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Firefighting is a career for the truly steadfast. The Fire Technology program prepares students for a career in the fire service and provides educational and training opportunities for employed and volunteer firefighters.

The Associate Degree and Certificate programs incorporate the standardized Fire Technology curriculum identified by the offices of the California State Chancellor and State Fire Marshal. You’ll learn all the guidelines and regulations to ensure both the safety of you and the public. With this curriculum, you’ll be prepared for any fire-related crisis, minimizing loss of life and property on a daily basis.

Elective courses are those developed under the guidelines of related fire service training and educational programs such as CFSTES (California Fire Service Training and Education System), DOT (Department of Transportation), FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), F.S.T.E.P. (Fire Service Training and Education Program) and NFA (National Fire Academy).

Most Fire Technology courses, up to 30 units, may be transferred to CSU.


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Fire Technology

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

Fire Technology Gainful Employment Information

A certificate is designed to provide vocational skills; it is not equivalent to an A.A. or A.S. degree. Grades of “C” or better must be earned in all courses required for the degree or certificate. Students earning certificates must complete 50% of required course work at Sierra College.
Fire Technology Certificate
Occupations (SOC code - links to summary report) Fire Fighters
Municipal Fire Fighters
Forest Fire Fighters
Fire Inspectors/Investigators
Fire Inspectors
Fire Investigators
CIPC Code 430201
Semester Units Required 30
Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)** 18
Estimated Total Fees $1,452
Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies $2,370
Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total $10,236
Students Completing the Program 2011-12* 40
On-Time Completion Count* 1
On-Time Completion Rate (%)* 3%
Median Loan Amount* 0
* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Analyze and apply measures to resolve problems in areas of fire suppression, fire prevention and EMS.
  • Recognize the importance of ethics, professionalism and diversity within the fire technology field.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral presentations and written reports.
  • Demonstrate technical, cognitive, and psycho-motor skills necessary to achieve and maintain employment in the fire service.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fire service industry.


Mark Buttron Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Patrick Mason Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

John Rogers Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Image Location: Roseville Gateway 205-A
  • (916) 781-6251/6250
  • (916) 630-6258

Sara Basque Administrative Assistant, Public Safety

Brad Amaral Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Jeffrey Carman Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Patrick Chew Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Timothy Crum Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Mark D'Ambrogi Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Kevin Guerrero Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

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Gregory Guyan Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Martin Holm Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Tommy Hostetter Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Matthew Jewett Fire Instructor, Fire Technology

Fred Lopez Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Tim Palmer Fire Technology Coordinator, Part-time Instuctor, Fire Technology

Tim Palmer is the Fire Technology Coordinator at Sierra College.  Tim has over 30 years of fire service experience having served as a... More

Mark Romer Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Erich Schwab Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

John Shelton Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

Joshua Sunde Part-time Instructor, Fire Technology

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