Fire Officer

Fire Academy

Health Meta Major IconThe Fire Officer certificate at Lake Tahoe Community College prepares students for supervisory-level careers in the fire service and training opportunities for employed and volunteer firefighters. Coursework includes: Human Resource Management, Instructional Methodology and Development, All-Risk Command and Wildland Operations, General Administrative Functions, Fire Inspections and Investigations, Budget and Fiscal Responsibilities, and Emergency Service Delivery Response.

Students successfully completing the necessary coursework and meeting additional industry-specific requirements are eligible for California State Fire Marshal certification as a Fire Officer. Students must complete all summative tests with a minimum score of 80%.

This program follows the Chief Fire Officer National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications (2014), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1051 Standard for Wildland Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (2012), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041 Standard for Fire Instructor Professional Qualifications (2012) to provide the qualifications for State Fire Training’s Fire Officer Certification.

Note: In order to be certified by the State Board of Fire Services as a Fire Officer, students must have a minimum of five years full-time paid or ten years volunteer or part-time paid experience in a Recognized Fire Agency in California as a fire fighter performing suppression duties and at least two years of experience must be at the officer level (Lieutenant or higher) and be an Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certified Fire Officer, or Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certified Company Officer and possess, at a minimum, an associate’s degree (any major) or higher from an accredited post-secondary institution.

See current catalog for details.


All courses from the following (27 units):

FIR 172D Instructor I: Instructional Methodology (2.5)
FIR 172E Instructor II: Instructional Development (2.5)
FIR 181A Company Officer 2A: Human Resource Management (3.5)
FIR 181B Company Officer 2B: General Administrative Functions (2)
FIR 181C Company Officer 2C: Fire Inspections and Investigations (3.5)
FIR 181D Company Officer 2D: All-Risk Command Operations (2.5)
FIR 181E Company Officer 2E: Wildland Incident Operations (2.5)
FIR 182A Chief Fire Officer 3A: Human Resource Management (2.5)
FIR 182B Chief Fire Officer 3B: Budget and Fiscal Responsibilities (1.5)
FIR 182C Chief Fire Officer 3C: General Administrative Functions (2)
FIR 182D Chief Fire Officer 3D: Emergency Service Delivery Response (2)

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.

There are A NUMBER OF STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS that you can apply for each spring. Scholarships make it possible to earn money for college that does not ever need to be repaid. While some of LTCC's scholarships are competitive, there is a wide variety available you can apply for for free that are awarded based on all kinds of qualities and interests.

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    Kileigh Labrado
    Lake Tahoe Fire Academy Coordinator & Instructor