• Fire Science


    Students will be introduced to Fire Department and Emergency Services related fields and techniques used to perform the job. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, employability, and career readiness practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

    • Time management and organization
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Work with a variety of technology
    • Creative thinking and problem solving
    • Job search skills including resume, job applications, and effective interview skills
    • Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service

    Class Benefits

    • 30 high school credits earned per year
    • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job

    Earned Outside of (Following) the Class:

    Students completing the course with a grade of “B” or better may be granted college units at the following community colleges:

    • Foothill College – 5.0 units
    • Mission College – 6.0 units
    • Possible Education & Career

    Continuing Education

    • AA/AS in Paramedic, Chemistry, Public Health, Fire Technology
    • EMT or Police Academy
    • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 29-2041.00
    • Firefighters 33-2011.00
    • Forest Firefighters 33-2011.02
    • Municipal Firefighters 33-2011.01
    • Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers 43-5031.00
    • Police Patrol Officers 33-3051.01

    University Majors & Degrees (BA or BS)

    • Public Administration
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Environmental Studies
    • Communications
    • Public Health
    • Criminal Justice
    • Chemistry
    • Park Management
    • Occupational Studies
    • Public Safety
    • Emergency Management
    • Strategic Intelligence Studies
    • Health Studies Disaster and Emergency Management
    • Fire Inspectors 33-2021.01
    • Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors 33-1021.02
    • Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors 33-1021.01
    • Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists 33-2022.00
    • Fire Investigators 33-2021.02
    • Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers 17-2111.02

    Certifications Earned Within the Class

    FEMA Tests:

    • S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training
    • S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
    • Q-0118 Community Service Educator
    • Q-0462 Introduction to ICS-100
    • Q-0463 Basic NIMS for Operational First Responders ICS-200
    • Q-0890 Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism
    • Q-0751 Principles of Building Construction

    State Certifications:

    • First Aid, Basic CPR
    • Health Care Provider CPR
    • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)
    • Emergency Medical Responder

    State Tests:

    • Confined Space Awareness
    • Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations

    Job Opportunities Upon Completion

    • Firefighters/Firefighter EMT/EMT
    • Lifeguards 33-9092.00
    • First Responders
    • Protective Service Workers
    • Security Guards 33-9032.00
    • Home Health Aides 31-1011.00

    About the Instructors

    Oscar Tovar entered the Fire Service/First Responder field in 1990. He has worked with South County Fire, CAL Fire and in 1994 he achieved his dream of working with San Jose Fire. At San Jose Fire, Oscar has served as a firefighter, Fire Inspector, and was promoted to Fire Captain in 2003. Oscar is a full-time firefighter. He has over 4000 teaching hours in the fire service and medical fields.

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