
    ​FIRE 8​ Firefighting Strategies & Tactics​ 3.0
    FIRE 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3.0
    CSFM 70 Confined Space - Awareness 0.5
    ​​CSFM ​75 ​Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level ​0.5
    CSFM 77A Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin & Cause Determination​ 2.5
    CSFM 77B Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques of Fire Investigation 2.5
    CSFM 79B I-200: Basic ICS 1.0
    CSFM 79C I-300: Intermediate ICS 1.5
    CSFM 79D I-400: Advanced ICS 1.0
    CSFM ​83A Company Officer 2A: Human Resource Management 2.0
    ​CSFM ​83B Company Officer 2B: General Administration Functions 1.0
    CSFM 83C Company Officer 2C: Fire Inspections and Investigations 2.0
    CSFM 83D Company Officer 2D: All Risk Command Operations 2.0
    ​CSFM ​83E ​​Company Officer 2E: Wildland Incident Operations 2.0
    CSFM 84A Instructor 1: Instructor Methodology 2.0
    ​CSFM 85A Fire Inspector 1A: Duties and Administration 1.0
    ​CSFM ​85B ​Fire Inspector 1B: Fire and Life Safety ​1.0
    ​CSFM ​85C ​Fire Inspector 1C: Field Inspection ​1.0
    ​CSFM ​85D ​Fire Inspector 1D: Field Inspection-California Specific ​1.0
    ​BIT ​26 Building II & Fire Codes​ 3.0​​
    ​EMT 80​​ ​Emergency Medical Responder ​3.0
    ​EMT 84​ ​Emergency Medical Technician I ​6.0
    CERTIFICATE TOTAL 22
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A. S. DEGREE IN FIRE TECHNOLOGY 
(employment preparation)
Fire technology is the study of the organization and function of fire prevention and suppression techniques; fire behavior and combustion, fire chemistry, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic material; fire protection systems; fire command and fire management (supervision).
Career paths chosen by students pursuing an undergraduate and/or baccalaureate degree in fire technology commonly include firefighter, fire engineer, paramedic, forest service worker, health and safety officer, fire prevention specialist, fire inspector, fire investigator, fire protection engineer and hazardous materials specialist.
College of the Desert’s Fire Technology curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of fire service disciplines, as well as specific courses in fire suppression, fire tactics and strategy, fire prevention, design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, hazardous materials, fire protection building design and construction. In addition, Fire Service Training & Education Program (FSTEP) and California Fire Service Training & Education System (CFSTES) courses through the California State Fire Marshal's office are offered in this program.
College of the Desert is recognized by the California State Fire Marshal as an Accredited Regional Training Program offering a Firefighter 1 Basic Training Academy. The objective for this program is to develop teamwork, skills, attitudes and public service commitment necessary for employment in the fire service. Completion of this certificate satisfies the manipulative and academic training requirements as established by the California State Fire Marshal.  Additional information on this program is available on the Public Safety Academy's website.
Students earning an associate’s degree in Fire Technology may pursue positions as a firefighter, paramedic or firefighter/EMT or may choose to continue their study in fire technology or fire service toward a bachelor’s degree.
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:18 units
FIRE 1 Principles Of Emergency Services 3
FIRE 2 Fire Prevention 3
FIRE 3 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRE 4 Building Construction For Fire Protection 3
FIRE 5 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
FIRE 7 Principles Of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival 3
Required Subtotal 18
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Electives - Choose 22 units from the following (with Advisor approval):
​FIRE 6​ ​Hazardous Materials/ICS ​3.0
​FIRE ​8 ​Firefighting Strategies & Tactics​ ​​​​​​ ​3.0
FIRE 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3.0
​BFFA 63A​ Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 1) 9.75
​BFFA ​63B ​Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 2) 8.75
CSFM 70 Confined Space - Awareness 0.5
​CSFM ​75 ​Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level ​0.5
CSFM 77A Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin & Cause Determination 2.5
CSFM 77B Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques Of Fire Investigation 2.5
CSFM 79B I-200: Basic ICS 1.0
CSFM 79C I-300: Intermediate ICS 1.5
CSFM 79D I-400: Advanced ICS 1.0
CSFM 82A Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A: Emergency Vehicle Ops 2.0
CSFM 82B Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1B: Pump Operations 2.0
​​CSFM ​83A ​Company Officer 2A: Human Resource Management ​2.0
​CSFM ​83B ​Company Officer 2B: General Administration Functions ​1.0
​CSFM 83C Company Officer 2C: Fire Inspections and Investigations 2.0
​​CSFM ​83D ​Company Officer 2D: All Risk Command Operations​ ​2.0
​​CSFM ​83E ​Company Officer 2E: Wildland Incident Operations ​2.0
​​CSFM ​84A ​Instructor 1: Instructor Methodology ​2.0
​CSFM ​85A ​Fire Inspector 1A: Duties and Administration ​1.0
​CSFM ​85B ​Fire Inspector 1B: Fire and Life Safety ​​1.0
​CSFM ​85C ​Fire Inspector 1C: Field Inspection ​​1.0
​CSFM ​85D ​Fire Inspector 1D: Field Inspection- California Specific ​​1.0
​BIT 26​ ​Building II & Fire Codes​ ​3.0
​EMT ​80 ​Emergency Medical Responder ​3.0
​EMT ​84 ​Emergency Medical Tech I ​6.0
Required Subtotal 18
Electives (with Advisor approval) 22
General Education Requirements   2
Kinesiology Activities
DEGREE TOTAL 60
 
 
A. S. DEGREE IN FIRE TECHNOLOGY 
(transfer preparation)

Fire technology is the study of the organization and function of fire prevention and suppression techniques; fire behavior and combustion, fire chemistry, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic material; fire protection systems; fire command and fire management (supervision). Career paths chosen by students pursuing an undergraduate and/or baccalaureate degree in fire technology commonly include firefighter, fire engineer, paramedic, forest service worker, health and safety officer, fire prevention specialist, fire inspector, fire investigator, fire protection engineer and hazardous materials specialist. Students enrolled in this Fire Technology program will be able to transfer to California State University Los Angeles to pursue a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Fire Protection Administration and Technology.​ ​

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FIRE 1 Principles Of Emergency Services 3
FIRE 2 Fire Prevention 3
FIRE 3 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRE 4 Building Construction For Fire Protection 3
FIRE 5 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
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Electives - Select 6 units from the following:
​BIT 26​ Building II & Fire Codes​ ​3
​FIRE 6​ ​Hazardous Materials/ICS ​3
or  FIRE 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3
Required Subtotal 21
37-39
Kinesiology Activities   2
DEGREE TOTAL 60-62
 
CSU LA REQUIREMENTS:
Students are required to complete SOC-001, Introductory Sociology, SOC-003, Fundamentals of Statistics, and ENG-002, Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinking through Literature.