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Gordon Dakin
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            #1, Ext. 2199


Ron Johansen
Program Coordinator
Phone: (925) 373-5800
,
            #1, Ext. 2055
E-mail: rjohansen@
laspositascollege.edu


Spring Office Hours

Derek Krause
Phone: (925) 373-5800,
            #1, Ext. 2785
E-mail: dkrause@
laspositascollege.edu


John Torres
Phone: (925) 373-5800,
            #1, Ext. 2612



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WHAT IS THE JOB?
Firefighters protect communities against the loss of life, injury and destruction of property by fire. They may work at accidents, hazardous material spills, and in fire prevention. Firefighters work as a team with each person assigned to a special job. They respond to fire alarms, decide what action to take, locate the source of the fire, and connect hose lines and nozzles. Duties include operating and maintaining fire equipment and trucks. They may search for clues and conduct salvage operations. Those who operate heavy fire equipment have specialized skills.

WHAT ARE THE PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS NECESSARY FOR A CAREER AS A FIREFIGHTER?
Firefighters must be mentally and emotionally sound, in excellent physical condition and of good moral character. They must be willing to learn the many technical skills required and must be able to work closely and cooperatively with others, since fire fighting is a team effort. They must be able to pass physical tests and Civil Service tests. The A.S. degree in Fire Service Technology includes subjects covered in promotional examinations, manipulative training, general education, first aid and emergency medical procedures. Many departments require completion of the Firefighter I Program before accepting applications for employment.

WHAT IS THE EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK?
Slower than average growth is projected nationally. There continues to be more qualified applicants than job openings; however, the outlook for employment of firefighters in California is improving. Employment opportunities over the next ten years are projected to grow due to the retirement of a large number of current professional firefighters. In addition, a healthy economy has resulted in the growth and development of many communities. This growth will result in the need for additional fire services and individuals to fill those positions. Employment opportunities depend upon replacement of those who leave the occupation and upon availability of funds. Many agencies are working with tight budgets that may adversely affect growth in this field, especially in smaller communities. Applicants will experience competition, especially in populated areas. Prospects are fairly good for applicants who meet the health and physical qualifications and for those with college education such as the Fire Service Technology Program offered by Las Positas College.

WHAT ARE THE WORK CONDITIONS AND EARNINGS?
Firefighters perform work in physically demanding situations and for prolonged periods under dangerous conditions (this is one of the nation's most dangerous occupations). They are required to eat, sleep, and work at the firehouse while on duty. There are frequent periods of inactivity. Hours vary but often include being on duty 24 hours and then being off duty 24 or 48 hours. Firefighters may be exposed to toxic gases and fumes, flames, hazardous chemicals, heat, stress, and high levels of noise. Pay varies and depends on the type and size of employer and geographic location. Larger cities usually pay more than mid-size and smaller cities. State fire fighting personnel earn similar pay to the rest of the state but may earn higher pay than federal workers. Entry salaries range from $1,800 to $2,500 per month and top pay may exceed $5,200 per month.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR A.S. DEGREE

FRESHMAN YEAR SEMESTER UNITS

Core Courses:

Fire Service Technology 50* (Fire Protection Organization) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 51* (Fire Service Operations) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 52* (Firefighter Safety/Public Education) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 53* (Fire Behavior and Combustion) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 54 (Fire Prevention Technology) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 65* (First Responder Hazardous Materials/
                                                    Incident Command ICS 200) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 86 (Wildland Interface Fire Fighting) -- 2 units
Health 61* (Emergency Response) -- 2.5 units

General Education Courses:
Physical Education
English Composition (Language and Rationality)
Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Studies
Natural Sciences
Electives

SOPHOMORE YEAR SEMESTER UNITS

Core Courses:
Fire Service Technology 55 (Fire Protection Systems/Equipment) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 56 (Fund. Bldg. Const. for Fire Protection) -- 3 units
Health 81* (Emergency Medical Technician) -- 6.5 units
Fire Service Technology 90A (Firefighter I Cert. Prep. A) -- 2 units
Fire Service Technology 90B (Firefighter I Cert. Prep. B) -- 2 units
Fire Service Technology 90C (Firefighter I Cert. Prep. C) -- 2 units

General Education Courses:
American Cultures
American Institution/Health Education
Humanities
Communications and Analytical Thinking
Electives

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 60

*Classes so marked are required for entry into the Fire Service Technology 90A, 90B, and 90C courses (Fire Fighter I Certification Preparation)

(Note: State Firefighter I Certification Requires: Fire Service Technology 50, 51, 52, 53, 65, 90A, 90B and 90C, Health 61, 81, plus completion of a probationary period in an organized fire department or 1,000 hours of Fire Service Technology 95 and 96 (Work Experience).

The Fire Service Technology Program is based on the Uniform Fire Service Technology curriculum as approved by the State Board of Fire Services and the California Fire Chiefs Association. Successful completion of this program qualifies the pre-service student for State Firefighter I Certification upon completion of the probationary period in an organized fire department.

FOR SPECIFIC GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES REFER TO THE
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS LISTED IN THE COLLEGE CATALOG.

Program Requirements for 2002-2003
Certificate of Achievement

Fire Service Technology 50* (Fire Protection Organization) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 51* (Fire Service Operations) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 52* (Firefighter Safety/Public Education) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 53* (Fire Behavior and Combustion) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 54 (Fire Prevention Technology) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 55 (Fire Protection Equipment/Systems) -- 3 units
Fire Service Technology 56 (Fund. Bldg. Const. for Fire Protection) -- 3 units
Health 61* (Emergency Response) -- 2.5 units
Health 81* (EMT 1 Basic) -- 6.5 units
**Fire Service Technology Elective Option -- 2-3 units

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 32-33

**Option:

Select from the following for a minimum of 2 units:

Fire Service Technology 65 (First Responder Hazardous Materials/
                                                     Incident Command ICS 200)
Fire Service Technology 74 (Fire Investigation)
Fire Service Technology 86 (Wildland Interface Fire Fighting)

*Classes so marked fulfill the Fire Fighter I Certification requirements and are required for entry into the Fire Service Technology 90A, 90B, and 90C courses (Fire Fighter I Certification Preparation)

 

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