Fire Protection Technology

Program Description

The Fire Protection Technology program offers degrees and certificates in a number of fields associated with the technology of fire protection, rescue, and public safety. The program provides theory and training necessary for successful performance in a variety of settings and positions. Emphasis is placed on modern methods of fire prevention, fire suppression, fire service management, open water lifeguarding, and public safety.

It is highly recommended for Entry Level Firefighter students to concentrate on starting with the EMT certification courses and Fire Technology Courses (FIPT 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 120).  Students must be a Registered EMT to attend the Fire Academy. (Completed the National Registry EMT Course).

Fire Academy 1 Academy at Miramar



The Miramar College Fire Academy consists of twelve courses taken together in a cohort model. Below is the list of courses that meet the requirements for the State Fire Academy and Cal Fire Basic Academy.  These courses are "bundled" together in a full-time option (Fall or Spring Semester) and a part-time option Fall and Spring Semesters. Interested students will apply to the Fire Academy.  The Fall Full-time and Part-time Applications are available each June. The Application for the Spring Full-time Application is available the month of November.  When student demand is greater that (50) applicants, a lottery system is used to determine enrollment.

Full-time enrollment may differ for Veteran students using their GI Bill® Benefits. Please contact the campus Veterans Affairs Office at miramarveterans@sdccd.edu to find out how the rate of pursuit affects you.

The application for the Spring 2021 Fire Academy is NOW closed.  The next application period for both the Full-Time Fall of 2021 and Part-Time Firefighter 1 Academies and CAL FIRE Basic Academy courses will be the month of June 2021. Please complete the Student Interest Form for future information and application announcements.

Fire Academy Course Requirements

 Course Description


 Introduction to Fire Suppression Manipulative Tasks (Beginning) - 80 Hours


 Introduction to Fire Suppression Manipulative Tasks (Intermediate) - 80 Hours


 Introduction to Fire Suppression Manipulative Tasks (Advanced) - 80 Hours


 Truck Company Operations (old 150D) - 80 Hours


 Wildland Fire Control (old 110A) - 56 Hours


 Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations - 24 hours


 Confined Space Awareness - 8 hours


 Firefighter Survival - 24 hours


 CAL FIRE Bridge Course (Special Topics) - 24 hours


 I-200 Basic Incident Command System (ICS) - 16 Hours


 Frontline Responder - 1A Behavior Heath & Cancer (NEW) - 8 Hours


 Skills Review & Certification Exam (Fire Control III) - 80 Hours

  Italicized courses are required to earn the CAL FIRE BASIC Certification  


Students who complete the required Fire Academy Training are eligible to participate in the FIPT 381G Skills Review and Certification exam to meet Firefighter I Exam requirements for State Fire Training.  Students who successfully complete the requirements for the SFT Firefighter I Exam are eligible for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Seal.

San Diego City Basic Firefighter 1 Academy

The San Diego City Fire-Rescue Department trains firefighter recruits in a 16-week, Fire Academy. Contact San Diego Fire-Rescue for information for their Fire Academy and hiring process. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Academy is no longer affiliated with San Diego Miramar College.

Firefighter 1 Academy at Heartland

The Heartland Fire Academy trains pre-hire students and open enrollees to earn several Firefighter Certificates and State Fire Training Firefighter 1 Certification. Contact  www.heartlandfiretraining.org for most up to date information for the Regional Fire Academy. The Heartland Fire Academy is no longer affiliated with San Diego Miramar College.  Students attempting to earn their Entry Level Firefighter Degree may still be able to complete their degree requirements by attending this academy and earning their Firefighter 1 Certification. Heartland and Southwestern College are now in partnership for this academy.

San Diego County Fire Authority

In order to be eligible for entry level employment, students must complete FIPT 101, 110A, 150A, 310A, 322B, and 323B in addition to EMGM 105A. These courses cover mandatory training requirements to be eligible for employment for most fire departments. The courses also prepare the student to enter a fire academy, depending upon the employer. Successful completion of these courses is required to apply to Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire and is highly suggested for entry level students. A full time student may complete all of these in as little as one semester.

CAL FIRE Firefighter Basic Certification

In order to be eligible for the CAL FIRE Basic Firefighter Certification, students must complete FIPT 110A, 150A, 150B, 322B, 322C, 323B and 394L.  (These courses are included in the Fire Academy cohort) In addition, interested students must past the CAL FIRE BASIC Firefighter Written Exam and Ladder Exam included in 150B and 394L.  Successful completion of these courses is required to apply to Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire and is highly suggested for entry level students. A full time student may complete all of these in as little as one semester.

Additional information may be obtained from the program’s website: http://www.miramarfiretechnology.com

Program Emphasis

Program options in the Fire Protection Technology department include Certificates of Achievement and Associate Degrees in Fire Protection, Fire Prevention, Company Officer and Open Water Lifeguard Professional. The students are required to complete 33.5 units of fire protection technology courses for the Associate Degree. . It is highly recommended that pre-employment students concentrate on the Entry Level Firefighter courses. 

Career/Transfer Options

Some of the many career opportunities in the field of firefighting/lifeguarding include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Insurance Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Fire Protection Systems Installer
  • Emergency Medical Services Provider
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Lifeguard

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Fire Protection Technology program will be able to:

  • Identify minimum qualifications and entry level skills for firefighter hiring. The student will be able to describe the following elements: application process; written exam process; physical agility exam, oral interview, chief’s interview; background investigation; and fire fighter probationary process. Students will identify fire service history, culture and diversity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and fire fighter safety including: Size-up, report on conditions, Incident Command System; RECEO; 10 Standard Firefighting Orders; 18 Situations that Shout “Watch Out “; and common factors associated with injuries and line of duty deaths.
  • Identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations, and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances, and firefighter health and safety.
  • Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  • Calculate flow requirements for fire apparatus, diagram a pump and plumbing schematic for fire apparatus, and apply mathematic formulae to hydraulics problems.
  • Identify and describe the apparatus used in the fire service, and the equipment and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment.
  • Identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety. Differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems. Student will design and diagram a wet and dry fire protection system, and identify alarm system components and their operations.

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