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Fire and Forestry Services (FFS) Courses

FFS 299 Experimental Offering in Fire and Forestry Services

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


FFS 499 Experimental Offering in Fire and Forestry Services

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


FFS 1540 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)

  • Units:0.25
  • Hours:7 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:To enroll in this course (FFS 1540) the student must be an employee of a federal wildland fire fighting agency, which includes: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, the United States Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or a member of a local or state fire agency.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the first course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Topics include the fire triangle, topography, fuels, weather, and fire behavior. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Recognize how alignment of fuels, weather, and topography can increase the potential for extreme fire behavior.
  • Identify and discuss the three sides of the fire triangle.
  • Identify the environmental factors of fuels, weather, and topography that affect the start and spread of wildland fire.
  • Describe the contributing factors that indicate the potential for increased fire behavior that may compromise safety.

FFS 1541 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (S-290)

  • Units:1.75
  • Hours:32 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:To enroll in this course (FFS 1541) the student must 1) be an employee of a federal wildland fire fighting agency, which includes: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, the United States Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or a member of a local or state fire agency.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is designed to prepare the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Identify and describe the characteristics of fuels, weather, and topography that influence wildland fire behavior.
  • Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior, fireline tactics, and safety.
  • SLO #2: Describe the causes of extreme fire behavior conditions (long range spotting, crowning, and fire whirls) that develop due to weather, fuels, and/or topography.
  • Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.
  • SLO #3: Describe typical diurnal slope and valley wind patterns, and identify these temporal patterns on a topographic map.
  • Describe general winds around high pressure and low pressure systems.

Fire Technology (FT) Courses

FT 110 Fire Apparatus

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 130 or FT 300, or employment as a firefighter
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course covers various aspects of fire apparatus. Topics include design, typing, specifications, construction, performance capabilities, and maintenance. This course includes principles and techniques for maintaining and operating fire service pumping and other mobile apparatus. The course includes fire service equipment and apparatus troubleshooting; principles and techniques of preventive maintenance; construction and operation of fire service pumps and pump accessories; basic highway operating techniques for fire apparatus; fire apparatus specifications and testing procedures. Also included are warning devices and the utilization of apparatus in fire service emergencies. Effective utilization of equipment on the fireground will be the focus with emphasis on practical applications. Students will also become familiar with use of pumping charts and associated industry related materials for task proficiency.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and firefighter safety.
  • analyze fire case study scenarios and formulate solutions.
  • SLO 2: Synthesize and determine the appropriate use and flow requirement of hydraulic fire apparatus.
  • list and explain the principles of pumping operations.
  • SLO 3: Describe the appropriate uses and maintenance for apparatus and equipment used in the fire service.
  • compare and contrast the design characteristics of aerial ladder trucks.
  • describe operating principles of fully-hydraulic aerial, hydro-mechanical aerial, and manual-emergency operational procedures.
  • explain the types of fire ground scenarios in which elevating platform apparatus would be used.
  • describe types of platform apparatus; explain their comparative use under different kinds of conditions.
  • analyze the hazards associated with the use of fire apparatus under emergency conditions.
  • describe the use of specialized equipment such as fireboats, airport apparatus, etc.
  • describe the components and the importance of systems checks for the maintenance of fire apparatus.
  • prepare apparatus inspection records.
  • describe safety procedures and records to be kept for safe use of all fire apparatus.

FT 130 Fire Company Organization and Management

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:Company Officer is the preferred prerequisite, however, the minimum qualifications of Firefighter II in accordance with the State of California Office of the Fire Marshal may be accepted at the discretion of the instructor as this course meets Company Officer 2A instruction.
  • Advisory:FT 300 or employment as a firefighter.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

An in-depth review of the operation, organization and planning concepts of today's fire departments. Emphasizes the functions of management including budgeting, time management, delegation, motivation, and discipline. Explores concepts of continuous improvement, team-building, and principles of quality management, relative to fire service operations.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Comprehend the qualifications for entry level skills, the discipline and evaluation process, fire service structure, history, and culture for the field of fire technology.
  • describe a fire department's organizational structure.
  • analyze the relationships between and among segments of fire departments.
  • describe methods of departmental communications.
  • identify and describe the general functions of management.
  • compare various management styles and examine style outcomes and results.
  • describe the system of progressive discipline.
  • develop work flow plans.
  • explain the importance and procedure of evaluations.
  • compare and contract team-building strategies and explain the importance of team functions in the fire department.
  • describe the company's role in coordinating with other public/private agencies.
  • SLO 2: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations.
  • analyze the role of the company in area-wide emergencies.
  • describe the roles and responsibilities of the fire department in routine inspections.
  • describe proper care of department property and records.
  • compare and contrast methods for determining station location.
  • determine manning requirements, based on ISO and local factors.

FT 170 Fire Investigation

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300 or employment as a firefighter
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course focuses on determining causes of fires (accidental, suspicious and incendiary), the types of fires, related laws, an introduction to arson and incendiarism, recognizing and preserving evidence, the interviewing of witnesses and suspects, arrest and detention procedures, court procedures and giving court testimony.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations.
  • describe the proper arrest and detention procedures for adults and juveniles.
  • SLO 2: Analyze and determine the causes of fire, extinguishing agents, states of fire, fire development, and method of heat transfer.
  • diagnose the point of origin at a fire scene
  • recognize, protect, and preserve evidence of fire cause; in proper techniques relating to court testimony; in proper techniques for interviewing witnesses and suspects; in laws relating to fire investigation.
  • relate the responsibilities of determining the cause of fire to fire and police personnel.
  • describe the scientific method of fire investigation

FT 180 Rescue Practices

  • Units:3
  • Hours:38 hours LEC; 48 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300 or employment as a firefighter
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course focuses on the identification and management of rescue situations, such as proper utilization and awareness of equipment, tools, and techniques to handle various rescue situations. Topics include vehicle extrication, water rescue, vertical rescue, building collapse, radiation hazards, hazardous materials rescue, fire situations including rapid intervention awareness, and other emergency situations. A strong emphasis will be placed on practicum of rescuer efficiency to include pass/or fail evaluations of delivered material and each candidate is subject to meeting the criteria for successful certification set forth by the OFM.


Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and fire fighter safety.
  • develop an overall understanding of emergency rescue technicians.
  • develop an interest in the Rescue Service.
  • develop an understanding of specific rescue problems and procedures.
  • SLO 2: Describe techniques for dealing with various rescue situations and obtain a working knowledge of how to set-up emergency rescue equipment
  • describe confined space rescue operations
  • improvise treatments for common medical injuries, using minimal equipment
  • SLO 3: Identify next steps towards receiving technical rescue certifications applicable toward firefighter career enhancement and advanced mobility
  • SLO 4: Demonstrate the ability to employ any of the techniques and methods for using rope, webbing, hardware friction devices, litters in low angle rescue situations. Areas covered include rope and related equipment, anchor systems, safety lines, stretcher lashing and rigging, mechanical advantage systems, and single-line and two-line rescue systems.

FT 190 Fire Tactics and Strategy

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Advisory:FT 301, 302, 303, and 304; or employment as a firefighter.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides the study of fundamental principles of fire tactics and strategy under fireground conditions and procedures for effective development and application of pre-fire plans. Fire emergency problems are critically analyzed and definitive coping strategies are examined as it relates to staffing resources, equipment and extinguishing agents available during the emergency incident. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for the Strategy and Tactics Course. This course is also aligned with the State of California Fire Marshal "All Risk Command for Company Officers" (2D) certification track series.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Comprehend the qualifications for entry level skills, the discipline and evaluation process, fire service structure, history, and culture for the field of fire technology.
  • explain the primary functions of engine and truck companies.
  • describe methods for dealing with the personal stress accompanies fire command.
  • SLO 2: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations.
  • describe the goal of the nation's fire service.
  • identify common fireground safety practices, safety violations, and fire fighter injury rates.
  • SLO 3: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and fire fighter safety.
  • identify the essential data that should be gathered and recorded on pre-fire plans.
  • define "size-up" and describe the factors of size-up, which must be considered for control of an emergency situation.
  • identify and describe the seven strategic and tactical priorities.
  • describe tactical plans for rescue, exposure protection, confinement, extinguishments, overhaul, ventilation, and salvage.
  • identify the factors to consider when writing a report of conditions at an emergency scene.
  • describe the role and responsibilities of first-in officer at the scene of an emergency.
  • SLO 4: Analyze and determine the causes of fire, extinguishing agents, stages of fire, fire development, and methods of heat transfer.
  • identify the four components of the fire Tetrahedron and their relationship to the combustion process.
  • compare the four classes of fire and the process of fire behavior and growth.
  • identify the four levels of emergencies and provide examples.
  • identify the four leading causes of fire.
  • identify methods of heat transfer and describe fire spread within structures.
  • describe special circumstances to be considered in fireground operations.
  • SLO 5: Synthesize and determine the appropriate use and flow requirement of hydraulic fire apparatus.
  • describe and compare the general methods of water application to fireground situation and the manpower requirements necessary to deploy hose lines and develop fire streams.
  • determine the manpower requirements necessary to deploy hose lines and develop fire streams.
  • SLO 6: Describe the appropriate uses and maintenance for apparatus and equipment used in the fire service.
  • identify the six categories of extinguishing agents and provide examples of each.
  • compare the effectiveness of extinguishing agent type on the four classifications of fuel.
  • discuss the four variable factors that may affect basic positioning of apparatus in an emergency.
  • SLO 7: Evaluate the common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  • describe firefighting hazards and conditions associated with: remodeled structures, balloon construction, arch truss roofs, light weight construction, and poke-through construction.
  • evaluate the risks associated with discovering remodeled work done without appropriate local permitting.
  • identify the roles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS) as it relates to strategy and tactics;
  • demonstrate the various roles and responsibilities in ICS/NIMS

FT 210 Firefighter Academy for the Internship Program (Structure Module)

  • Units:9.5
  • Hours:99.25 hours LEC; 219.75 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better; Current EMT Certification in the State of California. BLS Provider or BLS for the Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association; or current American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer. CPR certification must remain current for the entire internship. The student must meet other Academy requirements including but not limited to; drug screening, background check, purchasing firefighting personal protective equipment, college GPA of 2.5, physical, physical ability test, respirator fit testing, valid California driver's license, be able to acquire a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card prior to the end of the academy. Students applying for FT 210 must pass a fire interview oral board to be accepted into the course.
  • Corequisite:FT 498; Students must complete the FEMA independent study courses: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 prior to being accepted into the course. These courses may be found online through FEMA's ICS Resource Center. These courses are free of charge and are self-paced online courses.(www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/trainingmaterials/)
  • Enrollment Limitation:All students must be enrolled in FT 498 to sign up for FT 210.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

FT 210 is the first of two modules (FT 211 is the second) of the Firefighter Academy to provide the techniques and skills to work effectively and safely within the fire environment as well as in the fire department. This Firefighter Academy is a partnership with CSD Fire Department. It is a State Certified Regional Fire Academy. Students that successfully complete this course along with FT 211 and the CRC/CSD Firefighter work experience program (FT 498) are allowed to apply for the State of California Fire Fighter I and II certification.
Topics include indoctrination into the fire service, general maintenance, apparatus and equipment operations, fire control, salvage, fire prevention and public education, fire and arson investigation, rapid intervention crew tactics, physical fitness/wellness, emergency care, and forcible entry. Students may be charged a lab fee for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the use of and maintenance of structural firefighter turnouts and equipment in this course. Students will also be responsible for purchasing other equipment, liability insurance and uniforms. Pass/no pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Understand the core values of the fire service and the duty to provide service to the public.
  • Describe the history, development, structure, organization, and responsibility of the fire service.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in public education procedures and instruction.
  • Understand and perform preventative maintenance to fire station, apparatus, and equipment.
  • Explain and apply the basic concept of fire control, fire and arson investigation, and fire communication systems.
  • SLO #2: Understand and apply national standards to firefighting techniques and operations.
  • Use fire department apparatus and tools within the scope of assignment.
  • Identify and demonstrate first responder responsibilities for handling medical emergencies.
  • Demonstrate firefighter rescue and survival skills.
  • Demonstrate fire suppression tactics and strategies.
  • SLO #3: Demonstrate professional values and standards for fire service personnel that the industry requires
  • Apply workplace rules and laws regarding harassment/discrimination policies and mandated reporting procedures.
  • Comprehend the need to maintain both physical and mental health fitness to work in the field of Fire Service.

FT 211 Firefighter Academy for the Internship Program (Haz Mat, Wildland, Confined Space Modules)

  • Units:3.75
  • Hours:57.05 hours LEC; 36.95 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:FT 210; Current EMT Certification in the State of California. BLS Provider or BLS for the Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association; or current American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer. CPR certification must remain current for the entire internship. The student must meet other Academy requirements including but not limited to; drug screening, background check, purchasing firefighting personal protective equipment, college GPA of 2.5, physical, physical ability test, respirator fit testing, valid California driver's license, be able to acquire a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card prior to the end of the academy.
  • Corequisite:FT 498
  • Enrollment Limitation:All students must be enrolled in FT 498 to sign up for FT 211.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

FT 211 is the second of two classes (FT 210 is the first) of the Firefighter Academy to provide the techniques and skills to work effectively and safely within the fire environment as well as in the fire department. This Firefighter Academy is a partnership with CSD Fire Department. It is a State Certified Regional Fire Academy. Students that successfully complete this course along with FT 210 and the CRC/CSD Firefighter work experience program (FT 498) are allowed to apply for the State of California Fire Fighter I and II certification.
Topics include indoctrination into the fire service, general maintenance, apparatus and equipment operations, fire control, salvage, fire prevention and public education, fire and arson investigation, rapid intervention crew tactics, physical fitness/wellness, emergency care, and forcible entry. Students may be charged a lab fee for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the use of and maintenance of structural firefighter turnouts and equipment in this course. Students will also be responsible for purchasing other equipment, liability insurance and uniforms. Pass/no pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Identify the role of awareness personnel at a hazardous materials/WMD incident.
  • Describe what hazardous substances are and the risks associated with them in an incident.
  • Understand the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
  • Ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency.
  • Determine the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center.
  • SLO #2: Describe the role of the wildland fire fighter as identified by NFPA 1051: Wildland Firefighting Personnel Professional Qualifications and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
  • Describe the types of wildland fires.
  • Describe the fire fighter's role within the local incident management system.
  • Describe basic safety roles and responsibilities of the wildland fire fighter.
  • Describe basic wildland fire behavior.
  • SLO #3: Define and recognize a confined space.
  • Recognize the space is large enough and configured so that an employee can enter and perform assigned work.
  • Describe the space that has limited or restricted means for entry or exit.
  • Identify a space that is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

FT 212 Basic Wildland Fire Academy

  • Units:4
  • Hours:64 hours LEC; 14 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:Students must complete the FEMA independent study courses: IS-100 and IS-700 previously or concurrently with the course. These courses may be found online through FEMA's ICS Resource Center. These courses are free of charge and are self-paced online courses. These FEMA courses must be completed before the completion of this course.(www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/trainingmaterials/)
  • Advisory:This course includes arduous physical conditioning including hiking with up to 45 pounds of weight and other strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is designed for students who want to gain certification as a wildland firefighter through the
National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG). This course provides training in hand crew formation, fireline construction, and the use of wildland fire equipment. Certification is included in Human Factors in the
Wildland Fire Service (NWCG L-180), Firefighter Training (NWCG S-130), Firefighter Type 1 (NWCG S-131),
Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (NWCG S-190), Portable Pumps and Water Use (NWCG S-211). Students learn about wildland fire crews (engine crews, hand crews, hotshot crews, helitack crews, and smokejumpers), wildland fire
behavior, wildland firefighter personal protective equipment, wildland firefighter safety, helicopter safety,
dozer safety, wildland fire pumps, and wildland fire tools. This course includes arduous physical conditioning including hiking with up to 45 pounds of weight and other strenuous outdoor activities. The academy exceeds the United States Forest Service (USFS) minimum training requirements for
an entry-level wildland firefighter for certification purposes.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Demonstrate the ability to construct a fire line to required standards using various methods, tools, equipment, and techniques.
  • Describe how to extinguish the fire with or without use of water.
  • Demonstrate how to strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fire line.
  • SLO #2: Define the appropriate information during fire suppression activities.
  • Incorporate and maintain open lines of communication with all appropriate fire suppression personnel.
  • Demonstrate the steps required to properly size up a fire situation and determine appropriate tactics.
  • SLO #3: Recognize how alignment of fuels, weather, and topography can increase the potential for extreme fire behavior.
  • Identify and discuss the three sides of the fire triangle.
  • Identify the environmental factors of fuels, weather, and topography that affect the start and spread of wildland fire.
  • SLO #4: Describe the relationship between situational awareness, observation, and communication.
  • Identify why firefighters have a responsibility to learn and improve their performance.

FT 295 Independent Studies in Fire Technology

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).
  • Discuss and outline a proposal of study (that can be accomplished within one semester term) with a supervising instructor qualified within the discipline.
  • Design an independent study (to be completed individually or by collaboration of a small group) to foster special knowledge, skills, and experience that are not available in any one regularly scheduled course.
  • Use information resources to gather discipline-specific information.
  • SLO #2: Utilize modes of analysis and critical thinking to apply theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study to significant problems and/or educational activities (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 3).
  • Analyze and apply the knowledge, skills and experience that are involved in the independent study to theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study.
  • Explain the importance of the major discipline of study in the broader picture of society.
  • SLO #3: Communicate a complex understanding of content matter of the major discipline of study (College Wide Outcome – Area 3).
  • Demonstrate competence in the skills essential to mastery of the major discipline of study that are necessary to accomplish the independent study.
  • SLO #4: Identify personal goals and pursue these goals effectively (College Wide Outcome – Area 4).
  • Utilize skills from the “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc., to accomplish the independent study within one semester term.

FT 299 Experimental Offering in Fire Technology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


FT 300 Fire Protection Organization

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID FIRE 100X
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides an introduction to fire protection and emergency services. Fire Protection Organization is recommended as the first course in the series of fire technology courses. Topics covered include: career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; philosophy and history of fire protection; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; an introduction to fire protection systems; and an introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for the Principles of Emergency Services.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Comprehend the qualifications for entry level skills, the discipline and evaluation process, fire service structure, history, and culture for the field of the fire service.
  • analyze and describe the differences between the certificate, two-year, four-year degree programs and state certification.
  • define the educational requirements, duties and information sources for various occupations in fire protection and explain the value of higher education to the professionalization of the fire service
  • SLO 2: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department and emergency operations.
  • list and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response service and illustrate how they interrelate
  • describe the effects of fire on the environment and the historical efforts made to protect society.
  • identify the major organizations that contribute to fire protection.
  • define and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services.
  • identify the various codes, standards, ordinances and regulations that affect fire protection.
  • Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including, code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems.
  • SLO 3: Analyze the basic components of fire; determine the causes of fire, extinguishing agents, stages of fire, fire development, and method of heat transfer.
  • describe firefighting strategy and tactics.
  • demonstrate the basic elements of firefighting safety and survival.
  • SLO 4: Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus along with its appropriate uses and maintenance.
  • summarize the basic components of fire as a chemical reaction, the major phases of fire and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  • examine the types of common fire department apparatus, equipment and personal safety equipment used for firefighting.
  • identify the various applications of computers in the fire service.
  • SLO 5: Define command structure utilized at all fire and emergency incidents.
  • define the role of national, State and local support organizations in the fire and emergency services
  • compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations
  • SLO 6: Recognize the components of career preparation and goal setting.
  • identify fire protection and emergency-service careers in both the public and private sector
  • describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to all fire and emergency services
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of basic culinary etiquette appropriate for shift work

FT 301 Fire Prevention Technology

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID FIRE 110X
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention, history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use and application of codes and standards, plans review, fire inspection practices with identification and correction of fire hazards, fire and life safety education, and fire investigation. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Fire Prevention.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Comprehend the qualifications for entry level skills, the discipline and evaluation process, fire service structure, history, philosophy of fire prevention.
  • define the national fire problem and role of fire prevention, its origin and history within the United States.
  • define all functions of a fire prevention bureau and explain the basic fire prevention functions of a fire department.
  • describe inspection practices and procedures and list opportunities in professional development for fire prevention personnel.
  • identify fire prevention organizations and associations.
  • Identify and describe the standards for professional qualifications for Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator.
  • SLO 2: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and fire fighter safety.
  • summarize the relationship between fire safety education and fire prevention.
  • describe the importance of report preparation and records management in fire prevention efforts.
  • identify the responsibility and authority for fire prevention inspections and related activities.
  • SLO 3: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations.
  • identify the plan review function of a fire prevention bureau.
  • define laws, rules,regulations, and codes and identify those relevant to fire prevention of the authority having jurisdiction

FT 302 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire detection and fire alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, fire protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection, as well as portable fire extinguishers. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Fire Protection Systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards, and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations at the national, state, and local level.
  • identify and describe various types and uses of fire protection systems.
  • explain the basic components of a fire alarm system
  • identify the different types of detectors and explain how they detect fire
  • discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems
  • SLO 2: Evaluate the common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  • explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures
  • compare smoke and fire movements in various types of construction and the relationship to systems and equipment.
  • SLO 3: Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system as it relates to fire protection, the basic elements including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants
  • synthesize and determine the appropriate use and flow requirement of hydraulic fire apparatus.
  • calculate water supply requirements, distribution system and testing for public and private fire protection and explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent.
  • identify the different types of non-water based fire suppression systems
  • analyze the application of hydraulic theory for fire protection.
  • identify the different types and components of a sprinkler, standpipe, and foam systems
  • examine the components and operation of automatic and special sprinkler systems.
  • examine the types of standpipe systems and water supply requirements.
  • review residential and commercial sprinkler legislation
  • SLO 4: Describe the appropriate uses and maintenance for apparatus and equipment used in the fire service
  • explain the operation and appropriate application for the different types of portable fire protection systems
  • examine types, classifications, and effectiveness ratings of fire extinguishers.
  • classify distribution, installation and test requirements for fire extinguishers
  • examine the types, components and operation of fire protection systems and equipment for special hazards.
  • compare detection, alarm and supervisory devices and systems.
  • compare heat and smoke control devices and hardware and describe the hazards of smoke
  • list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building.

FT 303 Building Construction for Fire Protection

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is the study of the components of building construction that relate to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations and operating at fires and other emergencies. The development and evolution of building and fire codes will be studied in relationship to past fires in residential, commercial land industrial occupancies.This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Building Construction for Fire Prevention.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and firefighter safety.
  • analyze safety concerns presented by the following loads: designed, wind, snow, concentrated, distributed, dead, alive, fire, static, impact, suspended, axial, eccentric and torsional.
  • apply consequences of fire exposure on compressive or tensile members composed of common building materials.
  • SLO 2: Identify various classifications of building construction and understand theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction
  • evaluate the common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  • evaluate fire stability for the following structural members: column, wall, arch, beam, truss.
  • define the key factors in fire performance of three common floors and four ceilings commonly found in wood and ordinary construction.
  • identify the key features of a wood frame building and their implications for fire stability.
  • identify the function of each principal structural component in typical building design
  • explain the different loads and stresses that are placed on a building and their interrelationships
  • describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy and tactics
  • classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code
  • define ordinary construction and factors in fire stability and fire spread.
  • analyze the hazards and tactical considerations associated with the various types of building construction along with indicators of collapse in ordinary construction.
  • apply the probable fire reaction of alterations, additions, vernacular construction, or faulty construction. detection systems, and spatial characteristics.
  • identify key factors that may be expected to lessen or increase the resistance of steel to stress and fire.
  • differentiate between fire resistance, flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each
  • identify key factors that increase or lessen concrete's resistance to stress and fire.
  • evaluate the implications for fire growth in modern building design by applying basic principles of fire growth analysis.
  • identify fire concerns related to interior finish.
  • evaluate the probable impact of the following factors on smoke spread within buildings, buoyancy, expansion, stack effect, wind, HVAC, smoke control systems, fire protection systems, detection systems, and spatial characteristics.
  • analyze features that may adversely affect effectiveness of safety of emergency operations in buildings under construction.
  • classify occupancy designations of the building code
  • identify the indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety
  • identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction

FT 304 Fire Behavior and Combustion

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides the student with theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled; an in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing agents and fire control techniques. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Fire Behavior and Combustion.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and fire fighter safety.
  • identify the fundamental theories of fire behavior and combustion
  • explain the basic laws differentiating matter and energy.
  • identify physical properties of the three states of matter
  • SLO 2: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations.
  • describe the Department of Transportation warning placards and labeling systems.
  • define the Department of Transportation Hazard Class System
  • SLO 3: Analyze and determine the causes of fire, extinguishing agents, stages of fire, fire development, and methods of heat transfer.
  • define basic terminology, definitions and terms associated with basic fire chemistry and the dynamics of fire
  • categorize the components of fire
  • examine some of the basic chemical symbols used in chemical formula writing.
  • explain the importance of the various physical properties of the three physical states of matter as it relates to the process of burning
  • examine how physical forces caused by fire can affect the changes in the physical states of matter.
  • discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel
  • SLO 4: Describe the appropriate uses and maintenance for apparatus and equipment used in the fire service.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent
  • differentiate the various types of extinguishing agents and identify various methods and techniques to the theory of fire extinguishment.
  • articulate other suppression agents and strategies

FT 305 Firefighter Safety and Survival

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

The course introduces the principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral changes throughout the emergency services profession. Emphasis is placed on occupational health and safety of firefighters as well as their personal and organizational accountability. Topics include safety, risk management, medical and fitness standards, industry standards relating to vehicle operation and road scene safety as well as firefighter fatality case studies and analysis. The course emphasizes best safety practices before, during, and after the emergency incident. This course meets the National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model for Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Define and describe the need for cultural and behavioral change within the emergency services relating to safety, incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
  • explain the need for enhancements of personal and organizational accountability for health and safety.
  • define how the concepts of risk management affect strategic and tactical decision-making.
  • SLO #2: Describe and evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act.
  • explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts.
  • SLO #3: Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development inclusive of qualifications, certifications, and re-certifications.
  • defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria for emergency services personnel throughout their careers.
  • explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection systems.
  • illustrate how technological advancements can produce higher levels of emergency services safety and survival.
  • explain the importance of investigating all near-misses, injuries and fatalities.
  • SLO #4: Discuss how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change throughout the emergency services.
  • describe how obtaining grants can support safety and survival initiatives.
  • formulate an awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near-misses, injuries and deaths.
  • SLO #5: Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes.
  • recognize the need for counseling and psychological support for emergency services personnel, their families, as well as, identify access to local resources and services.
  • describe the importance of public education as a critical component of life safety programs.
  • discuss the importance of fire sprinklers and code enforcement.
  • explain the importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment.

FT 320 Hazardous Materials

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:FT 300, 301, 302, 303, and 304
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides a study of the fire fighting practices related to hazardous chemicals, including their physical properties, uses in industry, and characteristics when involved in spills, fires, and accidents. Basic information regarding health effects and treatment, and fire department protocols and responsibilities.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire incidents and components of emergency management and fire fighter safety.
  • evaluate the various Dept. of Transportation Hazard classes.
  • evaluate the United Nations Placarding and Labeling System.
  • examine the basic physical properties and burning characteristics of the various classes of hazardous materials.
  • SLO 2: Comprehend laws, regulations, codes, standards, and the regulatory and advisory organizations that influence fire department operations.
  • compare the safety considerations encumbered by the fire department to ensure compliance with State and Federal guidelines.
  • describe the legislature and legal authority controlling the actions of all activities conducted on scene by all agencies involved.
  • SLO 3: Analyze and determine the causes of fire, extinguishing agents, stages of fire, fire development, and methods of heat transfer.
  • explain the need for scene isolation, scene stabilization, and incident control.
  • compare various acceptable methods of incident control measures depending upon the dangers of the chemicals.
  • describe the importance of evacuation, noncommitment by the fire department, and total withdrawal procedures.
  • analyze the effects of such modifying conditions as wind, temperature, and other weather and terrain-related factors in dealing with a hazardous material spill.
  • explain the health dangers of chemical classes, and describe their resultant symptoms during physical human contact.
  • SLO 4: Evaluate fire detection and fire suppression systems.
  • analyze hazardous materials emergency case studies and develop management procedures and plans.

FT 495 Independent Studies in Fire Technology

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).
  • Discuss and outline a proposal of study (that can be accomplished within one semester term) with a supervising instructor qualified within the discipline.
  • Design an independent study (to be completed individually or by collaboration of a small group) to foster special knowledge, skills, and experience that are not available in any one regularly scheduled course.
  • Use information resources to gather discipline-specific information.
  • SLO #2: Utilize modes of analysis and critical thinking to apply theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study to significant problems and/or educational activities (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 3).
  • Analyze and apply the knowledge, skills and experience that are involved in the independent study to theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study.
  • Explain the importance of the major discipline of study in the broader picture of society.
  • SLO #3: Communicate a complex understanding of content matter of the major discipline of study (College Wide Outcome – Area 3).
  • Demonstrate competence in the skills essential to mastery of the major discipline of study that are necessary to accomplish the independent study.
  • SLO #4: Identify personal goals and pursue these goals effectively (College Wide Outcome – Area 4).
  • Utilize skills from the “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc., to accomplish the independent study within one semester term.

FT 498 Work Experience in Fire Technology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Hours:30 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:FT 210 and 211
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Fire Technology.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 37.5 hours of related paid work experience, or 30 hours of unpaid work experience for 0.5 unit. An additional 37.5 or 30 hours of related work experience is required for each additional 0.5 units. Students may take up to 16 units total across all Work Experience course offerings. This course may be taken up to four times when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1 DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.
  • Understand the effects time, stress, and organizational management have on performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of consistently practicing ethics and confidentiality in a workplace.
  • Examine the career/life planning process and relate its relevance to the student.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic communication tools and their appropriate use.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of workplace etiquette.
  • SLO #2 DESCRIBE THE CAREER/LIFE PLANNING PROCESS AND RELATE ITS RELEVANCY TO ONE'S CAREER.
  • Link personal goals to long term achievement.
  • Display an understanding of creating a professional first impression.
  • Understand how networking is a powerful job search tool.
  • Understand necessary elements of a résumé.
  • Understand the importance of interview preparation.
  • Identify how continual learning increases career success.
  • SLO #3 DEMONSTRATE APPLICATION OF INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE AND THEORETICAL CONCEPTS AS WRITTEN IN LEARNING OBJECTIVES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EMPLOYER WORK SITE SUPERVISOR.

FT 499 Experimental Offering in Fire Technology

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


Firefighting Training Center (FIRE) Courses

FIRE 1130 Company Officer 2A (Human Resource Management for Company Officers)

  • Units:1.75
  • Hours:33 hours LEC; 7 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter II. The rank of Officer waives this prerequisite. The CAL FIRE rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer is equivalent to Officer level. Performing in an "acting" capacity does not qualify for this waiver.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on the use of human resources to accomplish assignments, evaluate member performance, supervise personnel, and integrate health and safety plans, policies, and procedures into daily activities as well as the emergency scene. Topics include human resource management, and health and safety. This course is offered as a Pass/No Pass course only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Apply and follow human resource policies and procedures, given an administrative situation requiring action.
  • List human resources organizational policies that a Company Officer Level 1 is responsible for.
  • SLO 2: Create a professional development plan for a member of the organization.
  • Identify the steps for creating a professional development plan.
  • List professional development options, such as: job shadowing, mentoring, continuing education.

FIRE 1131 Company Officer 2B (General Administration Functions for Company Officers)

  • Units:0.75
  • Hours:15 hours LEC; 5 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter II. The rank of Officer waives this prerequisite. The CAL FIRE rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer is equivalent to Officer level. Performing in an "acting" capacity does not qualify for this waiver.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on general administrative functions and the implementation of department policies and procedures, and addresses conveying the fire department's role, image, and mission to the public. Topics include administration, and community and government relations. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1:Specify the impact of state and federal laws and regulations as they apply to the company officer
  • Contrast civil and criminal liability, given a list of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to fire service supervisors.
  • SLO 2: List the benefits to the organization and the purpose for establishing cooperative external agency relationships.
  • Given a specific problem or issue in the community and a list of local, state, and national resources.

FIRE 1132 Company Officer 2C (Fire Inspections and Investigation for Company Officers)

  • Units:1.75
  • Hours:33 hours LEC; 7 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter II. The rank of Officer waives this prerequisite. The CAL FIRE rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer is equivalent to Officer level. Performing in an "acting" capacity does not qualify for this waiver.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on conducting inspections, identifying hazards and addressing violations, performing a fire investigation to determine preliminary cause, and securing the incident scene and preserving evidence. Topics include orientation, fire and life safety inspections, and fire investigation. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Describe the procedures for conducting fire inspections.
  • Identify hazards, including hazardous materials; completing approved forms; and initiating approved follow up action, given the policies of the agency.
  • SLO 2: Employ measures to secure an incident scene with recognizable perimeters.
  • Describe actions needed to keep unauthorized persons from restricted areas.
  • Implement measures to protect all evidence or potential evidence from damage or destruction.

FIRE 1133 Company Officer 2D (All-Risk Operations for Company Officers)

  • Units:1.25
  • Hours:20 hours LEC; 20 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter II. The rank of Officer waives this prerequisite. The CAL FIRE rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer is equivalent to Officer level. Performing in an "acting" capacity does not qualify for this waiver.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Completion of Incident Command System (I-200), which is an online course offered by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on conducting incident size-up, developing and implementing an initial plan of action involving single and multiunit operations for various types of emergency incidents to mitigate the situation following agency safety procedures, conducting preincident planning, and develop and conduct a post-incident analysis. Topics include initial Incident Action Plan (IAP), postincident analysis, operational planning, and service demands. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Develop an initial plan of action, identifying the resources required to control the emergency.
  • Implement a plan of action at a simulated emergency operation, deploying resources to mitigate the situation.
  • SLO 2: Develop and conduct a post incident analysis.
  • Identify and communicate all required critical elements and complete and process the approved forms in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • SLO 3: Identify elements of operational plans.
  • Obtain required resources and their assignments, mitigating the incident.
  • Write a report identifying the major causes for service demands for various planning areas within the organization's service area.

FIRE 1134 Company Officer 2E (Wildland Incident Operations for Company Officers)

  • Units:1.75
  • Hours:28 hours LEC; 12 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter II. The rank of Officer waives this prerequisite. The CAL FIRE rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer is equivalent to Officer level. Performing in an "acting" capacity does not qualify for this waiver.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on evaluating and reporting incident conditions, analyzing incident needs, developing and implementing a plan of action to deploy incident resources completing all operations to suppress a wildland fire, establishing an incident command post, creating and incident action plan, and completing incident records and reports. Topics include report on conditions, ongoing incident conditions, establishing an incident command post, deploying resources, incident needs, suppression operations, personnel needs and issues, and incident records and reports. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Employ information regarding travel route, assignment, time needed, and point of contact from dispatch.
  • Describe the response to incidents occurring under different jurisdictional authorities (Local, State, Federal).
  • SLO 2: Develop an initial report on conditions that communicates required incident information.
  • Describe the relevant incident information to be communicated.
  • SLO 3: Demonstrate the ability to size up an incident to formulate an incident action plan that sets incident objectives and applies strategies and tactics according to agency policy, using an Incident Command System (ICS) 201 Incident Briefing form.
  • Describe the elements of a wildland size-up.
  • Interpret fire behavior.
  • Describe resource availability and capability.
  • SLO 4: Evaluate incident conditions, identify progress, changes in fuels, topography, weather, fire behavior, personnel safety, and other significant events, and communicate these conditions to the supervisor and to assigned and adjoining personnel.
  • Describe how to evaluate wildland fire weather, fuels, and topographic information.
  • Describe current and predicted fire behavior.
  • SLO 5: Determine an incident command post.
  • Describe factors affecting appropriate incident command post locations.
  • SLO 6: Describe proper emergency medical procedures.
  • Describe agency accident and illness reporting procedures.
  • Describe the procedures for using the ICS 206 Medical Plan form.
  • SLO 7: Deploy resources to suppress a wildland fire, taking appropriate suppression actions and ensuring personnel safety.
  • Describe ways to update supervisors, crew members, and adjoining personnel.
  • Analyze incident needs.
  • Describe how to provide for assigned resources' needs.
  • SLO 8: Demonstrate how to maintain wildland incident records.
  • Prepare final incident reports.
  • SLO 9: Verify the qualifications of assigned personnel to verify that individuals' fire fighter skills are appropriate.
  • Identify the agency's qualifications standards.
  • Describe the assessment of personnel qualifications for assignment in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

FIRE 1140 Chief Fire Officer 3A: Human Resources Management

  • Units:1
  • Hours:16.25 hours LEC; 9.75 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer, or seeking Fire Marshal Certification or four (4) years as a career fire fighter, or six (6) years as a volunteer fire fighter.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of the human resources requirements related to the roles and responsibilities of a chief fire officer. Topics include developing plans for providing employee accommodation,
developing hiring procedures, establishing personnel assignments, describing methods of facilitating and encouraging professional development, developing an ongoing education training program, developing promotion
procedures, developing proposals for improving employee benefits, and developing a measurable accident and injury prevention program. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Describe the certification task book and testing process for chief fire officer.
  • Identify the prerequisite qualifications, and the human resource management, community and government relations, administrative, inspection and investigation, emergency service delivery, health and safety, and emergency management duties of a chief fire officer.
  • Identify the prerequisite knowledge and mobilization and suppression duties of a wildland fire officer II.
  • SLO 2: Develop a plan for providing an employee accommodation, including adequate information to justify the requested change(s).
  • Develop procedures for hiring members, ensuring a valid and reliable process.
  • Establish personnel assignments, maximizing efficiency in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Define the requirements of the California Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act as they apply to the roles and responsibilities of the chief fire officer.
  • SLO 3: Describe methods of facilitating and encouraging members to participate in professional development to achieve their personal and professional goals.
  • Develop an ongoing education training program, giving members of the organization appropriate training to meet the mission of the organization.
  • develop procedures and programs for promoting members, ensuring a valid, reliable, job-related, and nondiscriminatory process.
  • SLO 4: Develop a proposal for improving an employee benefit, including adequate information to justify the requested benefit improvement.
  • Conduct research as needed to develop a benefit improvement proposal.
  • SLO 5: Develop a measurable accident and injury prevention program, evaluating results to determine program effectiveness.

FIRE 1141 Chief Fire Officer 3B: Budget and Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9.5 hours LEC; 8.5 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer or five (5) years as a career officer (Lieutenant or higher), or seven (7) years as a volunteer officer (Lieutenant or higher) or five (5) years as a CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of the budgeting requirements related to the roles and responsibilities of a Chief Fire Officer. Topics include developing a budget management system, developing a division or departmental budget, and describing the process for ensuring competitive bidding. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Describe the certification task book and testing process for chief fire officer.
  • SLO 2: Develop a budget management system to keep the division or department within the budgetary authority.
  • Identify the operation and maintenance costs associated with existing and new programs, facilities, equipment, and fleet.
  • SLO 3: Develop a divisional or departmental budget, determining and justifying capital, operating, and personnel costs.
  • Describe the agency's process for ensuring competitive bidding, including developing requests for proposal (RFPs) and soliciting and awarding bids.

FIRE 1142 Chief Fire Officer 3C: General Administration Functions for Chief Fire Officers

  • Units:0.75
  • Hours:14 hours LEC; 10 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer or five (5) years as a career officer (Lieutenant or higher), or seven (7) years as a volunteer officer (Lieutenant or higher) or five (5) years as a CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides a basic knowledge of the administration requirements related to the roles and responsibilities of a Chief Fire Officer. Topics include directing a department records management system, analyzing and interpreting records and data, developing a model plan for continuous organizational improvement, developing a plan to facilitate approval, preparing community awareness programs, and evaluating the inspection program of the Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Identify different levels in the Executive Chief Officer certification track, the courses and requirements for Chief Fire Officer certification, and be able to describe the certification task book and testing process.
  • SLO 2: Direct the development, maintenance, and evaluation of a department record management system, ensuring the achievement of completeness and accuracy.
  • Analyze and interpret records and data to determine validity and recommend improvements.
  • SLO 3: Develop a model plan for continuous organizational improvement, maximizing resource utilization.
  • Develop a plan to facilitate approval for a new program, piece of legislation, form of public education, or fire safety code.
  • Develop a community risk reduction program to meet desired program outcomes.
  • SLO 4: Evaluate the inspection program of the AHJ, assessing results to determine effectiveness.
  • Identify applicable policies, procedures, codes, standards, and laws.

FIRE 1144 Chief Fire Officer 3D: Command of Expanding All-Hazard Incidents

  • Units:1.25
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 20 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Meet the educational requirements for Company Officer.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides a basic knowledge of the administration requirements related to the roles and responsibilities of a Chief Fire Officer. Topics include developing an agency resource contingency plan, evaluating incident facilities, supervising multiple resources, developing and utilizing an incident action plan, obtaining incident information to facilitate transfer of command, developing and conducting a post-incident analysis, and maintaining incident records. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Identify different levels in the Executive Chief Officer certification track, the courses and requirements for Chief Fire Officer certification, and be able to describe the certification task book and testing process.
  • SLO 2: Identify jurisdictional authority.
  • Describe mutual aid
  • Identify local hazards and events that may require outside resources.
  • Define the role of the fire service within the integrated emergency management system.
  • SLO 3: Obtain incident information from the initial incident commander to ensure the new incident commander has the information necessary to operate and complete the transfer of command.
  • Identify AHJ policies and procedures for transfer of command.
  • SLO 4: Demonstrate continuously improving situational awareness, perform a hazard assessment, and apply an ongoing risk-management process.
  • Identify barriers to situational awareness
  • Describe the response to a refusal of risk.
  • SLO 5: Prepare, review, validate, modify, and document an incident action plan for each operational period.
  • Identify incident priorities based on personal safety and values at risk.
  • Describe the elements of an incident within an incident(IWI).
  • SLO 6: Demonstrate the ability to order resources according to the incident priorities and objectives.
  • Describe the use of air resources.
  • Assess the readiness of assigned resources prior to deployment.

FIRE 1520 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A - Pumping Apparatus

  • Units:1.25
  • Hours:19.5 hours LEC; 20.5 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Valid Class C California Driver's License.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on fire apparatus preventive maintenance and driving/operating. Topics include routine tests, inspections, and servicing functions, operate, reverse, maneuver, and turn a fire apparatus in a variety of conditions, and operate all fixed systems and equipment on a fire apparatus. This course is based on the latest edition of NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. This course fulfills the requirements for a Class C Firefighter Endorsement. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Given maintenance and inspection forms, the student will be able to document routine tests, inspections, and servicing functions.
  • Perform routine tests, inspections, and servicing functions on the systems and components of a fire apparatus to verify its operational status.
  • Document routine tests, inspections, and servicing functions by checking all items for proper operation and report any deficiencies.
  • SLO #2: Operate a fire apparatus safely and effectively.
  • Operate a fire apparatus following a predetermined route on a public way in compliance with all applicable state and local laws and policies and procedures of the jurisdiction.
  • Operate a fire apparatus during emergency and nonemergency responses using defensive driving techniques while maintaining control of the apparatus.
  • Operate all fixed systems and equipment on a fire apparatus not specifically addressed elsewhere in this standard in accordance with the applicable instructions and policies.
  • Demonstrate driving skills necessary to operate an emergency vehicle including off-road driving.

FIRE 1521 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1B - Pumping Apparatus Operations

  • Units:1.25
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 22 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:FIRE 1520
  • Enrollment Limitation:Hold a valid Class C Firefighter Endorsed driver’s license (minimum).
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information on pumping apparatus preventive maintenance and operations. Topics include routine tests, inspections, and servicing functions, producing hand, master, and foam fire streams, relay pump operations, and supplying water to fire sprinkler and standpipe systems. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Describe the certification task book and testing process.
  • Perform and document routine tests, inspections, and servicing functions on the systems and components unique to a pumping apparatus to verify their operational status.
  • SLO #2: Produce an effective hand or master stream by engaging the pump, setting all pressure control and apparatus safety devices, achieving and maintaining the rate flow of the nozzle, while continuously monitoring the apparatus for potential problems.
  • Demonstrate how to pump a 2½” or larger supply line to provide the correct pressure and flow to the next pumping apparatus in the relay.
  • Demonstrate how to produce a foam fire stream to provide properly proportioned foam.
  • Demonstrate how to supply water to fire sprinkler and standpipe systems at the correct volume and pressure.

FIRE 1760 Low-Angle Rope Rescue Operational (LARRO)

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:7 hours LEC; 17 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides the techniques and methods for using rope, webbing, hardware friction devices, and litters in low-angle rescue situations. Topics include rope and related equipment, anchor systems, safety lines, stretcher lashing and rigging, mechanical advantage systems, and single-line and two-line rescue systems. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Demonstrate knowledge in rope rescue equipment, rescue knots and hitches, anchor systems, system attachments and fall restraint, belay/safety line systems, and load-releasing devices.
  • Identify rescue rope and describe it's use.
  • Demonstrate methods and techniques to tie knots and package victims and rescuers.
  • Demonstrate methods and techniques for using rescue equipment to build lower/raise systems.
  • Explain rescue scene organization and management.
  • Demonstrate and apply basic low-angle rope rescue techniques.

FIRE 1800 Firefighter Training (S-130)

  • Units:2
  • Hours:35 hours LEC; 7 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:FFS 1540
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides new firefighters with basic wildland firefighting skills. It also provides the knowledge needed to identify basic weather conditions, topography, fuels, and their effect on fire behavior. This course aligns with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Position Description (IPDs) that serve as the single authoritative source for the essential duties and responsibilities of a NWCG incident position. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Demonstrate the ability to construct fire line to required standards using various methods, tools, equipment, and techniques.
  • Describe how to extinguish the fire with or without use of water.
  • Demonstrate how to strengthen, reinforce, and use holding actions on a fire line.
  • SLO #2: Describe how to assess and report fire situation data (written or oral) by radio and/or messenger.
  • Demonstrate how to locate self and fire on a map.
  • Describe the assigned tasks and the safe actions used to complete those tasks.
  • Describe factors in a wildland environment which could impact safety.

FIRE 1807 Advanced Firefighter Training (S-131)

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:8 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides advanced training in wildland firefighting skills with an emphasis on safety and tactics. This is suggested training for firefighters who wish to become qualified at first level supervisory positions. This course also meets the training requirements for Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss and Incident Commander Type 5. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Define the appropriate information during fire suppression activities.
  • Incorporate and maintain open lines of communication with all appropriate fire suppression personnel.
  • Describe informed fire fighting decisions.
  • Demonstrate the steps required to properly size up a fire situation and determine appropriate tactics.
  • document fireline activities

FIRE 1809 Wildland Fire Chain Saws (S-212)

  • Units:1
  • Hours:11 hours LEC; 25 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:To enroll in this course (FIRE 1809) the student must be an employee of a federal fire fighting agency, or a member of a state or local fire agency. The student must be qualified as a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) or State Certified Firefighter I.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is designed for prospective chainsaw operators. Topics include introduction to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws, tactical wildland fire applications, and training for firefighters with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw, providing hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fireline situations. Pass/No pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO 1: Apply chain saw safety standards as required by OSHA and agency handbooks, manuals, directives, and owner’s manuals.
  • Identify and demonstrate basic chain saw operation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and safety features.
  • Demonstrate the tactical application of chain saws in fireline construction and mop up operations.

FIRE 1861 Behavioral Health and Cancer Awareness 1A

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:9 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides awareness-level information on behavioral health and cancer for front-line responders, including describing stress and listing stressors; identifying and describing the impacts of stress; describing factors and demonstrating practices for resilience; describing types, prevalence, and causes of cancer; describing exposure to carcinogenic chemicals; and describing and demonstrating minimizing exposure and risk to cancerous contaminants. Pass/No pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Describe stress, and common sources of stress and types and prevalence of occupational cancer.
  • Describe acute versus cumulative stress.
  • Describe behaviors associated with unmanaged stress.
  • List risk factors specific to the fire service.
  • Identify common states of carcinogenic chemicals.

FIRE 1862 Behavioral Health and Cancer Awareness 2A

  • Units:1.25
  • Hours:24 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides leadership-level information on and best practices for cancer awareness, including communicating risk about and minimizing and mitigating toxic exposure and risk; creating a supportive environment, overcoming barriers, and effecting change; and laws, regulations, standards and policies. This course also provides leadership-level information on and best practices for behavioral health, including stressors on members and leaders; stress impacts; overcoming barriers to behavioral health and resiliency, creating a supportive environment, member engagement, and effecting change; support resources and how to access them; and documentation types and requirements. Pass/No pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1:Describe the risks of exposure to carcinogenic chemicals and the pathophysiology of those exposures.
  • Identify where you may be potentially become exposed to carcinogenic chemicals.
  • Describe the process of what happens when you are exposed to carcinogens.
  • SLO #2:Describe how to engage members, create a supportive environment, and influence behaviors to minimize and mitigate toxic exposure.
  • Identify ways a leader can influence change.
  • Describe how a leader can promote an environment that engages members.

FIRE 1863 Behavioral Health and Cancer Awareness 3A

  • Units:1.25
  • Hours:24 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:FIRE 1141
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides organizational-leadership-level information on the science of cancer, the budgetary and policy impacts, implementing policies and procedures and overcoming challenges to mitigation and minimization of
toxic exposure, and developing a cancer-prevention program. It also provides information on the prevalence of behavioral-health issues and the impacts of prevention, implementing policies and procedures and overcoming challenges to increase wellness, and developing a behavioral health and wellness program. Pass/No pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1:Describe the science of cancer and the budgetary and policy impacts.
  • Describe the prevalence of cancer in the fire service using epidemiological data.
  • Describe the financial costs to the organization associated with a member getting cancer.
  • SLO #2:Identify barriers to mitigation and minimization of toxic exposure.
  • Describe the leader's responsibility to effect change, communicate, and protect member health.
  • SLO #3:Describe the prevalence of behavioral health issues and the impacts of prevention
  • Describe the scope of behavioral health issues in the fire service.

FIRE 1871 Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211)

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:8.5 hours LEC; 7 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to design, setup, operate, troubleshoot, and shut down portable water delivery systems. The focus is on portable pumps - it does not address water delivery for engines. Topics covered include: portable water delivery systems; equipment; roles and responsibilities; and system design and hydraulics. There is also a field exercise where students will apply what they learned in the classroom.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Define the ultimate goal of a water delivery system.
  • Identify key factors to consider when designing, setting up, and operating a portable water delivery system.
  • SLO #2: Distinguish the differences between the two cycle and four cycle engines and identify which one of these differences is most important to a pump operator.
  • Label the parts of a commonly used portable pump.
  • Identify the purpose of a suction hose and a discharge hose.

FIRE 1872 Basic Air Operations (S-270)

  • Units:0.75
  • Hours:16 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course covers aircraft types and capabilities, aviation management and safety for flying in and working with agency aircraft, tactical and logistical uses of aircraft, and requirements for helicopter take-off and landing areas. Topics include the types of helicopters and air tankers and the criteria that make up each type. Also included are safe firefighting conduct operations when aircraft are being used. Note: The regulations, procedures and policies addressed in this course are primarily those governing federal agency and ICS operations. State, county, or other political subdivisions using this course will need to consult their agency having jurisdiction with respect to regulations, procedures and policies. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Identify the Incident Command System (ICS) types helicopters and air tankers and the criteria that make up each type.
  • Describe the ICS criteria for typing aircraft used for fire suppression.
  • SLO #2: Identify and discuss safety procedures to be followed while flying in or working around agency aircraft.
  • Define tactical and logistical aircraft use.
  • Describe safety procedures to be observed during water, foam, or retardant dropping.

FIRE 1877 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180)

  • Units:0.25
  • Hours:5.25 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is designed to establish an awareness of human performance issues and how they can impact fire service job performance. This course addresses human performance content that relates to the individual, including situation awareness, communication, decision making, risk management, and teamwork skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Describe the relationship between situation awareness, observation, and communication.
  • Identify why firefighters have a responsibility to learn and improve their performance.
  • SLO #2: Identify existing standard communication procedures and opportunities to initiate standard communication procedures in the work environment.
  • Describe the Five Communications Responsibilities.
  • SLO #3: Describe the process of preplanning and its role in decision making.

FIRE 1885 Firing Operations (S-219)

  • Units:1
  • Hours:16 hours LEC; 8 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:To enroll in this course (FIRE 1885) the student must be an employee of a federal fire fighting agency, or a member of a state or local fire agency.
  • Advisory:Students must possess the arduous level of physical ability per NWCG guidelines and be in excellent health. Students are required to perform hotline wildland firefighting using hand tools, while carrying 40 pounds of back pumps or drip torches in hot weather.
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides information and develops skills required to perform and hold firing operations on wildland fires and prescribed burns. This course contains a mix of online and instructor-led training including live fire exercises. The students will be engaged in wildland firefighting and firing operations. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course and pre-course quizzes prior to taking the instructor-led training. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • SLO #1: Identify the roles and responsibilities of the Firing Boss (FIRB) for planning, execution, safety, coordination, and evaluation of an ignition operation on a wildland or prescribed fire.
  • Describe or illustrate the different types of fire spread, e.g., head, flank, backing.
  • SLO #2: Describe the characteristics, applications, safety, and availability of the various firing devices a FIRB has at their disposal.
  • SLO #3: Prepare a firing plan and briefing that contains desired fire behavior, firing techniques, required resources, coordination, safety and risk management factors, and communication, to meet specific objectives.
  • Identify components within the operational briefing that are specific for firing personnel.