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Fire Technology



Frequently asked questions

What makes a good firefighter?

Those who succeed as firefighters usually are seeking a career that is more than just a job, where they can make an difference in their communities. They are also motivated, with self-initiative and have a good work ethic. Being a firefighter is physically demanding, so start getting in shape now to prepare.


How much does the program cost?

Current enrollment fees for residents and non-California residents are published on the college website at www.losmedanos.edu/admissions/fees. Textbooks for each course will need to be purchased and the LMC Bookstore will stock books for each course immediately before each course begins. Some of our courses have lab fees; an example is EMS 10, which has lab fees between $50 and $100. Consult the LMC catalog for individual lab costs. Some other materials fees may apply. Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available for those in financial need.


How long does it take to complete the Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement program?

You can determine your own pace for completing the certificate or degree. It takes the average student 3-4 semesters to complete all of the certificate courses including the Emergency Medical Technician (EMS 10) class. The Associate of Science in Fire Technology can be completed in 2- 2 ½ years.


Can I transfer fire and EMS courses from other colleges to Los Medanos College?

Classes taken at another California Community College are transferable to Los Medanos College. Classes taken at any private institution are normally not transferable. You may submit a waiver form obtained in the LMC Admissions Office in an attempt to have other classes taken at private facilities to be reviewed at LMC.


Does Los Medanos College provide employment assistance?

Yes, both the Fire and Emergency Medical Services programs at LMC have strong connections with regional industry partners in fire and ambulance services. Faculty in both programs will provide you with employment leads; however, employment is not guaranteed through Los Medanos College.


Does Los Medanos College offer an accredited fire academy?

LMC has a fire academy that prepares our students for the next step to becoming a firefighter. The LMC Fire Academy is accredited through the California State Fire Marshal's office. The Academy is a 15-unit program that strictly follows the State Fire Marshal's curriculum.