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Fire Technology - Public Safety Training Courses

In-service training courses offered for fire personnel through the Public Safety Training Consortium. Course numbers will be assigned as needed, and Consortium titles will be used. The curriculum for each course offered adheres to Title V requirements.

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 in-service training courses, including State Fire Training certified classes. Although open to the public, the majority of these courses are intended to serve those already employed in a variety of Public Safety careers.

The application and registration process is completed at the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium Center located near the Evergreen Valley College campus. The curriculum for each course offered adheres to State of California Title 5 requirements.

For more information about the courses available, including requirements and schedules, please visit the South Bay website or call (408) 270-6458.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

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.

Units: 15.5
Degree Credit
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.
Corequisites: None