Fire Science Certificate of Achievement


This program prepares students for careers in the field of fire science and enhances the working knowledge of practitioners.  The program provides the fundamental concepts and practices needed for fire prevention, protection and suppression.   Career opportunities include Federal, State, and Municipal Fire Services,  Federal and Local Forest and Park Fire Services, Arson Investigators, and  Corporate and Private Security firms.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe the history and evolution of the fire service.
  • Students will be able to explain and apply the principles relevant to hazard control, structural design, fire detection, suppression, and limitation of loss.
  • Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fire ground strategy and tactics, the occupational risks firefighters face and management strategies available to manage resources and reduce injuries/fatalities of firefighters and civilians.

First Semester

FIR-101Introduction to Fire Protection


FIR-102Fundamentals of Fire Prevention and Inspection I


FIR-103Building Codes and Standards


FIR-104Fire Tactics and Strategy


FIR-105Fire Administration


FIR-101: Students with Firefighter I certification will have this course waived and receive 3 credits. Students with Firefighter II Certification will have this course waived and receive 4 credits.

FIR-102: First part of the ninety-hour course required for certification.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

Students enrolled in this program ARE NOT REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.