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Fire Technology

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 Academy
Fire Degree / Certificates
Other Classes

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:

  • Identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for fire fighter 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 firefighter 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.

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.

Chris Delcour

Chris Delcour
Phone: (530) 938-5261

Jesse Roberts

Jesse Roberts
Phone: (530) 938-5573


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Fire Technology Program
Mike Wilson Scholarship

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Program Contact: Career and Technical Education
Phone: (530) 938-5512

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