Fire Technology at College of San Mateo - Degrees & Certificates
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Fire Technology

Degrees & Certificates


Associate in Science Degree

Fire Technology 60 units


Certificate of Achievement

Fire Technology 33-35 units

Recommended high school preparation:

Coursework in Mathematics, English, and use of microcomputers, including spreadsheet and word processing applications.

University Transfer Program

Use Assist ( to identify lower division major preparation for the California State University and the University of California systems. For independent or out-of-state colleges and universities use their catalogs to locate this information. Transfer Services can assist you to gather this information.

The Fire Technology program prepares students to meet the high standards necessary in pursuing a career in the fire service as a firefighter, or a member of related fire protection services such as emergency medical technician.

Students who wish to concentrate on meeting the basic requirements for entry-level employment are advised to complete FIRE 793 and FIRE 797. Many of the fire agencies in California require completion of this training to meet minimum requirements for employment as a firefighter.

Students will develop entry-level expertise in the areas of fire suppression, fire prevention, training and administration. Opportunities also exist with private industry safety programs, insurance companies and fire equipment manufacturing firms.

The Fire Technology field offers enhanced opportunities for employment to students who have completed CSM’s program.

Through the expertise of the faculty and the exposure to professional fire service personnel, students can expect to be trained in the latest theories and techniques of fire technology, firefighting skills and emergency medical training.