College of San Mateo is a member of the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training
Consortium. The Consortium is funded by member colleges to provide vocational specific
training which may require special facilities, special training conditions, or is presented outside of the regular schedule of college classes.
South Bay offers training courses for Fire Service and Emergency Medical Service personnel.
Although open to the public, some of these courses are intended to serve those already
employed in a variety of Public Safety careers. Perspective students must meet the
pre-requisites listed in the course description.
The application and registration process is completed at the South Bay Regional Public
Safety Training Consortium Center, which is located on the Coyote Valley campus of
Gavilan College. Course numbers will be assigned as needed, and Consortium titles will be used. Course
curriculum adheres to Title V requirements, as well as the specifications of the associated
For more information about the courses available, including requirements and schedules,
please visit the South Bay website or call (408) 229-4299.
Minimum Grade for Prerequisites
Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
This course provides training in basic firefighting knowledge and skills through lecture
and manipulative instruction in all areas of responsibility for a firefighter. Topics
include fire suppression, handling hose/ladders, operating hand and power tools, completing
salvage functions, performing rescue operations, and responding to hazardous materials
emergencies. Intensive, physically demanding course that meets daily for eight hours.
Pass/No Pass Only
Lecture hours/semester: 128-144
Lab hours/semester: 360-405
Homework hours/semester: 256-288
Prerequisites: Sponsorship by a fire service agency as a professional firefighter. Successful completion
of, or concurrent enrollment in, a State Fire Marshal certified basic firefighting
academy or equivalent as determined by the Coordinator of the Fire Technology program.
NOTE: Approval of equivalent training is not a guarantee state regulatory or licensing
agencies will also grant equivalency. Successful completion of a National Registry
certified Emergency Medical Technician: Basic course or equivalent as determined by
the Coordinator of the Fire Technology program. NOTE: Approval of equivalent training
is not a guarantee state regulatory or licensing agencies will also grant equivalency.