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Special COVID-19 Update

Our hearts go out to all of the responders and healthcare providers during this pandemic and time of civil unrest. We understand more than others what our friends, colleagues, partners, and loved ones are going through every day.

With this in mind we plan to continue with all of our regularly scheduled classes during the 20/21 academic year. Plans are moving forward as we plan for the 21/22 academic year no matter what the potential changes in public health bring us. We have adjusted our schedules and format for online/remote lectures while maintaining all current accreditation and public health guidelines. All skills and simulation labs are on site at the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa for Southwestern College.

Our high-fidelity simulation center is up and has exceeded our students’ expectations and experiences. Our simulation center manikins are high fidelity, computer controlled, and physiologically interactive. Our programs use multiple male, female, birthing, child, and infant high-fidelity manikins. We are sensitive to and aware of our community that we serve. This is the primary reason that all of our simulators and manikins are as diverse as our students and community. 

 Exciting News for Spring 2021!

Our new Public Safety Training Center is on track to be completed in the spring which includes but not limited to: state of the art live burn tower for fire science, exercise and training area, driving simulators, 10 vehicle garage for all types of fire, police, and EMS vehicles for simulation use, and a stand alone apartment for real time patient care scenarios.

A Saving Career

Today, fire service personnel are faced with a diverse and complex environment. Fire fighters must possess sufficient knowledge and skills to deal effectively with the fire protection problem, emergency medical care response, and hazardous materials. The study of fire science includes the philosophy, history, chemistry, physics, laws, terminology, technology and detection, and prevention of fires.

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Provides training in the theory and practice of fire technology, the fire service, and the fire protection field.  It is designed to enhance qualifications for entry into the fire service, for preparation for entry-level hiring examinations, and for current firefighters wishing to complete a degree in fire tech.

Study of fire science includes the philosophy, history, chemistry, physics, laws, terminology, technology and detection and prevention of fires.

Career options include county, state and federal fire agencies; private industry; public fire service, fire protection and engineering; fire prevention and inspection.


  • Morning, afternoon & evening classes, each class meets one or two days per week
  • No prerequisites (other than part 1 before part 2)
  • FS 101 is recommended prep for most FS classes
  • Physical Fitness course, FS 32 includes nutrition and prep for standardized firefighter and law enforcement fitness tests.
  • Firefighter Basic Skills (hands-on) class, FS 33
  • New for Fall 2018: Wildland Firefighting degree and certificate program.

Fire Science Work Experience program: Students are placed in a fire station to gain experience and work with an engine company. They are supervised and evaluated by a fire captain.

Degrees/Certificates Available

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