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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Fire Technology

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Fire Technology
Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology
Certificate of Achievement in Firefighter I Academy
Certificate in BASIC 32

Fire Technology Program
www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/publicsafety/
Mike Maloney, Director (530) 879-4349
Department Office: AHPS 144 (530) 895-2402
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Fire Technology program is designed to give students the knowledge to pursue a career in fire science. Students will gain a broad working knowledge of building inspection and the many aspects of municipal and wildland firefighting.

Students interested in a fire science career have two options: the 19-week Firefighter I Academy or the two-year AS degree program.

Students should be in good physical condition. Academy applicants are required to pass reading and writing tests. A basic understanding of chemistry and competence in mathematics is desirable. Students who are still enrolled in high school and considering a career in fire science are encouraged to take classes in reading, writing, mathematics and chemistry.

Firefighter I Academy
The Firefighter I Academy prepares students for successful completion of the Firefighter I Certificate issued by the California Office of State Fire Marshal and to enter into the workforce as entry level firefighters.
The Firefighter I Academy is a special admission academy that is offered twice each year (Fall and Spring) as a 19 week program, 8 hours daily. Accredited by the California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) and the State Board of Fire Services as an Accredited Regional Fire Academy, the Butte College Firefighter I Academy is considered to be one of the premier fire academies in the country. Our Academy graduates have secured fire service positions in agencies from coast to coast. The majority of fire agencies in California require both a CSFM Firefighter I certificate and an EMT-Basic certificate to qualify for a position as a firefighter. The Butte College Firefighter I Academy far exceeds these requirements. Physical conditioning is an important concern in the fire service. During the Academy, cadets receive more than 100 hours of combined physical fitness and agility course training by certified physical fitness instructors, Graduates will not only be in good physical condition, but will also be prepared for the difficult, varied and competitive fire service physical agility entry-level testing. For more detailed information or to apply to the Butte College Firefighter I Academy, please visit our website at: http://www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/publicsafety/fire_academy.html. />

Career Opportunities
The A.S. should be considered a step toward a higher degree or specialized instruction. Students who complete the two-year A.S. degree will be able to seek employment in many different areas including careers in firefighting, building inspection and fire prevention.

Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0136200CA.html

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Fire Technology 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods of extinguishment, differentiate the stages of fire, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • Identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations, and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and firefighter health and safety.
Required courses for the major: 27 Units

Electives - Select 9 units from the following:9


Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology 27 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods of extinguishment, differentiate the stages of fire, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • Identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations, and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and firefighter health and safety.
Required courses for the certificate:
ENGL 2 Reading and Composition Has prerequisite(s)3
KIN Requirement-General Fitness Family3


Certificate of Achievement in Firefighter I Academy 29 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the components of a personal fitness program and develop a personal fitness program that will allow them to pass a standard fire fighter employment physical ability examination.
  • Successfully perform tasks which combine manipulative and technical competency required for California Firefighter I certification.
  • Successfully perform tasks which combine manipulative and technical competency required for national certification for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Required courses for the certificate:
FSC 106 Firefighter I Academy Has corequisite(s)26


Certificate in BASIC 32 3 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Describe wildland fire behavior.
  • Describe safety tactics to be utilized in fire control operations.
  • Develop a basic fire operations incident action plan and demonstrate skills of wildland fire suppression.
Required courses for the certificate:

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