P050 – Fire Fighter I Academy – 13 units
Prerequisite: Fire Technology P101 and EMTC P050 or equivalent with “C” or better.
Recommendation: Current affiliation with a fire service agency that will provide personal protective clothing and medical clearance and completion of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) “fit test,” is recommended.
Total lecture 180 hours, total laboratory 180 hours. This Academy is accredited by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) and is designed to provide the basic educational and practical training elements required for CSFM certification as Firefighter 1. In most California fire departments, Firefighter 1 level certification is a prerequisite for entry-level job applicants. While this course meets or exceeds the basic Firefighter 1 educational and practical training elements, eligibility for Firefighter 1 certification also requires on-the-job experience that is NOT an element of this Academy. Approved for pass/no pass grading option. (A)
P051 – Interagency Basic Wildland Firefighter – 6.5 units
Recommendation: Current first aid and CPR certification at Public Safety First Aid level or above as defined by California Health and Safety Code.
Total lecture 90 hours, total laboratory 81 hours. This course is designed to provide the basic educational and practical training elements required for issuance of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Basic Wildland Firefighter (“Basic 67”) certificate. Successful completion of this course will also result in the student meeting the “Basic 32” training requirements of the Federal fire agencies and issuance of the appropriate related certificates. Graduates of this academy will meet the minimum wildland fire training requirements typically necessary to apply for seasonal wildland fire control positions with most State and Federal fire agencies in California. Course is approved for pass/no pass grading option. (A)
P056 – Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A: Emerg Vehicle Operations – 2 units
Prerequisite: Member of a fire organization. California Drivers License, Class B, fire fighter restricted (minimum) .
Recommendation: Eligible for level 2 English placement. Fire Fighter I training recommended.
Total lecture 32 hours, total laboratory 14 hours. This course provides the student with information on driver responsibilities, recognized standards, and related laws for fire apparatus. Topics include basic inspections, documentation, maintenance, and troubleshooting fire apparatus, and techniques on driving and positioning fire apparatus. Each student also has the opportunity to increase his or her driving skills during simulated driving conditions. (A)
P057 – Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1B: Pump Operation – 2 units
Prerequisite: Member of a fire organization.
Recommendation: Eligible for level 2 English placement. Fire Fighter I training.
Total lecture 32 hours, total laboratory 12 hours. A 40-hour course encompassing types and design of fire service pumps and their operations. Updated to reflect the 2009 NFPA 1002 Standards for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications and requires a textbook and student supplement. This course provides the student with information on pump construction and theory of pump operations. Topics include: methods for performing basic hydraulics and techniques on basic inspections, documentation, maintenance, and troubleshooting fire pumps. Each student also has the opportunity to increase his or her pumping skills during simulated pumping conditions. (A)
P101 –Principles of Emergency Services – 3 units
Total lecture 54 hours. Provides an introduction to fire protection education, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, philosophy and history of fire protection, fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, fire departments as part of local government, laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, basic fire chemistry and physics, basic fire control strategy and tactics, and common fire protection systems. (A/CSU)
P102 – Fire Prevention Technology – 3 units
Total lecture 54 hours. This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationship of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education. (A/CSU)
P103 – Fire Protection Equipment and Systems – 3 units
Total lecture 54 hours. This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. (A/CSU)
P104 – Building Construction for Fire Protection – 3 units
Total lecture 54 hours. This course provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. The focus of this course is on firefighter safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. (A/CSU/UC)
P105 – Fire Behavior and Combustion – 3 units
Total lecture 54 hours. This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. (A/CSU)