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Firefighting

A guide to CSM Library and Web resources on the subject of fire extinction and prevention.

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office plays a big role in the provision of Fire Academies and

Fire Technology courses offered in the state.

"The Community College League of California estimates that 80 percent of the state’s firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians received their training at a firefighter academy on or affiliated with a local campus. Community colleges provide excellent training for prospective firefighters in a much more cost effective way than if cities, counties and districts had to pay for private instruction for their employees."

The role of California's Community Colleges in training firefighters:

  • there 30 firefighter academies in California Community Colleges throughout the state
  • 64 community colleges, more than half of the state's 112 campuses, offer some Fire Technology courses.

CSM students have the good fortune of attending the CSM Fire Academy. Get a glimpse of the Academy through

these Youtube videos

FIRESCIENCEONLINE is a website that has a good listing of Fire Science Degrees in California.

Fire Technology Professional Associations

  • CALFIRE
    • The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

  • California Fire Technology Director's Association
    • CFTDA is an organization dedicated to promoting high quality fire technology education and training. Membership includes many community colleges throughout California.
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
    • The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 295,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population.
  • National Fire Protection Association's Fire Technology Page
    • The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.
  • National Fire Sprinkler Association 
    • ​"To protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept." - NFA mission statement

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

  • International Association of Wildland Fire
    • "​The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is uniquely positioned as an independent organization whose membership includes experts in all aspects of Wildland fire management. IAWF independence and breadth of global membership expertise allows it to offer a neutral forum for the consideration of important, at times controversial, Wildland fire issues." - IAWF
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
    • "NAFI has lead the charge to bring fire investigation science into the 21st century. Our wide variety of NFPA 921 based training programs are unmatched in the industry." - NAFI  ​
  • NIST. Fire Fighting Technology Group
    • ​The Group enables advances in fire fighter safety, fire ground operations, and effectiveness of the fire service; develops and applies technology, measurements and standards, and improves the understanding of the behavior, prevention and control of fires to enhance fire fighting operations and equipment, fire suppression, fire investigations, and disaster response.  - NIST.

Government Organizations

  • CALFIRE
    • The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California.

  • U.S. Fire Administration  

    • "As an entity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the U.S. Fire Administration is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response." - USFA
  • National Interagency Fire Center 
  • Mission is to serve as a focal point for coordinating the national mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States.