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Mission College offers fire tech and EMT training in the Bay Area. Located in Santa Clara, our courses prepare you to meet California firefighter requirements.
The only community college in the county to offer an Associate's in Fire Protection Technology, faculty are officers from local fire service agencies.


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How to Become a Fire Fighter

To become a firefighter, you will need to pass the programs listed below. A Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is also required yearly to ensure you are physically fit.

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EMT Training Bay Area

FPT 65, FPT 65C, and FPT 65L meet the requirements for certification as an EMT-I. A CPR course must be completed as a prerequisite.

EMT Training
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Fire Fighter 1 Academy

The Fire Fighter 1/EMT Academy Certificate provides the minimum required training in California.

Fire Academy
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Fire Technology Degree

Earn a Fire Tech degree. Transfer to four-year schools, meet employment reqs, or advance at work.

A.S. Fire Tech Degree
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Internship Program

A effort between Mission and fire departments that serve Santa Clara County & beyond.

Fire Internship

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I got hired by the Santa Clara County Fire Department in 2002 and still hold my position as a proud Firefighter and Engineer. This also inspired me to develop Blaze of Glory Fitness to help prepare, train, guide and motivate potential firefighters.

Shay Mountford '98

Firefighter and Fitness Coach

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Career Outlook
Skills Needed
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Practical skills in operating and using tools
  • Decision making
  • High physical fitness
  • Ability to act quickly, adapt and to remain calm
  • Self discipline
  • Integrity
  • Tolerance to variety of personalities
  • Following directions and regulations
  • Leadership
Select Jobs in the Field
  • Firefighter
  • EMT and Paramedic
  • Fire Chief or Captain
  • Safety Manager
  • Fire Sprinkler Designer
  • Fire Marshall
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Fire Inspector

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Nursing Classes

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and fire fighter training is well-supplemented by courses in nursing. We also offer CPR through our Health Occupations program, which is required for our eight unit EMT course sequence. Learn more about nursing courses.

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Nutrition Courses

Good nutrition is essential to staying physically fit. Learn to cook and eat healthy for optimal results. Learn more about nutrition courses.