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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"Enrolling in the Fire Academy at Hancock was the best decision of my life. I am receiving an amazing education from instructors who have hundreds of years of experience combined. We are able to apply what we learn inside the classroom to real world applications by using the complex's state-of-the-art facilities. There is no doubt in my mind, I will be as prepared as possible to hit the ground running with a fire department after I graduate."
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