Fire Science Technology

What will I learn in this program?

Students completing the two-year program in Fire Science Technology receive an Associate of Sciences Degree in Fire Science Technology, and a Certificate in Fire Protection.  In addition, if a student satisfactorily completes the Fire Fighter One Academy, they receive an Educational Fire Fighter One Certificate, which qualifies them to test with fire departments throughout the State of California. Fire Academy graduates have the skills, knowledge and abilities to use fire service tools and equipment, such as self-contained breathing apparatus, fire service ladders, power tools, hydraulic equipment, forcible entry and ventilation equipment, and medical equipment. Fire Academy graduates have additional certifications in Introductory Wildland Fire Behavior, Auto Extrication, Confined Space Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations and Incident Command System 200. 

Students can enroll in F SC 105 Work Experience and be assigned to various fire department locations in San Francisco and surrounding communities and gain valuable on-the-job work experience.  Students are exposed to various career paths such as Firefighter, Fire Prevention Inspector, Arson Investigator, 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 (2006-2016)

Forest and Conservation Technicians





2,700 (California)



4,900 (California)

Building Inspector


Faster than Average Growth

Fire Inspectors and Investigators



Students completing the Fire Fighter One Academy are eligible to apply for Firefighter Cadet Programs with local fire departments.  This presents opportunities for possible hiring by these local fire departments. 

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

FSC 111 Fire Fighter Academy prerequisites are F SC 50-Introduction to Fire Science Technology, F SC 115- ICS 200, F SC 17 First Responder (or EMT/EMTP{ in lieu of}), and a current medical release from a physician to participate in strenuous physical activities in the Fire Academy program. 

Does this program have any special costs?

Material/Equipment fees are approximately $500-$600 to cover uniform requirements, safety equipment requirements, certification fees charged by State Fire Training, and any costs associated with the medical release requirements.

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

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:

Department contact information:
Ocean Campus
Jim Connors, Interim Department Chair
(415) 239-3202
Airport Campus
(650) 821-0211

Program coordinator information:
Jim Connors, Fire Academy Co-Coordinator
(415) 239-3202, (650) 821-0211

Bill Long, Fire Officer and Work Experience Coordinator
(650) 821-0211