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The following Fire Technology courses are offered:

FT 110     Fire Apparatus    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to many aspects of fire apparatus. Students will be acquainted with apparatus design, specifications, and performance capabilities. Emphasis includes effective use of fire apparatus during fire emergencies. 

FT 170     Fire Investigation    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to the implications of accidental, suspicious, and incendiary causes of fire and examines arson as a crime. Students will analyze the behavior, nature, and chemistry of fire; the methods used in documenting, gathering, and interpreting evidence at a crime scene; proper note taking, report writing, court procedures, and courtroom presentation; the techniques of interviewing witnesses and suspects; and detention procedures for adults and juveniles. 

FT 190     Fire Tactics and Strategy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces the relationship between tactics and strategies on the fireground and emergency scene. Topics include principles of fire control through the utilization of manpower, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fireground. The course will take an all-risk approach to multiple types of target hazards and approaches. 

FT 192     Wildland Fire Control    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course covers fundamental components of wildland firefighting. Topics include firefighter safety and survival in the wildland environment, fundamental wildland fire behavior as it relates to weather, fuel, and topography, and wildland firefighting tactics and strategies.
  
FT 300     Fire Protection Organization    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an introduction to fire protection, career opportunities and related fire service fields. Topics include philosophy and history of fire protection, fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, and fire departments as a part of the local government. Additional topics include laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, specific fire protection functions, and basic fire chemistry and physics. This course is an introduction to fire strategy and tactics, and fire protection systems. 

FT 301     Fire Prevention Technology    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history, philosophy, and the goals of fire prevention. Topics include the organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire and building codes, fire investigation, and identification and correction of fire hazards. Additional topics include exploring the process of reviewing a building plan, report and record keeping, and the duties and responsibilities of a fire prevention officer. 

FT 302     Fire Protection Equipment and Systems    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides information relating to sprinkler design and the operation of fire detection and alarm systems. Topics include fire cause and effect, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection, standpipe systems, and portable fire extinguishers. Four local area field trips are required.
 
FT 303     Building Construction for Fire Protection    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course addresses the components of building construction that relate to the fire service.  Specific focus is on elements of construction and the design of structures that are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations and emergency operations at fires. Topics include wood, masonry, steel, and concrete construction, principles of fire and smoke growth, and fire resistance construction, the relationship between building types and Urban Search & Rescue Team capacity and Wildland/Urban Interface building requirements.  
  
FT 304     Fire Behavior and Combustion    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled. Topics include fire chemistry and physics, combustion processes, extinguishing agents, hazardous materials, and fire control strategies and tactics in various environments.
 
FT 305     Firefighter Safety and Survival    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: FT 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces the principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services profession. Emphasis is placed on occupational health and safety of firefighters and both personal and organizational accountability. Topics include safety, risk management, medical and fitness standards, industry standards relating to vehicle operation and road scene safety, firefighter fatality case studies and analysis. The course emphasizes best safety practices before, during and after the emergency incident.    
  
FT 310     Fire Service Hydraulics    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is part of the Fire Technology Degree program and covers the theory of water hydraulics, hydraulic distribution systems, hydraulic practices, and extinguishing agents used with fire service hydraulics. Additional topics include: the properties of water in rest and motion; water velocity and discharge; distribution systems; fire service pumps; friction loss calculations; engine and nozzle pressures; and fire streams. Other topics will focus on standpipe systems, automatic sprinkler systems, and foam systems.
 
FT 498     Work Experience in Fire Technology    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to fire technology. Students are advised to consult with the Fire Technology faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours:  316 hours LAB 
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within their current job. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms, which document the student’s progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the course of the semester, the student is required to fulfill 16 hours of class time and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience  is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken again when there is new or expanded learning on the job for a maximum of 16 units. 


Updated 6/11/14

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