Bakersfield College

Wildland Fire Technology

Associate in Science

This degree is designed for people who desire to enter or enhance their career in a state or federal wildland firefighting agency. The course material is linked with the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group certification process. Students are given the opportunity to take several didactic and practical tests administered throughout the program to attain both state and national level wildland competencies. The core curriculum includes certification material to secure the basic wildland red card needed for employment in a wildland fire agency. Additional course work is designed to meet or exceed the National Fire Protection Association’s 1051 Standard on Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. The elective material is designed to allow a student to obtain some degree of specialization that may tailor a student’s education to qualify for supervisor positions in a wildland organization. Students may be placed in paramilitary and physically demanding environments designed to introduce the student to the job tasks and skills required to operate in the wildland fire services. Career opportunities include the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Discharged military service personnel can use their military service time towards their career in the Forest Service or the BLM.

To Achieve the Associate in Science
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Wildland Fire Technology Associate in Science degree.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 30 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:

  • differentiate influences effecting fire behavior.
  • determine safety zones and escape routes.
  • establish suppression priorities.
  • describe the role of the public information officer in overall incident organization.
  • compose planning section written objectives.

Total Units: 30


Required Courses

Course Number Title Units
FIRE B25A Wildland Fire Behavior 3.0
FIRE B25B Wildland Firefighter Safety & Survival 3.0
FIRE B25C Wildland Fire Operations 3.0
FIRE B25D Wildland Public Information Officer, Prevention, & Investigation 3.0
FIRE B25E Wildland Fire Logistics, Finance, & Planning 3.0

Electives — at least 15 units

Course Number Title Units
FIRE B26A Initial Attack Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) (S-200) 1.0
FIRE B26D Interagency Incident Business Management S-260 1.0
FIRE B26E Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface (S-215) 1.5
FIRE B26G S-230 Crew Boss Single Resource 1.5
FIRE B26K Field Observer (S-244) 1.5
FIRE B26M Display Processor (S-245) 1.0
FIRE B27B I-300 Intermediate Incident Command System (I-300) 1.5
FIRE B28B L-280 Followership to Leadership 0.5

**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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