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Wildland Fire Technology

Award Type: Associate in Science

 The Wildland Fire Technology Associates Degree program will provide the foundational knowledge required to allow students to gain employment with the Fire Service. The program is also designed to upgrade the skills of in-service fire personnel in their present position or to prepare in-service personnel for promotional opportunities. The following are some of the career opportunities that would be available to students with a degree in Wildland Fire Technology, Full-Time Municipal Professional Firefighter, Full-Time Career Wildland Firefighter, Seasonal Firefighter, United States Forrest Service (USFS), California Department of Forestry (Cal Fire) and Wildland Fire Hand Crews.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Wildland Fire Technology will:

  • Demonstrate the skill sets necessary for a successful career in the Wildland Fire Services.
  • Show knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations and codes pertaining to safety and efficiency in all risk emergencies and scenarios pertaining to wildland fire environments as well as the management and the prevention of such fires.

Program Requirements

A major of 30 units is required for the associate of science degree.

Required core courses (15 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
WFT 101 Wildland Fire Behavior 3.0
WFT 102 Wildland Firefighter Safety and Survival 3.0
WFT 103 Wildland Fire Operations 3.0
WFT 104 Wildland Public Information Officer, Prevention, and Investigation 3.0
WFT 105 Wildland Fire Planning, Logistics, and Finance 3.0

Plus a minimum of 15 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
EMS 301 Emergency Medical Services Academy- 1A 6.0
FT 101 Fire Protection Organization 3.0
FT 102 Fire Prevention Technology 3.0
FT 103 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 3.0
FT 104 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3.0
FT 105 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3.0
FT 106 Principles of Fire & Emergency Safety & Survival 3.0
FT 149 Cooperative Work Experience: Occupational 1.0 - 8.0 units
FT 307 Firefighter I Academy IA 6.0
FT 308 Firefighter 1 Academy IB 7.0

General Education Requirements

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