FIRE Foundry provides:

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What FIRE Foundry offers:

  • College of Marin Courses and Support Services:
  • FIRE 110 - Introduction to Fire Tec: A 3-unit basic training course that places emphasis on Firefighter training, Wildland Firefighter training, and Hazardous Materials /Weapons of Mass Destruction training.  This course is equivalent to the SRJC Fire 71 fire academy prerequisite course and the CCSF Fire Science 50 prerequisite course.
  • FIRE 215: This is a 3-unit Advanced First Aid/First Responder course providing 70hrs of instruction designed for lay-persons. This course teaches the basic pre-hospital care skills needed to render care at the scene of an emergency until more highly trained emergency medical response personnel arrive. Includes basic anatomy and body systems; lifting and moving patients; airway management; patient assessment; medical, behavioral, and trauma emergencies; terrorism awareness; and an overview of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system.  This course is equivalent to the SRJC EMC100 fire academy prerequisite and CCSF Fire Science 17 fire academy prerequisite.
  • COUN 134: This 1-unit course teaches strategies for identifying internships and jobs that provide hands-on experience related to a chosen career. The course emphasizes job search strategies, resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing techniques, and labor market research, and includes assessment of skills and values related to career development. Students also examine workplace behaviors.
  • KIN 125:  This course introduces principles and guidelines for developing physical fitness, from beginning to advanced levels. Students participate in exercises and activities designed to improve their cardiovascular system and muscular strength. The course includes jogging, hiking, power walking, and strength and flexibility routines. Exercise routines may also be performed with cardio machines, free weights, and physio balls.
  • FIRE 112: This is a 7-unit Advanced First Aid/First Responder course providing 160 hours of instruction in the theory and skills required for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-1) scope of practice as defined in title 22 of the California Health and Safety Code, and eligibility to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification exam. 24 hours of supervised clinical experience with emergency ambulance providers and hospital emergency room is included.

Educational support services through College of Marin:
for more information about the programs and services listed below, as well as programs and services not listed below, see the College of Marin 2022-23 Catalog ( and visit the pages of the College of Marin website.

  • Counseling Services: Counseling Services are available to all students; however, special programs such as EOPS and SAS serve only those officially identified by those programs. Counselors work with students to help them set goals and design plans for achieving those goals. Students should come for counseling when they need help with any kind of problem that might affect their academic performance. Services and resources are located in the Counseling Services area at both campuses.  Students should consult with a counselor each semester before registering for classes.
  • Financial Aid: College of Marin offers student financial aid assistance to all students who qualify on the basis of financial need. Eligible students receive funds in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and/or work-study programs. One-on-one Zoom sessions may be scheduled for application support. Drop in, virtual support is available on Friday, November 18, 2022, 10am - 1pm: : Meeting ID: 976 2189 1529
  • Psychological Services: Psychological Services are available to all enrolled students and provide short-term therapy, crisis support, consultation, and referral to off-campus providers. Therapists are available to support students with a variety of difficulties.
  • Reading and Writing Lab (RWL): RWL provides students in all disciplines with tutoring to improve reading and writing skills, as well as access to computers, the Internet, and printing. We encourage students from all courses to take advantage of the services we have available. The RWL also assists students with transfer, scholarship, and job applications, including resumes and cover letters.
  • Student Accessibility Services: This program supports an accessible and welcoming environment for individuals with disabilities (temporary or permanent) while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. To request SAS accommodations services, students must make an appointment to meet with an SAS counselor and be prepared to provide verification of disability. Students then participate in an interactive exchange with the counselor to determine what may be appropriate accommodations.
  • Transportation & Parking: All enrolled College of Marin students receive unlimited free rides on local Marin Transit buses using their College of Marin Student I.D. card with a current validation sticker. Campus parking permits are required at all times, including evenings (except Sundays and school holidays). Students may purchase a semester parking permit for $46 (subject to change) online.Your permit will be virtual, no need to attach a sticker on your vehicle.
  • Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC): The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) offers drop–in peer tutoring for COM students in a wide range of academic subjects. All tutoring sessions are small groups and schedules for individual subjects are posted at both campuses and online. Tutors are faculty-recommended and have completed a course in tutor training. Tutoring helps students improve understanding of course material, earn higher grades, improve study skills and study habits, and get to know fellow students in a dynamic learning environment.

Cutting-edge fire science and technology trainings & workshops:

  • >NASA Arset and DEVELOP workshop on using satellite imagery for fire prevention, early detection, rapid response, and post-fire restoration.
  • >ESRI training in geographic information systems and applications for the fire services.
  • >Workshop and field training in Ecologically Sound Practices in fire prevention and restoration.
  • >Field visit to NASA Ames Airborne Sciences Division and their wildfire reaper drone sensor system.
  • >Field visit to U.C. Berkeley Disaster Lab and Fire Labs.

Fire Department Skills Trainings:

  • >Marin County Fire Department Wildland Academy
  • >Marin County Fire Department and Stinson Beach Fire District Introductory water rescue
  • >Marin County Fire Department and Stinson Beach Fire District Introductory rope rescue

Tuition, course textbooks, and course materials for FIRE Foundry courses:
FIRE Foundry will pay for all materials related to your FIRE Foundry coursework that isn't covered by grants and financial aid.

Uniforms, including station boots, Wildland boots: FIRE Foundry will pay for your uniforms, station boots, and wildland boots, for those that do not already have them.

Career guidance: FIRE Foundry will provide you with individualized guidance towards a career in the fire service. Each of you are starting at different places and may desire to go in different directions, so we will be meeting with each of you to assess where you are now and then follow up regularly.

Employment opportunities: One of the partners of FIRE Foundry is Conservation Corps North Bay, and they offer, in partnership with Marin County Fire Department, FIRE Foundry Fuels Crew employment opportunities for those who are interested in part or full time employment doing fire prevention work.

>The work starts at $19 and goes up to $21 six months in depending upon performance.  

>You will be working with Marin County Firefighter Paramedic Darrel Galli if you are accepted for one of these CCNB FIRE Foundry Fuels Crew positions.

For those looking for seasonal employment (9 months long), there are also opportunities to apply to seasonal defensible space positions with Marin County Fire Dept. and San Rafael Fire Dept. or to seasonal dispatch positions with Marin County Fire Dept. Reach out the FIRE Foundry Coordinator if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.


  • Food: If you need food support for yourself and/or your family, we have several options.  We collect food bank donations and keep them at the FIRE Foundry HQ for any participant of the program to utilize.  College of Marin also has a student organic farm that often produces vegetable boxes after harvests for students to take.  If you are interested in these services, please reach out to the FIRE Foundry Coordinator.
  • Housing: The FIRE Foundry HQ has a limited number of bunk beds available for those in need of housing during your membership in the FIRE Foundry program.  If you are in need of housing during the program, please contact the FIRE Foundry Coordinator.
  • Other services: We have incredible partners that offer various additional support services for those in need.  If you have additional barriers to your participation in this program, please contact the FIRE Foundry Coordinator to discuss options.  

Mentorship: Recruits have the option of connecting one-on-one with a professional firefighter mentor.

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Your Educational Pathway with College of Marin

In order to become a firefighter, you must attend and successfully complete a Firefighter 1 Academy (FF1 Academy). FF1 Academies have pre-requisites such as introductory fire science courses, physical education courses, and most importantly, a successful completion of a nationally recognized EMT program. We're grateful to College of Marin for partnering with FIRE Foundry and working with local academies in order to offer the pre-requisites courses as well as additional courses to FIRE Foundry recruits.

Education is a key requirement in order to participate in the FIRE Foundry program. Once you're admitted to the program, you'll apply and enroll at the College of Marin if you aren't already. Counselors with College of Marin and the FIRE Foundry team will work with you in order understand where you are on your pathway to full-time fire service and recommend the appropriate course work for you to enroll in. Our support teams will work together to ensure that you've applied for Federal Aid for your education and FIRE Foundry will cover any additional costs associated with course work that's recommended for you.

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Applications are open!

Have you already been working towards your career in fire service? Never thought it was a career opportunity that you could pursue? Somewhere in the middle? Perfect, we're here to help. Apply today to join FIRE Foundry's 2023 cohort.

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Employment Opportunities with Conservation Corps North Bay

CCNB is a key partner for FIRE Foundry. They are the employer of record for a position designed specifically for FIRE Foundry recruits. The employment opportunity can be full-time or part-time, is designed to work around the FIRE Foundry education requirements, and gives you the opportunity to carry out defensible space work in the community in a crew with the supervision and mentorship of a CCNB supervisor as well as a Marin County Fire Fighter.

JOB TITLE: FIRE Foundry Corpsmember

STARTING WAGES: $19/hr + benefits and healthcare

HOURS: Full time (40hrs)/part-time positions available

Employment with CCNB is not required to be a part of FIRE Foundry. You can keep your current job or apply for other jobs while in the program. This is simply an opportunity for you to earn wages, have benefits, and participate in physically active work that aids in fire prevention.

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The goal of FIRE Foundry is to bring more representation into fire service by providing the supports necessary for underserved groups to consider and walk down the tough pathway towards becoming a firefighter.

An innovative workforce development program made possible through amazing partnerships.

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