Fire Technology AS Degree (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 of Science in Fire Technology (employment preparation) 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.

Required CoursesUnits
FIRE 001Principles of Emergency Services3
Principles of Emergency Services 1A
and Principles of Emergency Services 1B
FIRE 002Fire Prevention3
FIRE 003Fire Protection Systems3
FIRE 004Building Construction for Fire Protection3
FIRE 005Fire Behavior & Combustion3
FIRE 007Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival3
Select 22 units from the following (with Advisor approval):22
Hazardous Materials/ICS
Firefighting Strategies & Tactics
Wildland Fire Technology
Fire Technology Work Experience (Maximum of 3 units may be used for work experience)
Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 1)
Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 2)
Confined Space - Awareness
Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness Level
Low Angle Rescue Operational
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: Pumping Apparatus Ops
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
Required Subtotal18
Elective Subtotal22
COD General Education Pattern18
Kinesiology Activities2