Wildland Fire Technology
Allan Hancock College’s Wildland Fire Technology program offers a variety of options
for those pursuing a career or interest in wildland firefighting. The program allows
students to achieve a certificate or associate in science (A.S.) degree in the target
area of interest within the field. These areas include:
- Wildland Firefighting Operations
- Wildland Firefighting Prevention, Investigation and Prescribed Burning
- Wildland Firefighting Logistics, Finance and Planning
The program uses nationally recognized course curriculums, providing students with
multi-component proficiency training. The training is consistent with standards used
by agencies such as the United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as those throughout the Santa Barbara County area.
Q: Do I have to be a graduate of Allan Hancock’s Firefighter 1 Academy to begin working
toward an A.S. degree or certificate in Wildland Fire Technology?
A: Attending the Firefighter 1 Academy is not required to pursue a goal in wildland
fire technology. While not mandatory, the academy includes a component of wildland
fire training, making graduates more competitive for entry-level positions.
In addition to the Wildland Fire Technology core course curriculum, students must
complete another 15 units that apply toward the specific area they choose to pursue.
Wildland Firefighting Operations
This option offers students knowledge and understanding related to fire suppression
operations within the wildland fire environment. A variety of courses are offered,
with emphasis on Firefighter Safety, Entrapment Avoidance, Command Structure, and
information specific to a variety of fireline positions.
Wildland Firefighting Prevention, Investigation, and Prescribed Burning
This option provides students with a thorough understanding of Fire Prevention, Investigation
and Prescribed Burning processes in the wildland fire environment. A variety of courses
are offered, ensuring students’ comprehension for responsibilities related to positions
within the field.
Wildland Firefighting Logistics, Finance, and Planning
This option provides students with training required for support functions within
the Incident Command System. Upon successful completion students will demonstrate
knowledge required of positions working within the Logistics, Finance and Planning
Celestina Middleton, Department Secretary
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3282
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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"I chose the fire technology program at Allan Hancock because of what it can provide for me. It's giving me a step above the other academies and throughout the state. Graduates of this academy have gone on to be the chiefs and the captains that are going to be hiring us, so when we go in for interviews by being able to say that we graduated at this academy they know what we've experienced. Allan Hancock College has provided me with the physical and mental capabilities through the classroom training we do each day and the physical training we do each morning. This academy pushes you to your boundaries and then you begin to work on those weaknesses; your weaknesses then become your strengths so you're actually growing as a person. Allan Hancock has made a difference in my life it's really taught me who I am and where I want to be."
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Video: Renee seeks a career as a wild land firefighter in Santa Barbara County. AHC
has given her a place to start.