Fire Technology

The Fresno City College Fire Technology Department was founded in 1992 by Mike Collins, Retired Battalion Chief with the City of Fresno Fire Department. We have been an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) through the California Office of the State Fire Marshal since 2014 and we were re-accredited in 2022. Our training programs are adaptive and innovative, and we are a recognized leader in developing public safety professionals and programs that push traditional limits by utilizing available technological advancements, continuously improving processes, and emphasizing a student-focused program. We continually evaluate and assess our programs and training delivery methods to ensure that we provide exemplary training to our students. 

Our commitment to our core values of service, accountability, integrity, professionalism, leadership, and innovation serves as the catalyst needed to accomplish our mission, chase our vision, and guide us in our pursuit of excellence. 

MISSION - To develop, influence, and inspire career-ready professionals through training, education, and mentoring in the fire service, EMS, and public safety professions with an emphasis on integrity, professionalism, discipline, accountability, and leadership. 

VISION - To be a THE leader in delivering state and nationally-accredited programs and courses, through improvements in infrastructure, technology, delivery, content, and quality. We will continually strive to provide new opportunities to our students for advanced training and ongoing education that exceeds current standards. 

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Basic Fire Academy

The 22-week Basic Fire Academy is designed to provide the extensive hands-on training required by many fire agencies for entry-level employment and prepares students to become a State of California Certified Firefighter I. Students earn several State Fire Training certificates throughout the academy, which makes them highly desirable candidates for employment with state and local agencies.

Fire Academy Information

Fire Technology Degrees

Two Associate in Science degree programs are offered including a Fire Technology Associate in Science degree and a Fire Technology/Company Officer Associate in Science degree. Credit for Prior Learning may be applied toward degree completion for State Fire Training courses completed. These degree programs are meant to prepare students for advancement in their fire service careers.

Fire Technology Degree Information

EMT Certificate and Paramedicine Degree

The Emergency Medical Technician program is offered three times yearly: an 18-week Spring and Fall offering in day and evening formats and a 9-week Summer offering. Our program utilizes some of the most advanced training technology and equipment available. The basic training course consists of 216 didactic hours and 24 hours of a field internship, arranged with local EMS agencies. A new Paramedic Associate in Science degree will be available in Fall 2024.

EMT and Paramedic Information

State Fire Training Certificates

Office of the State Fire Marshal State Fire Training certificate courses are offered in various topics including, but not limited to Company Officer, Driver Operator, Fire Instructor, Fire Investigator, Fire Rescue, Incident Command, and Chief Officer. These are offered throughout the year at our new state-of-the-art campus and are typically much more cost-efficient than those offered by other professional training centers.

State Fire Certificates Information