Bakersfield College

Fire Technology

Wildland Firefighting

Job Skills Certificate

The Wildland Firefighting Job Skills Certificate will prepare students for a career in wildland firefighting, to work on the fire ground, and be red carded. This job skills certificate is required for the student to apply for a wildland firefighter position. The certificate will provide students with a basic understanding of wildland firefighting principles, tactics, organization, and fireline safety. It includes training in the identification and operation of wildland fire tools and equipment, water-handling equipment, and fireline construction practices.

To Achieve the Job Skills Certificate

Upon completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better in each course, students will be awarded a Wildland Firefighting Job Skills Certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • explain and demonstrate an understanding of wildland fire service organizations.
  • describe and explain the environmental factors of fire behavior which affect a wildfire.
  • demonstrate an understanding of important safety practices involved in wildland firefighting.
  • identify and operate common wildland firefighting hand tools and equipment.
  • explain and demonstrate how to construct a fireline.
  • analyze information on water-handling equipment.

Total Units: 3

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
FIRE B71A Seasonal Firefighter Basic Training 2.0
FIRE B71B Seasonal Firefighter Basic Training 1.0
Kern Community College District