The Oxnard College Fire Technology Program educates students interested in careers in Emergency Service. This Program gives students the understanding and concepts to deal effectively with the social, economic, and technical aspects of fire and emergency response. The Program provides state of the art education, training, resources, certification and leadership which in-turn enhances professionalism and strengthens the capability of responders while they protect California from the devastation of fire, environmental, natural, and other emergencies.
Graduates are prepared to enter the field of fire technology as a firefighter trained to perform such emergency duties as fire suppression, rescue, medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, and other duties as assigned. Non-emergency assignments include fire prevention, public education, training, station and equipment maintenance, and other related tasks.
The Fire Technology Department offers foundational course requirements for certificate programs, two-year degrees and transfers to four-year schools. It’s Firefighter I/II Academy is Regionally Accredited, allowing cadets to complete their Firefighter I Task Book while earning a California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I Certificate, a condition of employment for many fire agencies.
Additionally, the Fire Technology Program offers a National Wildlife Coordinating Group/Cal Fire Type II Hand Crew Wildland Fire Academy, USLA (United States Lifeguard Association)/ State Fire Marshal Open Water Rescue Lifeguard Academy and a Fire Company Officer Certificate of Achievement and AS Degree.
This course is a 2-week course introducing the student to the Firefighter I/II Certification Skills and Written Exams. Week one of the course reviews material in Firefighter I, Structural, Hazardous Materials and Wildland and Firefighter II, Structural exam components. Structured skill practice in each of the four components is scheduled over multiple days during week one. Week two consists of the Certification exam itself. Four days of skills testing will be followed by one day of written testing. State Fire Training will validate student certifications through the Acadis portal following successful completion of the Firefighter I/II certification exams.
This in-service fire training course updates, improves, and assesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities of fire crews. This course provides current knowledge and techniques needed to maintain and improve fire service skills. Topics may include fire service administration, suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, wellness and fitness, rescue, leadership/management, and command and control. During the course students complete Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-1 re-certification and wildland/urban interface training. Other topics include hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, Motor Vehicle Incident (MVI) Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) training, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF), and incident command position responsibilities. This course satisfies annual mandatory continuing education requirements of local Fire Agencies, Ventura County Health Department, the California State Fire Marshals Office, and appropriate sections of the California Code of Regulations.
The Oxnard College Lifeguard Academy is a 90 hour foundational course for aspiring emergency medical responders interested in career opportunities as Open Water Rescuers; either within lifeguard agencies or the fire service. This rigorous academy includes lecture and hands on training in the ocean environment and follows the United States Lifesaving Association required course curriculum for Aquatic Rescue Response Teams, Open Water Lifeguard Certification, and meets the State Fire Marshal requirements for Open Water Rescuer- Basic. The course will include training in marine weather, aquatic hazards, communications, lifesaving rescue techniques, specialized equipment use, medical aid, lifesaving history and aquatic agency career paths. Successful completion of this course requires that students be athletically fit with strong swimming skills and maintain an 80% passing grade for all academic and manipulative tests per State Fire Training.
This course provides an overview of fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives.
This course provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention and the organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau. Students will examine the use of codes, the identification and correction of fire hazards, the components of detection and suppression systems, and the relationship of fire prevention with fire safety education.
This course covers the theory of how fires start, spread, and are controlled; the fundamentals of fire behavior in an open and closed environment; an in-depth study of fire chemistry and physics; burn characteristics of materials; and techniques for controlling fires through the use of a variety of proven and newly developed extinguishing agents.
This course provides information relating the features of design and operation of fire detection, fire suppression and fire alarm systems, including heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.
This course is designed to provide the employed Firefighter or Fire Technology major with a fundamental knowledge of the factors affecting wildland fire behavior, fire prevention, and fire suppression techniques.
This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services.
This course introduces the student to the principles of fire control through utilization of fire fighters, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground and in the fire simulator room.
This course covers the fundamentals of building construction as they relate to fire protection. It focuses on classification by occupancy and types of construction, with emphasis on fire protection features, including building equipment, facilities, fire resistive materials and high-rise considerations. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations and operating at emergencies.
This course will introduce the student to concepts related to fire service hand tools, fuel powered equipment, electric powered equipment and hydraulic powered equipment. Maintenance, safety and uses of this equipment will be covered in detail. Identification and typing of pumping apparatus and aerial ladder apparatus will be presented.
The Oxnard College Regional Fire Academy (OCRFA) provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry level firefighter, career or volunteer, to perform duties safely, effectively, and competently. The seven overarching themes of the California State Fire Fighter I/II curriculum are: General knowledge germane to the profession, fire department communications, fire-ground operations, rescue operations, preparedness and maintenance, wild land suppression activities, and hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Approved by the California State Board of Fire Services and California State Fire Marshal's Office. This academy fulfills all educational and training requirements for Fire Fighter I/II. All exams require an 80% passing grade for all academic and manipulative tests per State Fire Marshal requirements. Students are expected to obtain all required uniforms and safety equipment. State certification costs are the responsibility of the student. Please note that this is a physically demanding course.
This course explores the physical demands of the fire service and provides those enrolled in the Fire Fighter Academy with the correct training practices to meet those physical demands. This class is designed to teach a variety of body flexibility, strengthening, cardiovascular operations and overall health and wellness. Included will be muscle toning, muscle endurance, body alignment, balance, conditioning and nutrition planning. This class will include some level of anatomical, physiological, nutrition and mental health instruction. Demonstration of the body's muscle and joint functions so the student may develop the ability to learn, explore, and enhance their body strength, flexibility, balance, core stability, muscular/breathing endurance and body systems assisting in the execution of life and fire safety operation. The fitness class process will consist of lecture, warm-up through stretching, the intense engagement of the physical combination between muscle and cardiovascular use and a body cool-down. The objective is to improve flexibility, strength, cardio using the body and other equipment to facilitate objectives. This class will utilize various types of equipment in conjunction with the body being the main source equipment through movement. Equipment used may include body balls, jump ropes, cardio machines, free weights and the physical fitness equipment as needed, including emphasis on fire equipment, tools, situations and exercises in the fitness process.
This course provides the entry level student with the fire behavior knowledge and firefighting skills relevant to basic incident command, wildland firefighting positions, basic crew configurations, firefighter safety in wildland environments, tool, equipment and fundamental water handling, and wildland suppression strategy and tactics. Portable pumps and chainsaws are studied at length, as well as basic tools for land navigation. Leadership values and principles, transition challenges for new leaders, situational leadership, team building and ethical decision making is integrated throughout the course. Students are expected to obtain all required uniforms and safety equipment. State certification costs are the responsibility of the student. This course meets the California State Fire Training (SFT) and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) requirements.
This course aligns with Company Officer 2A of the Company Officer Program. This course provides information on the use of human resources to accomplish assignments, evaluating member performance, supervising personnel, and integrating health and safety plans, policies, and procedures into daily activities as well as the emergency scene.
This course aligns with Company Officer 2B of the Company Officer Program. It provides information on general administrative functions and the implementation of department policies and procedures and addresses conveying the fire department’s role, image, and mission to the public.
This course aligns with Company Officer 2C of the Company Officer Program. It provides an overview of the information necessary to conduct inspections, identify hazards and address violations. Students will learn how to perform a fire investigation to determine preliminary cause and to secure the incident scene and preserve evidence.
This course is designed for the working firefighter. It provides information on conducting incident size-up; developing and implementing an initial plan of action involving single and multi-unit operations for various types of emergency incidents. Students will learn to mitigate the situation following agency safety procedures; conducting pre-incident planning; and developing and conducting a post-incident analysis. One of a series of courses required for Company Officer certification by California State Fire Training.
This course reviews the Incident Command System (ICS), provides the context for ICS within initial response, and supports higher level ICS training. This course provides training on, and resources for, personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within ICS. The intended audience(s) are response personnel at the supervisory level who are involved with emergency planning, response, or recovery efforts. This includes fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel as well as a large variety of disciplines including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), federal workers, health care workers, higher education, law enforcement, public works, and schools.
This course is designed for the working firefighter, and provides participants with the capability to assume the role of Incident Commander, as defined in the Occupational Safety and Health Act Hazardous Waste Operations (OSHA HAZWOPR) regulation, during an emergency response to an actual or potential hazardous materials release.
Designed for the working firefighter, this course provides information on evaluating and reporting incident conditions, analyzing incident needs, developing and implementing a plan of action to deploy incident resources completing all operations to suppress a wildland fire, establishing an incident command post, creating an incident action plan, and completing incident records and reports. This Company Officer course is one of a series required for Company Officer certification by California State Fire Training.
This course aligns with S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). This course provides professional development related to the topic of wildland fire behavior. It also provides instruction in the identification and prediction of wildland fire behavior in various fuel types and under varying weather conditions. This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fire line supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. This course prepares municipal, county, state, and federal fire personnel to meet certification standards set forth by the National Inter-agency Incident Management System.
Designed for working firefighters, this course provides the skills and knowledge needed for the entry level professional instructor to perform his or her duties safely, effectively, and competently. The curriculum is based on the 2012 edition of NFPA 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications. At the end of this course, candidates for Instructor I certification are able to teach and deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan utilizing instructional aids and evaluation instruments. The Instructor I is also able to adapt a lesson plan and complete the reporting requirements to the local jurisdiction. Course is one of a series required for Company Officer Certification by California State Fire Training.
This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to identify the value of ethical behavior in instructional settings, describe how ethical norms influence individual ethics, identify a personal ethical perspective and core values and how they impact communication and ethical decision making, and make an ethical decision using an ethical decision-making model, in order to assist in making ethical decisions when faced with an ethical dilemma in an instructional setting and carry out the roles and responsibilities of an SFT instructor in an ethical manner.
This introductory academy course is a noncredit course designed to introduce students to careers in Public Safety. Students will learn entry level skills related to First Responder actions as performed upon initial arrival to given incidents. Specifically, this 30-hour course will focus on career exploration for Emergency Medical Technician, Open Water Lifeguarding, Wildland and Structural Firefighting.