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Associate of Science Degree
Fire Technology

This curriculum was developed jointly by the Curriculum Committee of the California Fire Chiefs’ Association and the College Advisory Committee and is intended for firefighters, fire officers, and interested students.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
FTEC 101 - Fire Protection OrganizationM3.0
FTEC 101 - Fire Protection Organization (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides Fire Technology or other interested students with an overview of fire protection issues. Included will be an introduction to the philosophy and history of fire protection and fire service. The organization and function of public and private fire protection services, the laws and regulations affecting fire service and the role of fire departments as part of local government will be explored. Basic fire chemistry, fire protection systems, firefighting strategies and possible career opportunities in fire related fields will also be addressed.

FTEC 103 - Fire Behavior and CombustionM3.0
FTEC 103 - Fire Behavior and Combustion (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides fire technology or other interested students with an exploration of theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. An in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing agents, and fire control techniques will be explored.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

Total Semester Units:12.5 
2nd Semester
FTEC 102 - Fundamentals of Personal Fire Safety and Emergency ActionM3.0
FTEC 102 - Fundamentals of Personal Fire Safety and Emergency Action (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

FTEC 104 - Fire Prevention TechnologyM3.0
FTEC 104 - Fire Prevention Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide fire technology or other interested students with 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 relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.

Select one: EMT 093 / ET 230 / FAC 118 / FTEC 044 / FTEC 045 / FTEC 107 / FTEC 108 / FTEC 109 / FTEC 110 / FTEC 111 / FTEC 112 / FTEC 114 / FTEC 117 / FTEC 121 / WFT 101 M3.0†
EMT 093 - Emergency Medical Technician (8.0 units)

Prerequisite: FTEC 121
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 125

This course is designed to certify students as California State Emergency Medical Technicians and gain employment as an ambulance driver or ambulance attendant. After successful completion of this course, students will be authorized to take the National Registry EMT examinations and then request certification as an EMT through the Los Angeles County Department of Health or other local EMS accrediting agencies. Topics discussed include pre-hospital care terminology, cardiovascular emergencies, pre-hospital childbirth, communicable disease, extrication tools and equipment, automatic external defibrillation and an understanding of the Emergency Medical System. Students must pass a background check and EMT medical physical with a 10-panel drug screen.

ET 230 - Safety and Emergency Response (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or who seek employment in the environmental technology field, with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures at hazardous waste sites. Topics include: hazard identification, emergency response planning, proper use and selection of PPE, site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and air monitoring, proper use of instruments, confined spaces, emergency response including field exercises in the use of APR and SCBA. This course satisfies the requirements for 40 hour HAZWOPER TRAINING under OSHA (1910.120) and confined space entry training under OSHA (1910.146).

FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire Academy (18.0 units)

Prerequisite:FTEC 044; FTEC 101; FTEC 102; FTEC 103; FTEC 104; FTEC 105; FTEC 106
Advisory:MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for recently employed firefighters and other interested students. Topics covered include organization of the public and private fire service, characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazards and firefighter safety, extinguishing agents and related extinguishing equipment, fire protection systems and water supply, incident command system, confined-space rescue awareness, building construction and assemblies, basic fire fighting tactics and strategy, fire prevention, hazardous materials, emergency care, wildland firefighting, rapid intervention, rescue systems, and physical fitness. This course meets the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) requirements for designation as a “California Firefighter I Accredited Academy” (Accredited Regional Academy (ARA) by the California State Fire Marshal). Students who complete this course also receive California certification in Vehicle Extrication, Fire Control I, Fire Congrol II, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational, Confined Space Rescue Awareness, Rescue Systems I, S-110, S-130, S-190, Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics, and ICS-200. This course requires completion of a medical physical examination and includes arduous physical activity.

FTEC 044 - Physical Fitness and Ability for the Firefighter (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Student must be able to lift 75lbs., drag a 150 pound "drag dummy", and use a sledge hammer in completion of a physical abilities test.
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed to give in-service firefighters and interested students information about conditioning and fire department physical ability test designs and will include manipulative drills in order to be successful in passing California PAT's (Physical Abilities Tests). This course will provide information on the most recently developed tests in Southern California including the CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test) and the Biddle (Biddle and Associate Validated Test). Students will learn about firefighter wellness programs, review basic nutrition and current NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards pertaining to firefighter health and safety. Students must be able to perform basic firefighter activities including climbing, using sledge hammers, dragging 150lb dummies and wearing a self contained breathing apparatus.

FTEC 045 - Firefighter Entrance Examination Techniques (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed to prepare Fire Technology or other interested students to take a firefighter’s examination. Topics covered include a review of firefighter duties and the requirements of a firefighter, employment requirements in the fire service and the hiring process. Resumes, fire department written examinations, oral interviews, and other related aspects will be discussed.

FTEC 107 - Hazardous Materials I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides fire technology or other interested students with information pertaining to the first responder role when dealing with hazardous materials operations. Hazardous materials decontamination procedures will also be discussed. Classification of hazardous materials and National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA 472) will be addressed.

FTEC 108 - Hazardous Materials II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: FTEC 107
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested student with information pertaining to the handling, identification, firefighting practices, and the explosive hazards confronted with during a hazardous materials response. The role of a Hazardous Material Technician and Specialist will be discussed. The types of hazardous materials that could be used during a terrorism event will be covered.

FTEC 109 - Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with information pertaining to the elements of the incident management system, evaluation of information management and critical incident factors including control of incident communications, basic strategy decisions, and the development of an incident action plan. Basic current fire ground strategies will also be explored in this course.

FTEC 110 - Rescue Practices (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides fire technology or other interested students with a better understanding of rescue problems and techniques in the fire service field. Topics covered include emergency rescue equipment, toxic gases, chemicals, diseases, radiation hazards, and care of victims. Students will become prepared for emergency childbirths, respiration and resuscitation, auto extrication, and other emergency conditions throughout the course.

FTEC 111 - Fire Hydraulics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology student with information applicable to fire service hydraulics, specifically pertaining to fire hose, friction loss and calculations for gallons per minute (GPM) on the fire ground. The student will study fire ground hydraulic formulas used to calculate needed fire flow for residential and commercial structures.

FTEC 112 - Fire Apparatus and Equipment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with information pertaining to the design and operation of fire department apparatus. This includes components such as the engine, pump and drive train. Basic hydraulic calculations for operation and safe vehicle use will also be discussed. Topics addressed include the different types of fire apparatus and their function including wildland firefighting apparatus and municipal fire apparatus.

FTEC 114 - Fire Investigation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with an understanding of determining causes of fires including accidental, suspicious, and incendiary. Topics covered include arson laws, field note taking, and fire cause. Also addressed are the recognition and preserving of evidence, the interviewing of witnesses and suspects, arrest and detention procedures, court demeanor, and the giving of court testimony.

FTEC 117 - Fire Service Management, Safety and Wellness (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for fire technology majors to provide the student with the concepts, theories and principles of fire service management. Emphasis is placed on the distinctions between management, supervision, and leadership. Fire service stress and safety management will be discussed and the national fire service standards will be presented.

FTEC 121 - Emergency Response (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is intended for students that seek a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of a first responder. This class also meets the State of California Title 22 requirements pertinent to CPR, First Aid and AED (automatic external defibrillation) training as it relates to the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This course will also certify the student in CPR for the healthcare professional.

WFT 101 - Wildland Fire Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required for the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand basic wildland fire behavior, wildland fire predictions, and wildland fire operation safety. Wildland fire environmental factors and the tools required to monitor weather and fire behavior will be discussed as it relates to wildland fire predictions. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Summer 1
Select one: EMT 093 / ET 230 / FAC 118 / FTEC 044 / FTEC 045 / FTEC 107 / FTEC 108 / FTEC 109 / FTEC 110 / FTEC 111 / FTEC 112 / FTEC 114 / FTEC 117 / FTEC 121 / WFT 101 M3.0†
EMT 093 - Emergency Medical Technician (8.0 units)

Prerequisite: FTEC 121
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 125

This course is designed to certify students as California State Emergency Medical Technicians and gain employment as an ambulance driver or ambulance attendant. After successful completion of this course, students will be authorized to take the National Registry EMT examinations and then request certification as an EMT through the Los Angeles County Department of Health or other local EMS accrediting agencies. Topics discussed include pre-hospital care terminology, cardiovascular emergencies, pre-hospital childbirth, communicable disease, extrication tools and equipment, automatic external defibrillation and an understanding of the Emergency Medical System. Students must pass a background check and EMT medical physical with a 10-panel drug screen.

ET 230 - Safety and Emergency Response (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide individuals, who are working in or who seek employment in the environmental technology field, with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures at hazardous waste sites. Topics include: hazard identification, emergency response planning, proper use and selection of PPE, site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and air monitoring, proper use of instruments, confined spaces, emergency response including field exercises in the use of APR and SCBA. This course satisfies the requirements for 40 hour HAZWOPER TRAINING under OSHA (1910.120) and confined space entry training under OSHA (1910.146).

FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire Academy (18.0 units)

Prerequisite:FTEC 044; FTEC 101; FTEC 102; FTEC 103; FTEC 104; FTEC 105; FTEC 106
Advisory:MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for recently employed firefighters and other interested students. Topics covered include organization of the public and private fire service, characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazards and firefighter safety, extinguishing agents and related extinguishing equipment, fire protection systems and water supply, incident command system, confined-space rescue awareness, building construction and assemblies, basic fire fighting tactics and strategy, fire prevention, hazardous materials, emergency care, wildland firefighting, rapid intervention, rescue systems, and physical fitness. This course meets the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) requirements for designation as a “California Firefighter I Accredited Academy” (Accredited Regional Academy (ARA) by the California State Fire Marshal). Students who complete this course also receive California certification in Vehicle Extrication, Fire Control I, Fire Congrol II, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational, Confined Space Rescue Awareness, Rescue Systems I, S-110, S-130, S-190, Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics, and ICS-200. This course requires completion of a medical physical examination and includes arduous physical activity.

FTEC 044 - Physical Fitness and Ability for the Firefighter (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Student must be able to lift 75lbs., drag a 150 pound "drag dummy", and use a sledge hammer in completion of a physical abilities test.
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed to give in-service firefighters and interested students information about conditioning and fire department physical ability test designs and will include manipulative drills in order to be successful in passing California PAT's (Physical Abilities Tests). This course will provide information on the most recently developed tests in Southern California including the CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test) and the Biddle (Biddle and Associate Validated Test). Students will learn about firefighter wellness programs, review basic nutrition and current NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards pertaining to firefighter health and safety. Students must be able to perform basic firefighter activities including climbing, using sledge hammers, dragging 150lb dummies and wearing a self contained breathing apparatus.

FTEC 045 - Firefighter Entrance Examination Techniques (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed to prepare Fire Technology or other interested students to take a firefighter’s examination. Topics covered include a review of firefighter duties and the requirements of a firefighter, employment requirements in the fire service and the hiring process. Resumes, fire department written examinations, oral interviews, and other related aspects will be discussed.

FTEC 107 - Hazardous Materials I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides fire technology or other interested students with information pertaining to the first responder role when dealing with hazardous materials operations. Hazardous materials decontamination procedures will also be discussed. Classification of hazardous materials and National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA 472) will be addressed.

FTEC 108 - Hazardous Materials II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: FTEC 107
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested student with information pertaining to the handling, identification, firefighting practices, and the explosive hazards confronted with during a hazardous materials response. The role of a Hazardous Material Technician and Specialist will be discussed. The types of hazardous materials that could be used during a terrorism event will be covered.

FTEC 109 - Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with information pertaining to the elements of the incident management system, evaluation of information management and critical incident factors including control of incident communications, basic strategy decisions, and the development of an incident action plan. Basic current fire ground strategies will also be explored in this course.

FTEC 110 - Rescue Practices (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides fire technology or other interested students with a better understanding of rescue problems and techniques in the fire service field. Topics covered include emergency rescue equipment, toxic gases, chemicals, diseases, radiation hazards, and care of victims. Students will become prepared for emergency childbirths, respiration and resuscitation, auto extrication, and other emergency conditions throughout the course.

FTEC 111 - Fire Hydraulics (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology student with information applicable to fire service hydraulics, specifically pertaining to fire hose, friction loss and calculations for gallons per minute (GPM) on the fire ground. The student will study fire ground hydraulic formulas used to calculate needed fire flow for residential and commercial structures.

FTEC 112 - Fire Apparatus and Equipment (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with information pertaining to the design and operation of fire department apparatus. This includes components such as the engine, pump and drive train. Basic hydraulic calculations for operation and safe vehicle use will also be discussed. Topics addressed include the different types of fire apparatus and their function including wildland firefighting apparatus and municipal fire apparatus.

FTEC 114 - Fire Investigation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with an understanding of determining causes of fires including accidental, suspicious, and incendiary. Topics covered include arson laws, field note taking, and fire cause. Also addressed are the recognition and preserving of evidence, the interviewing of witnesses and suspects, arrest and detention procedures, court demeanor, and the giving of court testimony.

FTEC 117 - Fire Service Management, Safety and Wellness (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for fire technology majors to provide the student with the concepts, theories and principles of fire service management. Emphasis is placed on the distinctions between management, supervision, and leadership. Fire service stress and safety management will be discussed and the national fire service standards will be presented.

FTEC 121 - Emergency Response (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is intended for students that seek a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of a first responder. This class also meets the State of California Title 22 requirements pertinent to CPR, First Aid and AED (automatic external defibrillation) training as it relates to the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This course will also certify the student in CPR for the healthcare professional.

WFT 101 - Wildland Fire Behavior (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 033 or MATH 033B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is one in a series of core courses required for the Wildland Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement and Associate of Science Degree program. This course provides students with information necessary to understand basic wildland fire behavior, wildland fire predictions, and wildland fire operation safety. Wildland fire environmental factors and the tools required to monitor weather and fire behavior will be discussed as it relates to wildland fire predictions. This course meets or exceeds the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
3rd Semester
FTEC 106 - Fire Protection Equipment and SystemsM3.0
FTEC 106 - Fire Protection Equipment and Systems (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology student with information pertaining to the design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

FTEC 105 - Building Construction for Fire ProtectionM3.0
FTEC 105 - Building Construction for Fire Protection (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with an understanding of the essential components used in building construction that directly relates to fire safety. The elements of construction and design of structures, factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at fires will be discussed. The development and evolution of building and fire codes will be studied in relationship to past fires in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

Total Semester Units:16.0 
4th Semester
FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire AcademyM18.0
FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire Academy (18.0 units)

Prerequisite:FTEC 044; FTEC 101; FTEC 102; FTEC 103; FTEC 104; FTEC 105; FTEC 106
Advisory:MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for recently employed firefighters and other interested students. Topics covered include organization of the public and private fire service, characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazards and firefighter safety, extinguishing agents and related extinguishing equipment, fire protection systems and water supply, incident command system, confined-space rescue awareness, building construction and assemblies, basic fire fighting tactics and strategy, fire prevention, hazardous materials, emergency care, wildland firefighting, rapid intervention, rescue systems, and physical fitness. This course meets the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) requirements for designation as a “California Firefighter I Accredited Academy” (Accredited Regional Academy (ARA) by the California State Fire Marshal). Students who complete this course also receive California certification in Vehicle Extrication, Fire Control I, Fire Congrol II, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational, Confined Space Rescue Awareness, Rescue Systems I, S-110, S-130, S-190, Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics, and ICS-200. This course requires completion of a medical physical examination and includes arduous physical activity.

Total Semester Units:18.0 
Total Units for Fire Technology AS program 67.5† 
Notes:
Note: If you are interested in the Fire Academy, please select:
Semester 2 - FTEC 121 and FTEC 044
Summer 1 - EMT 093
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
FTEC 101 - Fire Protection OrganizationM3.0
FTEC 101 - Fire Protection Organization (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides Fire Technology or other interested students with an overview of fire protection issues. Included will be an introduction to the philosophy and history of fire protection and fire service. The organization and function of public and private fire protection services, the laws and regulations affecting fire service and the role of fire departments as part of local government will be explored. Basic fire chemistry, fire protection systems, firefighting strategies and possible career opportunities in fire related fields will also be addressed.

FTEC 103 - Fire Behavior and CombustionM3.0
FTEC 103 - Fire Behavior and Combustion (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides fire technology or other interested students with an exploration of theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. An in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics, fire characteristics of materials, extinguishing agents, and fire control techniques will be explored.

CSU GE A1 - Oral CommunicationGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one: SPCH 100 ,101, 101H,140

CSU GE A3 - Critical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H; PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115; READ 101; SPCH 140

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
2nd Semester
FTEC 102 - Fundamentals of Personal Fire Safety and Emergency ActionM3.0
FTEC 102 - Fundamentals of Personal Fire Safety and Emergency Action (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

FTEC 104 - Fire Prevention TechnologyM3.0
FTEC 104 - Fire Prevention Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide fire technology or other interested students with 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 relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.

CSU GE B4 - Math/Quantitative ReasoningGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
FIN 101
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270
PSY 190

CSU GE B1 - Physical SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ASTR 110, 110H, 112*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150,151*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*
CHEM 110*, 120*,130*, 140*, 230*, 231*
GEOG 101, 101L*
GEOL 150,151*
PHY 120*, 150*, 160*, 211*, 212*, 213*

CSU GE E - Lifelong Learning/Self DevelopmentGE3.0

Select one:
ANTH 110
HUSR 123
CD 106
KIN 191, 192, 196
COUN 101 (F’11), 104, 151 (F’98)
NUTR 110
DD 214 (see counselor for details)
PSY 112, 121
EDEV 101 (F’15), 151
SOC 105, 110

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Summer 1
CSU GE C1 - ArtsGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 141
MUST 151
PHTO 130, 185
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

CSU GE D - Social SciencesGE3.0

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
A total of 9 units required in Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2 different disciplines. 

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125; CD 106, 208
CHST 101, 146, 148, 150
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135
GEOG 102, 103
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H,130
MSCM 128
PHIL 128, 128H, 135
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135, 140, 150
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114, 170, 180, 200
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148
SPCH 150

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
3rd Semester
FTEC 121 - Emergency ResponseM3.0
FTEC 121 - Emergency Response (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is intended for students that seek a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of a first responder. This class also meets the State of California Title 22 requirements pertinent to CPR, First Aid and AED (automatic external defibrillation) training as it relates to the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). This course will also certify the student in CPR for the healthcare professional.

FTEC 105 - Building Construction for Fire ProtectionM3.0
FTEC 105 - Building Construction for Fire Protection (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology or other interested students with an understanding of the essential components used in building construction that directly relates to fire safety. The elements of construction and design of structures, factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at fires will be discussed. The development and evolution of building and fire codes will be studied in relationship to past fires in residential, commercial, and industrial occupancies.

CSU GE A3 - Critical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ENGL 201, 201H; PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115; READ 101; SPCH 140

CSU GE B2 - Biological SciencesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'.

Select one:
ANTH 101, 101H, 101L*
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100*; PSY 210, 210H
BIOL 101*, 105, 105L*, 111, 111L*, 112*, 120, 120L*, 200*, 201*, 206, 222*, 226*
BIOT 100; PSY 210, 210H

CSU GE B3 - Lab ScienceGE1.0

Select one if lab has not been completed in CSU B1 or B2.
All labs or courses with labs are indicated by an '*'

CSU GE D - Social SciencesGE3.0

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
A total of 9 units required in Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2 different disciplines. 

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125; CD 106, 208
CHST 101, 146, 148, 150
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135
GEOG 102, 103
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H,130
MSCM 128
PHIL 128, 128H, 135
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135, 140, 150
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114, 170, 180, 200
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148
SPCH 150

Total Semester Units:16.0† 
4th Semester
FTEC 106 - Fire Protection Equipment and SystemsM3.0
FTEC 106 - Fire Protection Equipment and Systems (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides the fire technology student with information pertaining to the design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

EMT 093 - Emergency Medical TechnicianM8.0
EMT 093 - Emergency Medical Technician (8.0 units)

Prerequisite: FTEC 121
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 125

This course is designed to certify students as California State Emergency Medical Technicians and gain employment as an ambulance driver or ambulance attendant. After successful completion of this course, students will be authorized to take the National Registry EMT examinations and then request certification as an EMT through the Los Angeles County Department of Health or other local EMS accrediting agencies. Topics discussed include pre-hospital care terminology, cardiovascular emergencies, pre-hospital childbirth, communicable disease, extrication tools and equipment, automatic external defibrillation and an understanding of the Emergency Medical System. Students must pass a background check and EMT medical physical with a 10-panel drug screen.

US HISTORY (CSU GE C2)GE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. Students may choose one of the following US History courses to partially fulfill this requirement: HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170.

Total Semester Units:14.0 
Summer 2
CSU GE C1 or C2 - Arts or HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Arts
Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 121, 130, 135, 140
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H
GDSN 110
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 141
MUST 151
PHTO 130, 185
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110, 150

Humanities
Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202
CHIN 101, 102
CHST 146
ENGL 126
FR 101, 102, 201, 202
HIST 101, 102, 122,131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140
JAPN 101, 102
LATN 101, 102
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114,114H, 117,117H, 130, 130H, 140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H,144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140
POLS 128, 128H
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202
SPCH 130, 132

Select one: POLS 110 / POLS 110H GE3.0
POLS 110 - Government of the United States (3.0 units)

Notes:
All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. POLS 110 and POLS 110H partially fulfills this requirement.

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments.

POLS 110H - Government of the United States Honors (3.0 units)

Notes:
All CSU campuses have a graduation requirement in American Institutions. POLS 110 and POLS 110H partially fulfills this requirement.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: POLS 110 or POLS 110H)

This course surveys and analyzes the origins, principles, institutions, policies, and politics of U.S. National and California State Governments, including their constitutions. Emphasis is placed on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and an understanding of the political processes and issues involved in the workings of government. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It also is suitable for students wishing to expand their knowledge of local, state and national governments. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
5th Semester
FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire AcademyM18.0
FAC 118 - Firefighter I, Basic Fire Academy (18.0 units)

Prerequisite:FTEC 044; FTEC 101; FTEC 102; FTEC 103; FTEC 104; FTEC 105; FTEC 106
Advisory:MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for recently employed firefighters and other interested students. Topics covered include organization of the public and private fire service, characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazards and firefighter safety, extinguishing agents and related extinguishing equipment, fire protection systems and water supply, incident command system, confined-space rescue awareness, building construction and assemblies, basic fire fighting tactics and strategy, fire prevention, hazardous materials, emergency care, wildland firefighting, rapid intervention, rescue systems, and physical fitness. This course meets the State Board of Fire Services (SBFS) requirements for designation as a “California Firefighter I Accredited Academy” (Accredited Regional Academy (ARA) by the California State Fire Marshal). Students who complete this course also receive California certification in Vehicle Extrication, Fire Control I, Fire Congrol II, Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational, Confined Space Rescue Awareness, Rescue Systems I, S-110, S-130, S-190, Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics, and ICS-200. This course requires completion of a medical physical examination and includes arduous physical activity.

Total Semester Units:18.0 
Total Units for Fire Technology AS program (Transfer to CSU)87.0† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will identify minimum qualifications and entry- level skills for firefighter hiring; describe the following elements: application process, written exam process, physical agility exam, oral interview, chief’s interview, background investigation, and firefighter probationary process and identify fire service history, culture, and diversity.


2

Students will 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.


3

Students will 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.


4

Students will calculate flow requirements for fire apparatus, diagram a pump and plumbing schematic for fire apparatus, and apply mathematic formulae to hydraulics problems.


5

Students will identify and describe the apparatus used in the fire service and the equipment and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment.


6

Students will identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.


7

Students will differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems; design and diagram a wet and dry fire protection system; and identify alarm system components and their operations.


8

Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise, and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and firefighter safety, including: size-up, report-on conditions, Incident Command System, RECEO, 10 Standard Firefighting Orders, 18 situations that shout “Watch Out,” and common factors associated with injuries and line-of-duty deaths.


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  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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