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
Pre-service instruction in basic firefighting knowledge and skills. Lecture and manipulative
instruction in all areas of responsibility for a firefighter. (Certificate of course
completion issued by the Fire Technology Department.)
Pass/No Pass Only
Lecture hours/semester: 136-153
Lab hours/semester: 168-189
Homework hours/semester: 272-306
Prerequisites: Proof of Emergency Medical Technician certification or Paramedic licensure. FIRE
715 or equivalent course from another accredited California Community College Fire
Technology program. Successful completion of an additional three units of Fire Technology
coursework. Admission to the Fire Academy.