FIRE TECHNOLOGY

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A career in the fire service is both challenging and rewarding. Fire suppression is only one of a wide variety of duties performed by the firefighters. In fact, approximately 85% of all fire departments responses are to emergency medical calls. Other typical assignments may include fire prevention education, commercial and residential fire inspections, community outreach and service, post-fire salvage and cleanup and equipment maintenance.


Firefighting is undergoing a profound shift these days. It's no longer viewed as a job but rather as a profession. Fire service agencies in the near future will be requiring their recruits to have a college education. Though a Firefighter 1 Certificate and EMT Certificate meet minimum qualifications to apply for employment with most agencies, it is the people with college degrees who are getting the entry level positions. Higher education is essential for chief officers who must deal with budgets, personnel, liability and other complex issues.


Men and women qualified for employment in the fire service profession possess:

  • The ability to carry a great deal of responsibility and handle difficult emergency situations.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with persons of various cultural, economic and
      ethnic backgrounds.
  • The desire and ability to adapt to technological and sociological changes.
  • The mental capacity to learn a wide variety of subjects quickly and correctly.
  • The emotional maturity to remain calm and objective and provide leadership in
      emotionally charged situations.
  • The physical and mental endurance to perform exacting duties.

The Fire Technology program prepares students to meet the high standards required to pursue a career in the fire service as a firefighter or a member of related fire protection services. Through the expertise of our faculty and exposure to professional fire service personnel, students may expect to be trained in the most current theories and techniques of fire technology, fire fighting skills and emergency medical training.

Department Chair Al Cowan

Emergency Services Department Chair:
Dr. Alan Cowen, Professor
(818) 947-2982
cowenar@lavc.edu


 

Course Descriptions

Please search the catalog for course descriptions. Courses are listed in alphabetical order.

Degrees / Certificates

Program Options
• AS Degree in Fire Technology
• Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology
• Skills Certificate

Did you know you can make an appointment with a counselor to discuss your options and have any questions you have answered? Contact the Counseling Department at (818) 947-2546. Counseling department is located in the Student Services Annex.

AS Degree in Fire Technology

Required Courses [21 Units]

Courses Course Title Units
Firetek 201 Fire Protection Organization 3
Firetek 202 Fire Prevention 3
Firetek 203 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 3
Firetek 204 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
Firetek 205 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3


In addition, complete six units from the following:

Courses Course Title Units
Firetek 027 Wildland Firefighter 4
Firetek 096 Emergency Medical Technician 8
Firetek 206 Hazardous Materials 3
Firetek 208 Fire Hydraulics 3
Firetek 209 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy 3
Firetek 213 Fire Investigation 3

Note - students must complete all General Education requirements to complete their degree. Please contact Counseling ( 818) 947-2546 for more information.


 

Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology

Required Courses [26 Units]

Download the Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology Petition Form (DOC)

Courses Course Title Units
Firetek 096 Emergency Medical Technician 8
Firetek 201 Fire Protection Organization 3
Firetek 202 Fire Prevention 3
Firetek 206 Hazardous Materials I 3
Firetek 208 Fire Hydraulics 3
Firetek 209 Fire Tactics and Strategy I 3
Firetek 213 Fire Investigation 3

 


 

Skills Certificate in Fire Technology

Required Courses 15 Units]

Download the Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology Skills Petition Form (DOC)

Courses Course Title Units
Firetek 201 Fire Protection Organization 3
Firetek 202 Fire Prevention 3
Firetek 203 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 3
Firetek 204 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
Firetek 205 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3

Career Opportunities


Fire Technology is a growing field with growing employment possibilities

Careers

 
  • Municipal Fire Fighter
  • Rural Fire Fighter
  • Wildland Fire Fighter
  • Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
  • Law/Code Enforcement
  • Fire Investigator
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Company Officer
  • Chief Officer
  • Fire Inspector
  • Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisor
  • Municipal fire fighter and prevention supervisor
  • Forest and conservation technician