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Fire Technology

Next Fire ACADEMIES FALL 2018 , Spring 2019 and FALL 2019

please contact gsierra@losmedanos.edu or mgrillo@losmedanos.edu for more information.


fire technology


"I have learned so much through the LMC Fire Technology Program, including how to work effectively within a team to achieve a common goal in varying and challenging situations. The instructors have vast experience in both the classroom and the field; the knowledge they share gives me the confidence to move forward with my career as a firefighter. Their enthusiasm for their profession creates excitement for what my future holds!"

– Chris Giddis
Fire Technology student, Fire Academy graduate

LMC Fire Technology classes are offered at two locations in the county at the Los Medanos College and the LMC Brentwood Center.


Los Medanos College offers programs to aid those pursuing or working in fire service careers. The first program consists of six semester-long classes leading to a fire technology certificate or degree.


A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing the required fire technology courses listed below in addition to completion of competency requirements (see catalog) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. An Associate in Science Degree may be earned by completion of the 26 units of required fire technology courses listed below plus College Associate Degree requirements (see catalog).


To receive a certificate an official request must be filed with the Office of the Dean of Career and Technical Education and departmental approval must be obtained.


The guide below suggests the order of classes that lead toward a certificate or an associate of science degree        


First Semester

Fire 101

Fire Protection Organization ( Pre-Req for the Fire Academy)


Fire 102 Fire Behavior and Combustion (Pre-Req for the Fire Academy)

Second Semester

Fire 103

Fire Protection Equipment and Systems


Fire 105

Fire Prevention


Third Semester

Fire 104

Building Construction for Fire Protection


Fire 107 Firefighter Safety and Public Education

Summer Semester /Spring Semester at anytime

EMS 10

EMT Program / This class plus NREMT certification are prereqs to attend LMC FIRE Academy/FIRE 120. Prerequisites for FIRE Academy:Fire 101, Fire 102, Fire 106 or valid CPAT Card and EMT License.


The above listing is a suggested sequence only. Some courses may have prerequisites. Students may take courses in any sequence except where a prerequisite applies.

See Course Catalog for complete information on specific requirements and course options to fulfill degree requirements. A Los Medanos College counselor may be of assistance for program planning and career guidance assistance.

This two-year associate of science degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in fire protection and for people presently in those careers wishing to improve their academic and technical skills and abilities.

The Fire Technology Program is based on the Uniform Fire Technology curriculum as approved by the State Board of Fire Services and the California Fire Chiefs Association.


Fire Technology Frequently asked questions


Students completing the two-year program in fire technology receive an Associate of Sciences Degree in Fire Science Technology, and a Certificate of Achievement in Fire Protection.

Students can enroll in FIRE 170 CWEE (COOP Work Experience), please follow this link: http://www.losmedanos.edu/cwee and be assigned to various fire department locations in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities and gain valuable on-the-job work experience.

Students are exposed to various career paths such as firefighter, fire prevention inspector, arsoniInvestigator,first responder, emergency medical technician and paramedic. All fire science course work is taught to National Fire Protection Association Standard 1001-Firefighter, California Fire Technology Director’s Association (CFTDA), and Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE).

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?



Average Annual Salary (California)

Expected Regional Demand

Forest and Conservation Technicians





2,700 (California)



4,900 (California)

Building Inspector


Faster than Average Growth

Fire Inspectors and Investigators




How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

A.S. in Fire Science Technology

Two years

Fire Protection Certificate

Two-four semesters

Fire Fighter One Certificate

Two semesters

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester


What are the benefits of taking these courses?

These courses provide an education in fire protection as well as fire prevention activities. They will be most helpful in preparing you a future in the fire service. Some of them are pre-requisites for entering the LMC Fire Academy.

Can I transfer fire classes from other colleges?

The California Community College system has very similar curriculum. In most cases you can transfer in units taken at another California community college. Contact LMC Counseling at 925-439-2181 ext. 3334 for an appointment.


How do I get more information on this program?

Department contact information:
Mike Grillo at 925-473-7750 or German Sierra at 925-473-7752