Certificate | SC Program: CT.3444

Firefighter 1 includes everything necessary to; learn the essential skills, obtain the required knowledge and abilities to perform at the entry level in a volunteer or paid fire department as a firefighter in the State of California. This Academy adheres to the curriculum as required by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office (CAL-FIRE) for certification by their office as a “Certified Firefighter 1”. Certification is obtained only after successful completion of the Firefighter 1 Academy, and a minimum of six months full time employment with an organized, paid fire department, or twelve months of part time employment with an organized volunteer fire department. Upon successful completion of the Academy and the required work time, the Chief of the department in which the student works verifies successful work completion and the student makes application for their California State Firefighter 1 Certificate.

The Firefighter 1 Academy is an intense program including rigorous physical conditioning, English designed for firefighters as well as classroom and field training with the same tools and appliances used by the fire service. During the later portion of the academy students earn a State Fire Marshal Certificate for “Fire Control Three” as part of their Live Fire Training. The course also includes Emergency Medical Responder in which the students earn certification from the California Emergency Medical Authority.

Note: No college in California certifies individuals as Firefighter 1 or Firefighter 2. All certifications are issued by the California State Fire Marshal. This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate.

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Spring Semester

21 Units Total
FIRS 104
Fire Fighter 1 Academy
FIRS 104
Units 21
Advisory: FIRS 397 with a grade of P

1. The California State Fire Marshal's Office requires that all Firefighter I summative tests be completed with a minimum score of 80% (a grade of B or higher). Any student who does not meet this standard will have failed FIRS 104 and will not receive credit for the course.
2. Any student enrolling in FIRS 104 must have completed the prerequisites of FAID 132 or FAID 332 at Shasta College (or their equivalents at another institution), OR FAID 75 at Shasta College (or the equivalents at another institution). Students who attempt to satisfy these prerequisites with courses from another institution must provide transcripts that verify a minimum grade of B (80%) has been met.

This course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry level professional fire fighter to perform his/her duties safely, effectively, and competently. The curriculum is based on the current edition of NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, the current edition of NFPA 1051 Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, and the current edition of NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. The overarching themes of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Fire Fighter 1 and 2 curriculum are: general knowledge germane to the profession, fire department communications, fireground operations, rescue operations, preparedness and maintenance, wildland suppression activities, flammable liquids and gas fire fighting, and hazardous materials/WMD. This academy is an Accredited Regional Training Program approved by the California State Board of Fire Services. Final certification as an IFSAC/Pro Board certified Fire Fighter 1 is achieved upon successful completion of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal's manipulative and cognitive testing for Fire Fighter 1. Certification as an OSFM Fire Fighter 2 is achieved upon successful completion of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal's manipulative and cognitive testing for Fire Fighter 2, and is verified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal after the student completes the Academy and works as a volunteer Fire Fighter for one year or a full-time paid Fire Fighter for six months. Students successfully completing this course will receive numerous standalone certificates in structure and wildland fire suppression; Auto Extrication, Confined Space Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations (Pro Board), and others. Note: This course meets five days a week with occasional night classes, and additional weekend days as required. Preset/scheduled dates and times may be shifted as needed to accommodate facility usage, equipment demands, weather, skills development needs and instructor availability. When dates and times are shifted, the total amount of required class time will not differ from those hours as listed on the first class handout.
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