Associate Degree - Entry Level Firefighter

The Entry Level Firefighter Degree offered through San Diego Miramar College offers several options to earn the required certifications necessary to become a professional Firefighter.  

Fire Technology Courses Required for Entry Level Firefighter Degree (Plus EMT and Firefighter 1 Academy Certification)


 Course Description


Fire Protection Organization


 Fire Prevention Technology


 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems


Building Construction for Fire Protection


Fire Behavior and Combustion


 Firefighter Safety and Survival

  Plus a Firefighter 1 Academy (See Fire Academy Page)  

Miramar Fire Technology is an Accredited Regional Training Program (ARTP) through State Fire Training. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1001) Standards for Professional Firefighter requirements are directly embedded into the Fire Technology Degree and Certificate of Achievement.

Entry Level Firefighter has been closely coordinated between our agency stakeholders, including San Diego Fire Rescue Department, Cal Fire San Diego, San Diego County Fire Authority and Heartland Fire Training.  The Degree & Certificate program is approved through California State Fire Training, so not only will the graduates of the program earn their degree, but will be ready to meet the “All Hazard” challenges facing professionals in the fire service and public safety careers by earning their Firefighter I Certification.

Nearly ALL Fire Departments require the Firefighter 1 Certification typically earned by attending a Fire Academy.  National Requirements and Certifications now require even stricter testing through written and skills exams to ensure today’s students are ready and equipped to handle tomorrow’s emergencies.

In order to earn the Entry Level Firefighter Degree or Certificate of Achievement, students may attend the Fire Academy through Miramar College or work with a counselor to receive college credit for a Firefighter 1 / Fire Academy attended at another location or college.  The Firefighter 1 Certification is a requirement of the Degree and Certificate of Achievement.