Ray Shackelford

College of Engeering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Technology
Office Location: ET Third floor 327
Phone: 323-343-4543 Email: rshacke@exchange.calstatela.edu

 California State University, Los Angeles-Fire Protection Administration

The Fire Protection Administrations Program here at Cal State is the only publicly supported and approved 4 year fire protection administration degree in the State of California. The program was approved and offered in 1978. The fire program's history here at Cal state starts in 1974, when a "fire service workshop" gathered fire experts from around the state to develop a 4 year fire program that meets the identified needs of the fire service here in the state. Fourteen separate sessions were conducted. Out of these sessions, four broad recommendations were made as a foundation for the fire program. These four recommendations are:

1)The technology courses should come from the State approved uniform core curriculum which will be provided by the two-year community college system. (today we have 39 out of the 109 state community colleges offering fire programs with 6 required courses)

2) The courses provided at the university level should include the following areas of study:

a) Personnel management and administration for resources for fire defense

b) Fire protection in a legal, social and political environment.

c) Fire loss management.

d) Structural fire protection and managing major emergencies.

3) Wherever possible educators from the fire service should be utilized to assure and strong and viable relevant program.

4)The number of universities and colleges offering the program should be restricted so as to assure sufficient students and quality of instructors necessary for a strong program. 

**Added to these recommendations in 2004, is the requirement that the courses be consistent with the Nationally approved fire courses to allow fire program students to transfer course credit from state to state within the United States.

Initially, the scheduling of the classes prohibited active fire fighters from attending the program because of the requirement to work changing shift schedules. As a result, in 1988 the fire program began offering course through distance learning via a closed televised system. Today, this platform has changed by offering courses using the internet.


The lower division classes to be taken at the community college are:

Required courses* Note the course title may vary among the 39 community colleges*

Introduction to fire protection (3 units)

Fire Prevention (3 units)

Fire equipment and systems (3 units)

Building construction related to the fire service (3 units)

Fire behavior and combustion (3 units)

Occupational safety for emergency responders (3 units)

Total required units 18 semester units

Electives (chose 2- recommended EMT-1)

EMT-1- Emergency medical technician

Hazardous materials

Wild land fire fighting

Fire hydraulics

Structural fire fighting

Fire Company officer

Fire investigation

Fire Apparatus & pumping

University Upper division courses required (13)

6 Political science

11 Fire courses

1 technical writing course

3 upper division theme courses


Introducing the Fire program advisor-Dr. Ray O. Shackelford

B.S..and M.A.-public administration 1969-1972 -California State University, Los Angeles, Doctor of Public Administration- University of La Verne 2002

(ret) Fire Chief- 33 Years serving in all ranks of the fire service 1962 to 1995

Appointed to numerous community college fire advisory boards

Member of the National Fire Academy higher education committee

Member California Fire Directors Association

University safety committee

Department promotional committee


Introduction to Hazardous materials

Fire behavior and Combustion Processes

Fire accreditation-does it work?

Introduction to Fighting High rise fires.

Wild land fire extinguishment & control

Ed. Sociology of disaster

Ed. Emergency Management & Terrorism

Proficient in on-line instruction Platforms: