Porterville College

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


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