Fire Science Technology Courses
Basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions and assist higher level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel at the scene and during transport and perform basic interventions with minimal equipment. Meets national EMS education standards for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) level training.
All sections will charge a material fee of $5.00.
ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English
Introductory course to fire science that examines fire technology, department organizational structures, Incident Command System, fire protection systems and equipment, and provides an overview of careers in fire investigation, fire prevention, and fire suppression. The class meets the Fire Fighter I and II certification of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA?) Standard 1001.
PREREQ.: F SC 50
This elective in the Fire Science major is for students pursuing a career in the Fire Service to obtain a better understanding of situational awareness when responding to emergency incidents. This course also prepares those who hope to improve their firefighting skills and prepare for promotion.
F SC 50 Introduction to Fire Science is a pre-requisite for F SC 51A.
A study of automatic sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, fire detection devices and systems, manual fire suppression equipment, water supplies, extinguishing agents, pumps used in fire protection, smoke management systems and special extinguishing systems.
PREREQ: F SC 50
Components of building construction that relate to fire safety; elements of construction and design of structures as key factors when inspecting buildings; preplanning fire operations and operating at fires; development and evolution of building and fire codes studied in relationship to past fires in residential, commercial and industrial occupancies.
PREREQ.: F SC 50
The course will cover wildland fire behavior, fireline safety, fire prevention, fire extinguishment methods, strategy and tactics, Incident Command System, communications, use of fire apparatus, aircraft, bulldozers, and handcrews, and analysis of wildland fire incidents. The course is also a pre-requisite for F SC 111 Firefighter Academy.
PREREQ: F SC 50 ADVISE: F SC 52A or F SC 53 or F SC 55 or F SC 61A or F SC 64
This course introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for emergency and non-emergency situations. The course curriculum will be guided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, such as National Fire Protection Association 1500, Fire Department Occupational Health and Safety Programs.
PREREQ.: F SC 50 ADVISE: F SC 52A or F SC 53 or F SC 64
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.
Technical rescue practices of the fire service-vehicle extrication, confined space, trench rescue, high & low angle rescue, building collapse scenarios, fire ground rescue operations, and aquatic response emergencies. Examines current tools and technologies, role of fire service heavy rescue, operational issues confronting basic level rescue providers.
PREREQ: EMT 14 or F SC 17; Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: F SC 111 or other Firefighter One training (certification not required)
This course provides the knowledge and skills to prepare a Firefighter to extricate victim(s) from vehicles in a safe and effective manner in accordance with Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) policies and procedures.
Theory and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled. An in depth study of fire chemistry and physics, fire characteristic of materials, extinguishing agents and fire control techniques.
COREQ.: F SC 111 ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English
This course is designed to accomplish an understanding of the operational level component associated with hazardous materials. Fulfills the requirements by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 and exceeds the requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.120 standard for competent response to Hazardous Materials / Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents.
ADVISE: F SC 50
How company officers in fire departments use human resources to accomplish assignments, to evaluate members on performance, to supervise personnel, and integrate health and safety plans, policies, and procedures into daily activities, and during emergency incidents.
Partial certificate course requirement for new Company Officer, which replaces the former requirements for Fire Officer that expired 12/31/2016.
ADVISE: F SC 50
General administration functions along with implementation of department polices and procedures. Addresses projecting the fire department's role, image, and mission to the public.
ADVISE: F SC 50
This course provides information on conducting inspections, identifying hazards and addressing violations consistent with fire service standards. The course also provides information for performing a fire investigation in order to determine the preliminary cause of the fire as well as procedures to follow for securing the incident scene and preserving evidence.
ADVISE: F SC 50
Approaching an emergency and observing scene, developing a strategy and assigning tactical resources to mitigate an emergency for single-family dwelling fires, multi-family dwelling fires, commercial fires, high rise fires, multi-casualty medical incidents and technical rescue incidents.
ADVISE: F SC 50
Reporting incident conditions, analyzing incident needs, developing and implementing a plan of action to deploy incident resources, completing all operations to suppress a Wildland fire, creating an incident action plan, and completing incident records and reports.
Provides the skills and knowledge needed for entry level professional instructor to perform his or her duties, safely, effectively, and competently. Follows National Fire Protection Association 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor.
Also, meets partial requirements for Instructor 1 and Company Officer, California State Fire Marshal Office, State Fire Training
Meets minium requirement for San Francisco Fire Department for Training Instructor at the Division of Training (DOT).
Partial certificate course requirement for new Company Officer or certification for Instructor 1 to teach State Fire Training Level 1 courses. Also, meets requirement to teach at the San Francisco Fire Department Training Academy.
ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English
Provides basic knowledge and skills in the preparation of facility emergency plans; fire prevention and protection; life safety systems; evacuation and relocation procedures; earthquake preparedness; management of various emergencies and coordinating with emergency responders. This course is for those falling under jurisdictions of the San Francisco Fire Department, California State Fire Marshal's Office, and Fire Protection Division of California Health and Safety Code.
F SC 106=JRNY 106
PREREQ.: F SC 17 or EMT 100; F SC 50; F SC 55; F SC 62; PE 29A; Approval of Administration of Justice/Fire Science Department
Off-campus work experience with the San Francisco or South San Francisco Fire department. Student job performance will be evaluated by an on-site supervisor for compliance to the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1001 physical skills. Meets requirements by California State Fire Training for Firefighter 1. One unit of credit is earned for each 60 hours of unpaid, or 75 hours of paid work.
Formerly F SC 105A
PREREQ.: F SC 107A; F SC 111 or a certificate of completion from a California regional Fire Academy; EMT 100 or state EMT certification; Approval of the Administration of Justice/Fire Science Department
Off-campus work experience with the San Francisco Fire department as an unpaid intern. Student job performance will be evaluated by an on-site supervisor and the CCSF instructor. Meets requirements by California State Fire Training for Firefighter 1. One unit of credit is earned for 60 hours of unpaid or 75 hours of paid work.
Formerly F SC 105C
PREREQ.: Approval of Administration of Justice/Fire Science Department; F SC 110
Field application of principles taught in F SC 110 Basic Fire Academy. This course is used with other fire service agency training such as in the San Francisco Fire Department. One unit of credit is earned for each 60 hours of unpaid, or 75 hours of paid work.
PREREQ.: EMT 100; AHA BLS Healthcare Provider or Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer; Pass the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT); Live Scan; Possession of a valid California Driver's License
Basic Fire Academy is for entry level Firefighter positions with San Francisco Fire Department. Training meets the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and California State Fire Marshal Office of State Fire Training, and the Firefighter (2019) curriculum. Emphasis is on Firefighter training, Wildland Firefighter training, and Hazardous Materials /Weapons of Mass Destruction training.
Course is scheduled at San Francisco Fire Department training facilities, and is designed for the San Francisco Fire Department according to pre-requisites outlined in this course
PREREQ.: F SC 17 or EMT 100; F SC 50; F SC 55; F SC 62; PE 29A COREQ.: F SC 107A; F SC 65 ADVISE: F SC 52A or F SC 53 or F SC 57 or F SC 61A or F SC 64
Students trained to latest State Fire Training Firefighter One standards, National Fire Protection Association standards for Firefighter One. F SC 111 focuses on structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, and hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction.
Additional student fees required for State Fire Training (SFT) written and skills testing, SFT Fire Service Training and Education Program (FSTEP) training courses that are part of the Fire Academy, and safety equipment and uniforms required for Fire Academy participation
PREREQ: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: FEMA ICS 100-b, available at the FEMA.gov website
This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). This course focuses on the management of single resources in initial and developing incidents.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Homeland Security. It examines the history and events leading up to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. This class will examine the interoperation between local, state, federal and non-governmental organizations regarding mitigation, preparation, prevention, response and recovery in an all-hazards environment.
F SC 145 = ADMJ 145
PREREQ.: F SC 50
Fire Science 150 includes the principles, procedures, and best practices for obtaining a job in the fire service. Students develop strategies for success, career track planning, setting career goals, resume writing, test taking, and interview skills will be emphasized and put into practice during this course.