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Fire Technology (SOC CODE: 33-2011.01)

Job Description Overview

Protect life, property and the environment, through the control and extinguishment of municipal, industrial and wildland fires, and conducting emergency medical care and rescue efforts.

Related Careers

  • Municipal Firefighter
  • Military Firefighter
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Industrial firefighter
  • Code Enforcement and Fire Prevention Officer
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter Paramedic
  • Ambulance Operator

Sample Job Duties

  • Search burning buildings to locate fire victims.
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or hydraulic cutters.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Inspect fire sites after flames have been extinguished to ensure that there is no further danger.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Fire Technology: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S2105

      The Fire Science major has been developed to offer pre-employment education for the undergraduate who desires to enter the field of fire science. It also provides the employed firefighter an opportunity for a professional education. Students intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Core Courses
      FIRE 1Fire Protection Organization3
      FIRE 2Fire Prevention Technology3
      FIRE 3Fire Protection Equipment and Systems3
      FIRE 4Building Construction for Fire Protection3
      FIRE 5Fire Behavior and Combustion3
      FIRE 13Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
      Required Electives
      Choose two courses from the following:5.5-22.5
      EMT 90
      Emergency Medical Technician
      FIRE 6
      Hazardous Materials/ICS
      FIRE 7
      Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy
      FIRE 8
      Fire Company Organization and Management
      FIRE 9
      Fire Hydraulics
      FIRE 10
      Arson and Fire Investigation
      FIRE 11
      Fire Apparatus and Equipment
      FIRE 12
      Wildland Fire Control
      FIRE 86
      Basic Fire Academy
      KINF 53
      Physical Training for the Basic Fire Academy
      Total Units23.5-40.5

      Guided Pathway of Study 

    • Fire Technology Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate L2105

      The Fire Science Certificate has been developed to offer pre-employment education for the undergraduate who desires to enter the field of fire science. It also provides the employed firefighter an opportunity for a professional education. Students intending to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      Required Courses

      FIRE 1Fire Protection Organization3
      FIRE 2Fire Prevention Technology3
      FIRE 3Fire Protection Equipment and Systems3
      FIRE 4Building Construction for Fire Protection3
      FIRE 5Fire Behavior and Combustion3
      FIRE 13Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
      Choose two courses from the following:5.5-19
      FIRE 6
      Hazardous Materials/ICS
      FIRE 7
      Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy
      FIRE 8
      Fire Company Organization and Management
      FIRE 9
      Fire Hydraulics
      FIRE 10
      Arson and Fire Investigation
      FIRE 11
      Fire Apparatus and Equipment
      FIRE 12
      Wildland Fire Control
      FIRE 86
      Basic Fire Academy
      KINF 53
      Physical Training for the Basic Fire Academy
      Total Units23.5-37
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