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Fire Technology

A Foundation in Fire Service

The Fire Technology program of study at MVC prepares students for careers in fire service, from identifying fire and emergency incidents, to understanding the causes of fire, regulatory requirements, common health and safety concerns, and more.

Students that complete this program as a certificate or degree may be eligible for certification through FEMA's National Fire Academy.

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    Associate Degree
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    Transfer Degree
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    Credit Certificate
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    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Fire Technology

Associate of Science and Certificate

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The Fire Technology associate degree and certificate program prepares students for entry-level careers in the fire service. Students learn a foundation of core concepts, practices, vocabulary, culture, safety, and requirements for the fire service. This program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is a component of accreditation from the California State Fire Marshal.

This degree focuses on theoretical learning. For students interested in becoming firefighters, MVC also offers a Firefighter Academy.

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Why study fire technology?

Students that take Fire Technology courses at MVC receive instruction and training that meets and exceeds state standards, prepares them to start working immediately after graduation, and sets them on a path for a fulfilling, in-demand career.

What You'll Learn

  • You'll understand the minimum qualifications and process for firefighter hiring.
  • You'll have the ability to analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents.
  • You'll be able to identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations, and identify related regulatory and advisory organizations.
  • You'll 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.
  • You'll be able to identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  • You'll have the ability to differentiate between fire detection and alarm systems, and identify common health and safety concerns for firefighter and first responders.

Why Choose MVC?

Moreno Valley College's School of Public Safety offers some of the region's largest public safety education and training programs at the Ben Clark campus.

Ben Clark and the Fire Technology Program is the result of a partnership between MVC, the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, and the Riverside County Fire Department.

For students interested in more Fire Technology offerings, MVC also provides:

  • Firefighter Academy (credits can be applied to the Fire Technology degree)
  • Fire Service Leadership degree
  • State Fire Training courses for professional development