Fire Technology

Program Overview

The Fire Technology/Fire Academy and Wildland Fire Technology programs are responsible for fire service training in three college districts and two counties. Our courses are taught from Paso Robles to Carpinteria. These courses are for pre-service and in-service students.

Fire Technology

The Fire Technology degree/certificate program is designed to prepare you for a career in the fire service, either public or private, upgrade your skills as an in-service fire professional in your present position or prepare you for promotional opportunities. Courses focus on demonstrating safety and efficiency in emergency and fire situations, analyzing the causes of fires and how to fight them, applicable laws, regulations and codes, building construction types and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety, and understanding fire detection and suppression systems. Fire service history, culture and diversity are also covered to educate you in all aspects of the firefighter career path.

Fire Academy

Acceptance into the Fire Academy is by an application process. Fall applications are available during the month of March and Spring applications are available during October. Prospective cadets are evaluated on the basis of their college and fire experience. The top people are offered enrollment in the class.

Allan Hancock College is an Accredited Regional Training Program and the Fire Academy is part of the California State Fire Marshal’s accreditation. Since 1972 we have taught Firefighter-1 classes through our 609-hour certified Fire Academy program.

The Firefighter 1 Academy is a California State Fire Marshal certified academy that meets all the requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 for entry level firefighters. Our academy is the foundation for a career in the fire service. The Certification Training Standards for Firefighter 1 are followed and signed off as you complete each block of instruction. Certification exams require a passing score of at least 80 percent and manipulative exams require a score of 100 percent.


Celestina Middleton, Department Secretary
Phone: 805-735-3366 ext. 3282


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Stephanie Saucedo

Stephanie Saucedo
Fire Technology

"Hancock college provided me with all the tools to succeed in my career. I had a great staff mentor and plenty of support both inside and outside of the college. In the end I walked away with three degrees, a world of knowledge, a fabulous YMCA career, and a lifetime mentor from a great teacher."
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Last Modified Aug 18, 2015