Associate of Science 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.
|FIRE 001||Principles Of Emergency Services||3|
|FIRE 002||Fire Prevention||3|
|FIRE 003||Fire Protection Systems||3|
|FIRE 004||Building Construction for Fire Protection||3|
|FIRE 005||Fire Behavior & Combustion||3|
|FIRE 007||Principles Of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival||3|
|Select 22 units from the following (with Advisor approval):||22|
|Firefighting Strategies & Tactics|
|Wildland Fire Technology|
|Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 1)|
|Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 2)|
|Confined Space - Awareness|
|Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level|
|Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin & Cause Determination|
|Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques Of Fire Investigation|
|I-200: Basic ICS|
|I-300: Intermediate ICS|
|I-400: Advanced ICS|
|Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A: Emergency Vehicle Ops|
|Fire Apparatus Driver-Operator 1B: Pump Operations|
|Company Officer 2A: Human Resource Management|
|Company Officer 2B: General Administration Functions|
|Company Officer 2C: Fire Inspections and Investigations|
|Company Officer 2D: All Risk Command Operations|
|Company Officer 2E: Wildland Incident Operations|
|Instructor 1: Instructor Methodology|
|Fire Inspector 1A: Duties and Administration|
|Fire Inspector 1B: Fire and Life Safety|
|Fire Inspector 1C: Field Inspection|
|Fire Inspector 1D: Field Inspection- California Specific|
|Building II & Fire Codes|
|Emergency Medical Responder|
|Emergency Medical Technician I|
|COD General Education Pattern||18|