The Fire Technology program offers students an opportunity to study fire behavior, fire protection and control techniques, core concepts of culture, safety, and requirements for the fire service. The program also gives the student a chance to interact with professionals in the field and develop their skills to become an entry-level firefighter or help to promote a career firefighter. The classes provide the student with a knowledge of public and private fire service careers that include, but are not limited to; firefighting, arson investigation, fire prevention, fire service management, and public safety. Program options in the Fire Technology department include Certificate of Achievement and Associate Degrees in Fire technology. This program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model from the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland, and is a component of accreditation from the California State Fire Training.
MSJC offers a range of course work to prepare students for the workforce or to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All four-year institutions prescribe their own standards for course evaluation and admissions. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an associate degree in this program might not be the same as those required for transfer into a similar major at a four-year university.
Transfer students are advised to do research on prospective majors and careers through the Career/Transfer Center and the MSJC catalog. Students interested in transferring to CSU’s or UC’s can access major preparation by visiting http://www.assist.org. All students are advised to meet with a counselor at least once a semester to create or update their comprehensive education plan.
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- Analyze Fire Service theories and techniques as well as conduct research on specific topics related to the Fire Service.
- Exhibit a working knowledge of the various aspects of the Fire Service to include but not limited to Fire Department structure, operations, educational and experiential requirements for firefighting jobs.
- Use technology to process information to identify and address problems.
- Develop good oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to address problems while working as part of the team.
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Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer. Labor market statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, O-NET, EMSI.
|Career/Industries||CA Annual Median Salary or Range||Employment Demand or Opening CA|
|Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors (C, A)||$155,581||34|
|Fire Investigators (SM, C)||$106,340||32|
|Forest Fire Inspectors & Prevention (B)||$45,858||14|
|Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedic (C, SM)||$28,054||493|
(degree required: SM some college, C: Certificate, A: Associate degree, B: Bachelor’s degree, M: Master’s degree, D: Doctorate)