Las Positas College's (LPC) Fire Service Technology Program is the first program in California to receive the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition.

Established by the United States Fire Administration and administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FESHE works with coordinators of two and four year academic fire and emergency medical services (EMS) management and degree programs to develop a network of emergency services-related education and training providers. The initiative additionally works to enhance the recognition of fire and emergency services as a profession and to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.

"This is a monumental moment for the FST program," said Chief Chad McMullen, LPC Public Safety Manager. "Being the first FESHE recognized program in the state places the LPC FST program on the national map and allows our graduates to transfer to participating FESHE recognized four-year institution to obtain their bachelor's degree in fire management."

LPC was informed it had received the recognition earlier this month. The process, spearheaded by LPC FST Program Coordinator German Sierra, included having FESHE review the LPC curriculum and student outcomes to verify they meet national standards. The program's ability to meet national standards also needed to be reviewed by the National Fire Academy.

LPC offers a Fire Service Technology associate in science degree, four Fire Service Technology certificates and the Las Positas Regional Fire Academy, which is accredited by the California State Fire Marshall and held in partnership with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, utilizing personnel from fire agencies throughout Alameda County. Visit laspositascollege.edu/fst/index.php for additional information on LPC's FST program.