FIRE Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply proper principles and strategies in fire fighting, protection, and prevention.
  • Read and comprehend national and local codes used in fire prevention.
  • Explain scientific principles of combustion, fire behavior and hydraulics.
  • Follow proper procedures for fire inspection and investigation.
  • Use mathematical formulas and equations.
  • Identify fire problems and appropriate prevention and suppression tactics.
  • Determine fire ground management strategies for financial, physical and facility resources.
Sensory/Observation Skills Assess environment and facilities for fire prevention and safety.
  • Scan for hazard indicators.
  • Distinguish pumps, hydrants, and related apparatuses.
  • Survey for hazardous substances.
  • Detect warning signals.
  • Select appropriate materials and tools for task.
  • Judge distances and spatial relationships of objects.
  • Distinguish basic colors.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to participate in lab activities (labs are elective).
  • Practice medical skills used in emergencies.
  • Maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Climb ladders or ropes.
  • Regain balance in unstable positions.
  • Suit up in protective gear.
  • Participate in outdoor hands-on field training in fire suppression.
  • Manipulate heavy tools and equipment appropriately for fire suppression.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in an indoor/outdoor lab environment (labs are elective).
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles, Ladders and scaffolding, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail