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Fire Tech and EMT

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Fire Technology and EMT 

The fire service is one of the most dynamic employers in the country. The program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully apply for fire service careers.

The curriculum serves as an in-service program as well as a pre-employment program for employment or advancement in the profession of fire fighting and fire prevention technology.

  • Earn an Associates in Science degree (A.S.)
  • Gain up-to-date technical information.
  • Take field trips to various fire service locations.
  • Network with fire service professionals.

Shay Mountford climbing a ladder in her firefighter gear.

I got hired by the Santa Clara County Fire Department in 2002 and still hold my position as a proud Firefighter and Engineer. This also inspired me to develop Blaze of Glory Fitness to help prepare, train, guide and motivate potential firefighters.

Shay Mountford '98

Firefighter and Fitness Coach

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How to Become a Firefighter

To become a firefighter, of which Mission College has trained many into our community, you will need to pass the following programs below.

Degree in Fire Technology

Mission offers a 60.0 unit associate of science in fire technology.

We suggest meeting with a counselor to go over indivdual needs and to come up with an ed plan.

PDF of the Fire Protection degree

Fire Fighter 1 Academy (starting Fall 2021)

Mission College will offer a full-time (16 week) Basic Firefighter 1 Academy starting in the Fall and Spring semesters. The Academy is planned to take place M-F, 9:00am - 5:00pm. The Firefighter 1 Academy is a collaborative effort between Mission College and the Fire Departments serving Santa Clara County. This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry level Professional and Volunteer Fire Fighter to perform his/her duties safely, effectively, and competently.

  • The curriculum is based on the most current editions of the following;
  • NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 1051 Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications
  • NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents.

State Fire Training requires that both Volunteer and Professional Fire Fighters complete a Fire Fighter 1 Academy. The course provides the student with knowledge and skills to safely perform, under minimal supervision, essential and advanced fire ground tasks, basic rescue, basic fire prevention and fire investigation task and to use, inspect, and maintain firefighting and rescue equipment.

This curriculum provides the minimum required training by the State Fire Training in the field of fire technology as it relates to firefighters. Students may be assigned to work with a local fire department for a specified number of hours during this course.


Current Spring FPT students taking KIN 039A Fire Agility need to contact the FPT Department Chair, Dave Rose and submit a pre-requisite clearance form so they can register for the academy.


  • KIN039B Fire Agility Course or CPAT Exam
  • FPT065 - Emergency Medical Technician Theory
  • FPT065C - Emergency Medical Technician 1 Clinical Experience
  • FPT065L - Emergency Medical Technician Laboratory
  • And/or EMT Certification.
  • Upon completion of your EMT Course you must take & pass the National Certification Exam to receive certification in the state of California as an EMT.
  • HOC002 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


  • KIN039C - Fire Agility – Intermediate


  • KIN039D - Fire Agility – Advanced

Tuition and Fees: The total cost of the academy is approximately $2000-4000. Half of the amount is for uniforms, books, materials, equipment and gear and the remaining amount covers tuition, registration fees, materials fees and certification fees.

A Medical Clearance is required to participate in the Fire Academy.

EMT Program
EMT Program

Many students choose to be a part of our EMT "program" which are three courses of 8.0 units over the same semester:

  • FPT 065 (EMT Theory/Lecture)
  • FPT 065L (EMT Lab)
  • FPT 065C (EMT Clinical

The prequesite for the program is the American Health Association BLS for Healthcare Provider (CPR) class. This is offered as HOC 002 at Mission College and is a one day course.

Fire Prevention Internship Program

The Fire Prevention Internship Program is a collaborative effort between Mission College and the Fire Departments serving the Santa Clara County and beyond.

Participating in the Internship will give students the experience to obtain fire prevention knowledge in the field, gain practical experience for future employment, as well as allow the Fire Departments to evaluate the student as a potential candidate for future employment.

Students will link their classroom learning with actual job experience in the fire prevention field through assignments as interns in the Fire Prevention Division with Fire Departments in Santa Clara County. 

The assignments will include working one on one with Deputy Fire Marshals, Fire Inspectors, Plan Examiners and all other duties of the Fire Prevention Division. Students will learn the inspection process, plan review, record keeping, as well as learning how to apply their knowledge in the field while interfacing with the public.

Fire Prevention Interns will complete 10-14 hours per week Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Interns may be assigned to 2 different agencies and complete up to 4 semesters for the internship.

Download PDF for qualifications.

Submit Your Interest

Email your interest.

Candidate Physical Ability Test
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is administered through the California Firefighters and is designed to measure the capabilities of firefighting recruits. More information is here 

It is a yearly certificate to make sure you are physically fit to be a firefighter.

Career Options
  • Firefighter
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Plan Check Engineer
  • Fire Officer
  • Chief Fire Officer

Note: some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the Associate Degree level may be required for preparation for transfer to a university program.

More Information on career paths from our Transfer Center

Fire Tech Courses

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Fire Tech Agility

Train for the CPAT! Run the Fire Tower! The toughest course you'll ever love! KIN 39A-D.

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Wildland Fire Tech

Gain the skills necessary to fight a wildland fire.

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Hazardous Materials

Get an in-depth study of a variety of combustable materials.

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Rescue Practices

Learn the proper skills to examine a patient, provide medical care and work in confined spaces.

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Health Occupations

Some of our Fire fighters have found that some classes in our nursing program could be of some use.

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Learn to Eat Right

Keep your body in shape with a nutritional science class.