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Fire Protection Technology

Fire Technology and EMT 

The fire service is one of the most dynamic employers in the country. This program is designed to provide the student with updated skills and knowledge necessary to complete and successfully apply for fire service careers. The curriculum serves as an in-service program as well as a pre-employment program for students seeking employment or advancement in the profession of fire fighting and fire prevention technology.

  • Can earn an associates in science degree (AS)
  • Gain up to date technical information
  • Take field trips to various fire service locations
  • Network with fire service professionals

Our 1-Hour Facebook Video on the FireTech Program

How to Become a Firefighter

To become a firefighter, of which Mission College has trained many into our community, you will need to pass the following programs below.

Degree in Fire Technology

Mission offers a 60.0 unit associate of science in fire technology.

We suggest meeting with a counselor to go over indivdual needs and to come up with an ed plan.

PDF of the Fire Protection degree

Fire Fighter Academy 1

Mission College is in the process of securing the Fire Fighter Academy 1 courses in Fall 2020. They are expected to be between 14-16 units. The average class time is 24 to 30 hours per week.

EMT Program
EMT Program

Many students choose to be a part of our EMT "program" which are three courses of 8.0 units over the same semester:

  • FPT 065 (EMT Theory/Lecture)
  • FPT 065L (EMT Lab)
  • FPT 065C (EMT Clinical

The prequesite for the program is the American Health Association BLS for Healthcare Provider (CPR) class. This is offered as HOC 002 at Mission College and is a one day course.

Candidate Physical Ability Test
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is administered through the California Firefighters and is designed to measure the capabilities of firefighting recruits. More information is here 

It is a yearly certificate to make sure you are physically fit to be a firefighter.

Career Options
Career Options:
  • Firefighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Plan Check Engineer
  • Fire Officer
  • Chief Fire Officer

Note: some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the Associate Degree level may be required for preparation for transfer to a university program.

More Information on career paths from our Transfer Center

How about one of these exciting Fire Tech courses?

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Fire Tech Agility

Train for the CPAT! Run the Fire Tower! The toughest course you'll ever love! KIN 39A-D.

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Wildland Fire Tech

Gain the skills necessary to fight a wildland fire.

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Hazardous Materials

Get an in-depth study of a variety of combustable materials.

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Rescue Practices

Learn the proper skills to examine a patient, provide medical care and work in confined spaces.

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Health Occupations

Some of our Fire fighters have found that some classes in our nursing program could be of some use.

Learn About Nursing

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Learn to Eat Right

Keep your body in shape with a nutritional science class.

Learn to Eat Right

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Career Education

Get hands-on training, real-world experience, learn from industry professionals and gain skills to get you hired.

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