The College of the Siskiyous Fire Technology (COSFT) program is designed to provide the pre and post employment skills required for the career and volunteer firefighter. The program is approved as an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) by California State Fire Training (SFT). The ARTP status allows us to operate as an arm of the SFT Office and to test and certify locally. The program prepares students for careers in firefighting, provides in-service training to career and volunteer firefighters, and includes certification as a Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Company Officer. A number of specialized courses certified by SFT, National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), along with other specialized training and lectures are also offered.
Fire Technology Mission Statement
The mission of the College of the Siskiyous Fire Technology is to train recruits, Career and volunteer Firefighters with the knowledge, skills and physical conditioning necessary to perform structure firefighting, wildland firefighting, technical rescue and HAZMAT duties, while instilling our core values, work habits and high skills expected as a firefighter.
COS Mission Statement
We are a comprehensive community college serving the economic, educational, lifelong learning, and workforce needs of Siskiyou County and the other communities our programs reach. College of the Siskiyous provides students a strong education leading to associate degrees, certificates, college transfer, career and technical education, workforce training, and basic skills preparation. We understand the transformative power of higher education and seek to inspire students by offering inclusive and practical learning experiences that are relevant in today’s global economy and environment. We strive to prepare our students to align their newly-gained skills and experiences with those best suited to the work they wish to pursue and the lives they wish to lead. At the same time, we aim to inspire our students to engage actively, question deeply, reason critically, think boldly, communicate effectively, act innovatively, work collaboratively, and live ethically.
Upon successful completion of this program the student should be able to:
Firefighter*, Fire Investigator, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer, Fire Prevention Officer, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Rescue Technician, Emergency Services Administrator.
*Firefighter positions can be found with the following agencies: City Fire Service, County Fire Services, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the United States Forest Services, Bureau of Land Management, and other private agencies.
Students can earn Occupational Work Experience units through supervised employment in an on-the-job learning environment relating to their career goals. For more information, visit our Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) page.
Program Contact: Career and Technical Education
Phone: (530) 938-5512
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