Porterville College


Fire Technology

About our program...

The Porterville College Fire Technology program has been serving both working and prospective firefighters since the early 1980’s.  At the heart of the program is our State Fire Marshal Accredited Firefighter I Academy, conducted each Fall, and our Interagency Wildland Firefighter Academy which is held in the Spring.  Other courses are offered on an “occasional” basis to fulfill local needs. 

Our academy instructors are working fire service professionals from local, state and federal municipal and wildland fire agencies in Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties.   The program is coordinated by a retired fire department chief officer with over 35 years of “hands-on” fire experience and an extensive fire service training background.

The Tulare and Kings Counties’ Fire Chiefs Association, and the Tulare and Kings Counties Fire Training Officers Association both offer tremendous support to this program and serve as our program advisory group.  They also graciously make available the fire apparatus, equipment and professional training facilities necessary to ensure the continued success of this program.


Although the fire technology curriculum at Porterville College does not include a Fire Technology degree program, it may be possible to use fire technology courses as “electives” in other degree programs. 

Coupling an Associates degree in nearly any subject with completion of one, or both, of our fire academies, can greatly improve an individual's fire service employment opportunities.  It is important to recognize that the fire service is not just about fighting fire.  The fire service is a large business that employs people in a variety of positions.  Some non-fire control jobs include:

  • Clerical    
  • Warehousing
  • Automotive repair
  • Building construction
  • Facility maintenance
  • Business and finance
  • Human resources and personnel
  • Emergency and non-emergency medical services
  • Mapping and planning
  • Information technology
  • Communications
  • Education and training
  • Public information and media
  • Law enforcement and investigation

... and many more!


Career planning...

Starting a career in the fire service requires dedication and planning.  Successful job applicants have a good balance of education and training, physical fitness, and other qualities.  Our instructors are working fire fighters and fire officers who can provide invaluable insight and guidance to persons seeking employment in the fire service.   

About our Academies...

Porterville College conducts a Basic Fire Fighter-1 Fire Academy in the Fall and an Interagency Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy in the Spring each year.  Entry-level firefighter job opportunities in California are growing as municipalities work to fill vacancies created by retirements, and because of population growth, the need to staff additional fire stations. Firefighter salaries and benefits are very competitive and the personal satisfaction of being a firefighter is great.

Persons interested in an exciting and rewarding career in the fire service should consider attending one, or both, of our fire academies.

The one semester Basic Firefighter-1 Academy is conducted from August through December and helps prepare graduates to apply for entry-level firefighter positions with most fire departments in the state of California.  It is accredited by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal and provides the training students need for certification by the State Fire Marshal as a Firefighter-1.  Please visit our Firefighter I Academy page for more information…

The Interagency Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy is conducted on ten weekends annually in February through April.  Graduates from this Academy  meet the minimum requirements for an entry-level seasonal firefighter position with Cal Fire (CDF), the United States Forest Service, and other Federal fire suppression agencies.  Seasonal firefighting can provide the experience needed to become eligible to apply for full-time employment with many fire agencies, and is a good way to decide if a career in the fire service is right for you.  Please visit our Wildland Academy page for more information…

Contact Information …

For more information, contact:
Mario G. Garcia - mario.garcia1@portervillecollege.edu  (559) 333-0344
Please limit inquiries to essential questions. Due to the volume of  emails received about our Fire Academies, response to inquiries may not be immediate, but your email  will be answered as soon as possible.

Fire Technology: Structural Fire Fighter - Certificate of Achievement CA

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

The Fire Technology Structural Fire Fighter Certificate program is intended to provide students with the skills, understanding and hands-on training needed for fire service employment opportunities. The Fire Technology Structural Fire Fighter Certificate program focuses on an introduction to fire protection education, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields, philosophy and history of fire protection, fire loss analysis, organization and function of public and private fire protection services, fire departments as part of local government, laws and regulations affecting the fire service, fire service nomenclature, basic fire chemistry and physics, basic fire control strategy and tactics, and common fire protection systems. Additional emphasis is given to foundation skills and assessment techniques to care for an ill or injured person in the pre-hospital setting and follows state regulations for EMT-I training and leads to certification at the county level.

Program Learning Outcomes: The goal for the Fire Technology Structural Fire Fighter Certificate program is to provide an opportunity for students to complete a short-term, intensive, hands-on program preparing them for employment in the public safety industry. Upon completion of this program students will be able to: Define fire department organization and culture and the expectations of entry-level fire department personnel; demonstrate knowledge of fire department equipment through the selection and application of equipment for given firefighting tasks; analyze and assess fire fighter hazards inherent to the profession; demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through multiple methods of communication including: written, electronic, face to face, and radio transmitted messages; demonstrate knowledge of strategies, tactics and incident command through the selection and implementation of firefighting methods, and the application of the Emergency Command System; describe the history, purpose and scope of fire departments and their sub functions; describe the educational requirements, duties, and information sources for various occupations in fire protection; identify the basic components of fire as a chemical reaction, the major phases of fire, and the primary factors that influence fire behavior and fire spread; identify the types of common fire department apparatus, equipment, and personal safety equipment used for firefighting; identify the various organizations, codes, standards and ordinances, which regulate fire protection; identify the various types of public and private fire protection and water supply equipment and systems; describe the basic fire fighting strategies and tactics; describe the basic elements of fire fighter safety and survival; describe and demonstrate the proper patient assessment procedure for medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, airway management, breathing, and circulation interventions; describe and explain the patho-physiology of common diseases in the pre-hospital setting; describe the role and identify the responsibilities of the EMT-Basic; pass the National Registry Examination for certification as an EMT-Basic.

The certificate program requires 24.5 units for completion.

Required Courses:  
FIRE P101 - Principles of Emergency Services 3 units
FIRE P050 - Fire Fighter I Academy 13 units
EMTC P050 - Emergency Medical Technician Basic 8.5 units
Total Units 24.5 units

Effective Summer 2014

Wildland Firefighter - Job Skills Certificate JSC

Wildland Firefighter Skills Award successful completion will result in the student meeting the “Basic 32” training requirements of the Federal fire agencies and issuance of the appropriate related certificates.

Graduates of this Academy will meet the minimum wildland fire training requirements typically necessary to apply for seasonal wildland fire control positions with most State and Federal fire agencies in California.

Program Learning Outcomes: Identify basic fire service organization and command and control systems; identify basic elements of wildland fire behavior; identify basic wildland fire control terminology, principles and procedures; demonstrate ability to perform essential basic fire ground tasks with minimal supervision; demonstrate ability to use, inspect and maintain basic wildland fire fighting tools/equipment; identify basic fire line safety principles and procedures.

Completion of six and one half (6.5) units required to receive the skills award. Students may earn this certificate by completing the required course with a minimum grade of “B”.

Required Courses  
FIRE P051 - Interagency Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy 6.5 units

June 16, 2015

Kern Community College District