Fire Science/Technology

Rapid population growth has resulted in the expansion of the firefighting departments at the city, county, state, and federal government levels, as well as the military and various private agencies. With that growth comes increased competition, however, and is why we've developed the technical and manipulative training at Columbia College to be one of the best offered anywhere.

Fire Technology program students receive individual instructor support through our Fire Academy. Columbia College is also one of only two community colleges in California to operate its own fire station, staffed by students enrolled in the program. Through an agreement with the Tuolumne County Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the on-campus station responds to over 350 calls a year.

The Columbia College Fire Technology program is an  Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP), as approved by the Office of the State Fire Marshal's State Fire Training Division.

Core Fire Science/Technology classes include:

  • Emergency Medical Responder and CPR
  • Emergency Medical Technician Training
  • Fire Prevention Technology
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Firefighter Academy

Related Electives include:

  • Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Work Experience in Emergency Medical Services
  • Driver/Operator

Fire Science Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level: At the Associate's Level: With Additional Training or Bachelors Level:
Firefighter Deputy Fire Chief Safety Manager/Consultant 
Wildland Firefighter Fire Captain  Fire Chief 
Ambulance Services Fire Dept. Communications Manager Fire Protection Engineer
Professional Rescuer CPR  Fire Sprinkler Designer   Fire Inspector
Search and Rescue  Arson Investigator  Environmental Health & Safety Manager


Students successfully completing the Associate Degree have a solid foundation for pursuing a career or further education in Fire Science/Technology or a related field. To transfer to a university for a Bachelor's Degree, please see a counselor for your best major preparation and general education pattern for your specific goals.

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