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​Fire Technology Program

Fire Technology is the study of the organization and function of fire prevention and suppression techniques; fire behavior, combustible materials, extinguishing agents, hazardous and toxic material; fire protection techniques and systems; fire command and fire management (supervision).

Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate and/or baccalaureate degrees in fire technology or fire service commonly include firefighter, fire engineer, paramedic, forest service worker, health and safety officer, fire prevention specialist, fire inspector, and hazardous materials specialist.

College of the Desert's fire technology curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as specific courses in design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems; fire protection features in building design and construction; wildland fire behavior and fireline techniques; trench rescue, confined space awareness and automobile extraction.

The College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology and an Associate of Science degree. The certificate of achievement is designed to provide students with skills necessary for employment or advancement as an entry level firefighter. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an associate or baccalaureate degree in the field.

Past recipients of the COD Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology have obtained positions as firefighter, firefighter/EMT and paramedic. Students earning an associate's degree in Fire Technology may pursue positions as a firefighter, paramedic or firefighter/EMT or may choose to continue their study in fire technology or fire service toward a bachelor's degree.

Advisor: Scott Ventura - asventura@collegeofthedesert.edu 760-636-7996

     
    FIRE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE
    for Employment Preparation
    Dept. No. Title Units
    Required Courses:
    FIRE 1 Fire Protection Organizations 3
    FIRE 2 Fire Prevention 3
    FIRE 3 Fire Protection Equipment & Systems 3
    FIRE 4 Building Construction / Fire Protection 3
    FIRE 5 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
    FIRE 7 Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival 3
    Required Subtotal 18
    Electives - Choose 4 units (with Advisor approval):
    ​FIRE ​6 ​Hazardous Materials / ICS 3.0​​
    ​FIRE 8​ Firefighting Strategies & Tactics​ & Tactics​ ​3.0
    FIRE 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3.0
    FIRE 70 Confined Spaces - Awareness 0.5
    FIRE 72A Trench Rescue 0.75
    FIRE 77A Fire Investigation 1A 2.5
    FIRE 77B Fire Investigation 1B 2.5
    FIRE 78A Training Instructor 1A 2.5
    FIRE 78B Training Instructor 1B 2.5
    ​FIRE 78C​ ​Training Instructor 1C 2.5​
    FIRE 79A I-100: Intro to ICS 0.5
    FIRE 79B I-200: Basic ICS 1.0
    FIRE 79C I-300: Intermediate ICS 1.5
    FIRE 79D I-400: Advanced ICS 1.5
    FIRE 90A Fire Prevention 1A 2.0
    FIRE 91A Fire Command 1A 2.0
    FIRE 91B Fire Command 1B 2.0
    ​FIRE 91C​ ​Fire Command 1C 2.5​
    FIRE 92 Fire Management Supervision for Company Officers 2.0
    ​BIT ​26 Building II and Fire Codes​ 3.0​​
    ​EMT 80​​ ​Emergency Medical Responder ​3.0
    ​EMT 84​ ​Emergency Medical Tech I ​6.0
    CERTIFICATE TOTAL 22

     

     

    FIRE TECHNOLOGY A.S. DEGREE
    for Employment Preparation
    Dept. No. Title Units
    Required Courses:
    FIRE 1 Fire Protection Organizations 3
    FIRE 2 Fire Prevention 3
    FIRE 3 Fire Protection Equipment & Systems 3
    FIRE 4 Building Construction / Fire Protection 3
    FIRE 5 Fire Behavior & Combustion 3
    FIRE 7 Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival 3
    Required Subtotal 18
    Electives - Choose 22 units (with Advisor approval):
    ​FIRE 6​ ​Hazardous Materials / ICS ​3.0
    ​FIRE ​8 ​Firefighting Strategies & Tactics​ & Tactics​ ​3.0
    FIRE 10 Wildland Fire Technology 3.0
    ​FIRE 63A​ Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 1) 9.75
    ​FIRE ​63B ​Basic Fire Fighter I Academy (Part 2) 8.75
    FIRE 70 Confined Spaces - Awareness 0.5
    FIRE 72A Trench Rescue 0.75
    FIRE 77A Fire Investigation 1A 2.5
    FIRE 77B Fire Investigation 1B 2.5
    FIRE 78A Training Instructor 1A 2.5
    FIRE 78B Training Instructor 1B 2.5
    ​FIRE ​78C ​​Training Instructor 1C 2.5​
    FIRE 79A I-100: Intro to ICS 0.5
    FIRE 79B I-200: Basic ICS 1.0
    FIRE 79C I-300: Intermediate ICS 1.5
    FIRE 79D I-400: Advanced ICS 1.5
    FIRE 82A Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1A: Emergency Vehicle Ops 2.0
    FIRE 82B Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator 1B: Pump Operations 2.0
    FIRE 90A Fire Prevention 1A 2.0
    FIRE 91A Fire Command 1A 2.0
    FIRE 91B Fire Command 1B 2.0
    ​FIRE 91C​ ​​Fire Command 1C ​2.5
    FIRE 92 Fire Management Supervision for Company Officers 2.0
    ​BIT 26​ ​Building II and Fire Codes​ ​3.0
    ​EMT ​80 ​Emergency Medical Responder ​3.0
    ​EMT ​84 ​Emergency Medical Tech I ​6.0
    Required Subtotal 18
    Electives (with Advisor approval) 22
    General Education Requirements 18
    Kinesiology Activities   2
    DEGREE TOTAL 60
 
BASIC FIREFIGHTER
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
FIRE 63A Basic Fire Fighter Academy I - Part 1 11.0
FIRE 63B Basic Fire Fighter Academy I - Part 2   7.5
CERTIFICATE TOTAL 18.5
 
Graduating cadets may apply for a Basic Firefigther Certificate of Achievement.
 
Instructions for filling out the application:
  1. Click and log into "MyCOD Portal" on the main website.
  2. Click "A&R Forms" located on the left side of the webpage.
  3. Select "Certificate Application." 
  4. Please fill out the application completely.
  5. Click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.
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