Welcome to the South Bay Regional Fire Science Program. The Program currently consists of a Certificate of Achievement through successful completion of the Fire Fighter Academy and Emergency Medical Technician courses. Additionally, the Program has begun offering the Fire Science Degree courses – FESHE – and is developing an Associates of Science Degree for aspiring public service professionals.

The Fire Science Program is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year universities and exciting career opportunities in the fire service. In collaboration with Gavilan College, South Bay is offering the following courses in an online format:

JFT 100—Principles of Emergency Service (3.0)

3.0 Lecture. This course provides an overview to 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. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2022.

JFT 101—Fire Prevention (3.0)

3.0 Lecture. This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2022.

JFT 130—Building Construction for Fire Protection (3.0)

3.0 Lecture. This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2021.

JFT 140—Fire Behavior and Combustion (3.0)

3.0 Lecture. This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2021.

JFT 150—Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (3.0)

3.0 Lecture. 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 is part of the Fire Science Certificate program. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2022.

JFT 160—Fire Protection Systems (3.0)

3.0 Lecture. This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2022.

* All FESHE courses offered through South Bay/Gavilan College are approved under CCC Chancellor’s Office Approved C-ID indicators, and are fully transferable to any community college or four-year college offering a degree program inclusive of the courses.

Information about upcoming FESHE Courses and associated materials:

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