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Fire Service Technology
Associate in Science
About the Program
Las Positas College Fire Service Technology "“core” curriculum is aligned with the National FESHE (Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education) 2018 model Fire Service curriculum, in addition several course offerings provide entry level industry certificates from the Office of State Fire Marshal, State Fire Training Division.
The Associate of Science Degree program focuses on both the technical training and the general education course work required for a degree. This program will prepare completers to enter gainful employment in the fire industry the fire technology program provides educational courses that prepare students to enter the field of fire technology as a firefighter. The program supports working partnerships with county and city fire departments forming a regional training center.
Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy is an accredited Regional Training program (ARTP) as designated by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM). As an ARTP, Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy is authorized to deliver a CSFM Accredited Fire Fighter I Academy and a full suite of CSFM courses leading advanced levels of certification. In addition, Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy is authorized by CSFM to deliver Fire Fighter I certification examinations in support of CSFM’s accreditation by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board).
The Las Positas College Regional Fire Academy is an accredited California State Fire Marshal program providing certificates from State Fire Training (SFT) and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). This program and other similar programs statewide are intended to provide an educated recruit base for Fire Departments in the state of California. This program is designed to meet the dynamic challenges of fire department needs for pre-service recruits in the 21st century and enabling students to successfully become employed by fire departments throughout the state of California and within the Alameda County Community College District's service area. Las Positas College Fire Academy graduates are employed in every Fire Department in Alameda County and many departments in California as well as out of state.
About the Degree
The main focus of the Fire Service Technology Program is to prepare our students for ENTRY level positions with Municipal, State and Federal Fire Service agencies using a combination of training and education as our main foundation. The Associate Degree incorporates the standardized Fire Technology curriculum identified by the offices of the California State Chancellor and State Fire Marshal. You’ll learn all the guidelines and regulations to ensure both the safety of you and the public. With this curriculum, you’ll be prepared for any fire-related crisis, minimizing loss of life and property on a daily basis. LPC FST technology program is aligned with FESHE National FIRE model curriculum.
Career opportunities provided through the Fire Service Technology Program include Volunteer / Reserve Firefighter, Seasonal Wildland Firefighter, Full Time Professional Firefighter, Firefighter / EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Inspector or Code Enforcement Officer, Fire Cause and Origin Investigator and State Certified “Fire Officer” which is desired for promotion to a “Company Officer” in most Fire Service Agencies. Students in the Fire Service Technology Program have been very successful in finding employment in the Fire Service as “Professional Firefighters” throughout the United States due to their extensive training and knowledge that they have achieved here in comparison to the local competition of available candidates in many other states.
- Upon completion of the AS in Fire Service Technology, students are able to analyze and apply measures to resolve problems in areas of suppression, prevention, and EMS.
- Upon completion of the AS in Fire Service Technology, students are able to analyze and evaluate data to solve Fire Technology problems.
- Upon completion of the AS in Fire Service Technology, students are able to demonstrate technical, cognitive, and psycho-motor skills necessary to achieve and maintain employment in the fire service.
- Upon completion of the AS in Fire Service Technology, students are able to gain knowledge safety, rescue, emergency medical operations and hazardous materials.
- Upon completion of the AS in Fire Service Technology, students are able to recognize
the importance of ethics and professionalism within the Fire Technology field.
|FST 1 Fire Protection Organization||3|
|FST 2 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival||3|
|FST 3 Fire Behavior and Combustion||3|
|FST 4 Fire Prevention||3|
|FST 5 Fire Protection Systems||3|
|FST 6 Building Construction for Fire Protection||3|
|FST 7 Fire Service Conditioning & Physical Agility Development||1|
|CMST 1 Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|CMST 10 Interpersonal Communication||3|
|PHIL 2 Ethics||3|
ᅀRequired if a student uses the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree
|Total Units in the Major||19|
Regional Fire Academy (FST 11) is a recommended elective in order to obtain a California State Fire Marshall Firefighter 1 Certificate.
The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022