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Fire Tech & EMT Program

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Mission College offers accredited firefighter and EMT training in the Bay Area. We function as a "One Stop Shop" for all your firefighter career needs.
  • Faculty are officers from local fire service agencies.
  • Prepare to meet California firefighter requirements.
  • We are the only community college in the county to offer an Associate's in Fire Protection Technology.


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Firefighter 1 Academy

The Firefighter 1/EMT Academy Certificate provides the minimum required firefighter training in CA. 

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Fire Technology Degree

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

Fire Tech Degree
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Internship Program

A effort between Mission and fire departments that serve Santa Clara County & beyond. Gain experience for future employment.

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 Degree Programs

EMT and firefighter training is well-supplemented by nursing. We also offer CPR classes and certification 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.