Fire Science Degree
If you want to become a Firefighter it is a must that you complete the following to be a prime candidate.
Keep in mind that this is only a sample from one college in the United States.
Associate in Science in Fire Technology:
Firefighting is a dynamic public safety profession that requires a wide and ever-changing range of knowledge and skills.
Areas of necessary knowledge include safety, fire behavior and suppression, rescue, emergency medical service delivery and operations, hazardous materials, building construction, detection and signaling systems and the incident command system.
This program focuses on preparing the student for their first career in the fire service.
This program includes educational opportunities for those employed within the fire service, as well as those within volunteer fire agencies.
Courses include those required for transfer to four-year colleges, those required to meet eligibility requirements for employment, and those required for incentive salary increases and promotions.
Program Learning Outcomes:
• Students will be able to engage in patient assessment considering patient pathophysiology and implement appropriate emergency medical care.
• Students will be able to identify and analyze building components, hazardous materials classifications and automated suppression systems.
• Students will be able to evaluate fire behavior and combustion and apply the appropriate fire suppression and rescue techniques.
Career/Transfer Opportunities: Career opportunities include the following: firefighter, firefighter EMT, emergency medical technician, fire investigator, fire prevention specialist, fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire officer, chief officer, hazardous materials, and public education.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of 60-degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0.
2. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
3. Completion of the Associate in Science graduation requirements.
Core Curriculum Courses Required:
CHM 030A Fundamentals of Chemistry 3.0 Units
FPT 051 Fire Protection Organization 3.0 Units
FPT 052 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3.0 Units
FPT 053 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 3.0 Units
FPT 054 Building Construction for Fire 3.0 Units
FPT 055 Fire Prevention Technology 3.0 Units
FPT 056 Hazardous Materials Technology 3.0 Units
MAT 000C Intermediate Algebra 5.0 Units
Plus 6 units from the following:
KIN 039A Fire Agility - Introduction 2.0 Units
FPT 057 Rescue Practices 3.0 Units
FPT 060 Wildland Fire Technology 3.0 Units
FPT 061 Fundamentals of Fire Suppression 3.0 Units
FPT 065 Emergency Medical Technician I Theory 6.0 Units
FPT 065C Emergency Medical Technician 1 0.5 Units
FPT 065L Emergency Medical Technician Laboratory 1.5 Units
FPT 180 Emergency Medical Technician-I Refresher 2.0 Units
Required Units for the Major: 32.0 Units
Completion of General Education Requirements and electives as needed to reach 60 units.
Total Required Units: 60.0 Units
Many students choose to be a part the EMT "program" which are three courses of 8.0 units over the same semester:
The prequesite for the program is the American Health Association BLS for Healthcare Provider (CPR) class.
This is offered as HOC 002 and is a one-day course.
Candidate Physical Ability Test
To schedule any CPAT event, please visit www.FCTConline.org.
The FCTC CPAT Testing Center is an indoor facility and is designed with the firefighter candidate in mind.
The Candidate Physical Ability Test, administered by Cal-JAC, measures the capabilities of firefighting recruits along eight job-specific areas.
For a modest registration fee, candidates receive an orientation and a rigorous, professionally run test covering the eight basic skills.
For an additional fee, the CPAT equipment will be available to candidates on scheduled practice days.
The International standards of the Candidate Physical Ability Test states that each candidate have the opportunity to attend at least two orientation sessions within 8 weeks prior to taking the test.
Additionally, the pre-test program offers each candidate the opportunity to perform at least two-timed practice runs prior to the test itself.
If you choose not to participate in this pre-test program, you will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging that you are aware of the pre-test program, and have declined to include it in your preparations to complete the CPAT.
The dress code is strictly enforced for safety. The CPAT dress code for all events
Candidates must be in proper CPAT attire before participating in any CPAT event.
Register and Schedule Early:
Delays in taking the CPAT may result in not meeting fire department application deadlines and may not allow for ample time for the pre-test preparation program.
We do not accept walk-in candidates at our testing centers.
All candidates must have an appointment in order to test.
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.
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