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Today, fire service personnel are faced with a diverse and complex environment. Fire fighters must possess sufficient knowledge and skills to deal effectively with the fire protection problem, emergency medical care response, and hazardous materials. The study of fire science includes the philosophy, history, chemistry, physics, laws, terminology, technology and detection, and prevention of fires.

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Provides training in the theory and practice of fire technology, the fire service, and the fire protection field.  It is designed to enhance qualifications for entry into the fire service, for preparation for entry-level hiring examinations, and for current firefighters wishing to complete a degree in fire tech.

Study of fire science includes the philosophy, history, chemistry, physics, laws, terminology, technology and detection and prevention of fires.

Career options include county, state and federal fire agencies; private industry; public fire service, fire protection and engineering; fire prevention and inspection.


  • Morning, afternoon & evening classes, each class meets one or two days per week
  • No prerequisites (other than part 1 before part 2)
  • FS 101 is recommended prep for most FS classes
  • Basic Wildland Firefighter course - spring semester (FS 144 - see description below)
  • Physical Fitness course, FS 32 includes nutrition and prep for standardized firefighter and law enforcement fitness tests.
  • Firefighter Basic Skills (hands-on) class, FS 33
  • New for Fall 2018: Wildland Firefighting degree and certificate program.

Fire Science Work Experience program: Students are placed in a fire station to gain experience and work with an engine company. They are supervised and evaluated by a fire captain.

Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy

FS 144, offered in Spring only. The Basic Wildland Academy course content includes requirements from the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group certifications: S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training; S-190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior; L-180 Human Factors on the Fire Line; and ICS 100 Intro to Incident Command System. (See Wildland Academy page)

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