At some point in their life, many boys and girls want to be a firefighter. The excitement of red lights, sirens and a commitment to serve, all play into the attraction. Deep down, firefighters are born with a desire to solve challenges and help those in need. CTEC offers an opportunity to see if a career in firefighting is for you. Classroom instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on skills operations are all a part of the year-long Fire Technology program.
FIRE TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS LEARN:
- SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus)
- Hazardous materials awareness
- CPR and basic/advanced first aid and life support instruction
- Ladder use and safety
- Hose handling
- Rescue ropes and knots
- Pump operation
- Wildland and ground fires
- Basic hand tool sharpening and use
- Equipment maintenance
- Firefighter survival
- Fire behavior and fire chemistry
- Oral interview presentation
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
Certifications offered to students completing the Fire Technology program include:
- HAZWOPER Awareness Certificate (Hazardous Materials Awareness)
- OSHA Confined Space Awareness Certificate
- First Aid and AHA CPR Certificate
- Basic 32 Wildland Fire Certification (ICS 100, S-130, S-190, Fire Shelters)
- Candidates Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Fire Technology students should have average or better skills in reading and writing. Students should also have a solid attendance record. This is a physically demanding program. Students must be prepared to run, lift and carry heavy equipment.
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AVAILABLE
Students earn 15 units of elective credit each semester toward their high school graduation.
College prep course. A-G approved. Meets area "G" approval for UC and CSU admissions.
BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE
This is an actual college-level course. CTEC Fire Technology is a dual enrollment class in conjunction with Bakersfield College. In addition to receiving the above KHSD credit, students may earn 3 college units in FIRE B1 Fire Technology first semester and 3 additional units in EMTC B51 Emergency Medical Responder second semester.
CAREER PATHWAYS AND RELATED OCCUPATIONS
This is a career awareness class that instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Firefighting students often pursue careers in the following:
- Metro Firefighter
- Wildland Firefighter
- EMT / Paramedic
- Safety Officer
- Fire Dispatch
- Fire Inspectors and Investigator
- Forestry Ranger