This degree program of study was developed to assist students who desire to become a firefighter, or desire Fire Technology as a career. This certificate or degree will aid existing firefighters in promoting/advancing through the ranks of engineer, captain, battalion chief, etc. The Bakersfield Fire Department requires an associate degree before a captain can take the promotional exam for battalion chief. This course of study will transfer to a four-year institute.
Note: FIRE B1 can be waived if the student has completed either academy (B62, B63 or B64) and B2 can be waived for students who have a minimum of two years continuous experience as a full-time paid firefighter. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in the fire technology program. Of the 18 units required, a minimum of 12 units must be completed at Bakersfield
Bakersfield College’s Regional Fire Technology Academy (RFTA) was authorized by the California Fire Service Training and Education System in 1980, with programs of study leading to Certified Company Officer, Chief Fire Officer, Executive Chief Officer. RFTA sponsors many cooperative training programs with federal, state, and local fire protection agencies. Individuals may develop a program suitable to their career goals with the aid of a college counselor. Courses may lead to the achievement of specific career goals, immediate employment, an associate degree, or transfer credits that satisfy requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Fire Technology.
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Fire Technology Associate in Arts degree.
Upon successful completion, the student will:
Total Units: 26
|FIRE B1||Fire Protection Organization||3.0|
|FIRE B2||Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survval||3.0|
|FIRE B7||Building Construction for Fire Protection||3.0|
|FIRE B3||Fire Command, Strategy, Tactics||3.0|
|FIRE B4||Fire Behavior and Combustion||3.0|
|FIRE B5||Fire Prevention||3.0|
|FIRE B6||Fire Protection Equipment and Systems||3.0|
|EMTC B50||Emergency Medical Technician||8.0|