Bakersfield College

Fire Technology

Associate in Arts

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 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 is a prerequisite and must be completed before taking other core fire technology courses. FIRE B1 can be waived if the student has completed either academy (B62 or B63) 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 30 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 Fire and Certified Fire Chief. 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.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts
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.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 25.5 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for fire fighting hiring.
  • demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents.
  • identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances, and firefighter health and safety.
  • analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • identify and describe the apparatus used in the fire service, and the equipment and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment.
  • identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  • differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems.

Total Units: 25.5


Required Courses:

FIRE B1 Fire Protection Organization 3.0
FIRE B2 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3.0
  -or-  
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 & Systems 3.0
FIRE B72H Emergency Medical Technician 7.5

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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