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Fire Science (FS)

Program Description

The Fire Science Program prepares individuals with the academic knowledge for entry employment in the Fire Service field as well as meeting the needs of in-service professionals.

Upon completion of this program, students will have the knowledge to prepare for a career with federal, state and local fire and emergency service agencies, with an emphasis on Structural Fire Fighting, Wildland Fire Suppression, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Fire Prevention and Investigation, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Management and Administration, and the Incident Command System.

After earning the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree, students have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Colorado State University (CSU) through distance learning. See Program Faculty for a list of courses that will transfer to CSU.

Health and physical requirements vary with different employers in the Fire Service field, so prospective students should seek advice before enrolling.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:

  • Meet the minimum academic training requirements of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (Fire Fighter I).
  • Perform as fully qualified wildland firefighters (FFT2) in accordance with National Wildfire Coordinating Group PMS 310-1 standards.
  • Utilize the Incident Command System to manage a wide variety of planned and un-planned incidents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of modern fire service strategies, tactics, and management for both structural and wildland fire incidents.
  • Meet the requirements for National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents for the Awareness and Operational Levels.
  • Apply the principles of interpersonal communication, cooperative teamwork, supervision, and management for leadership in the fire service.
  • Apply the theoretical principles of the chemistry of fire and hydraulics to solve water supply problems.
  • Take the National Registry Examination for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician

Course Learning Outcomes

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Fire Science Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program