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Fire Science and Firefighting


Fire science and firefighting programs prepare people to fight fires.

Fire science and firefighting programs prepare people to control different types of fires and perform rescue procedures. Students learn how to operate and maintain tools and equipment.

Fire science and firefighting programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in fire science and firefighting. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study. Additional training is usually required through municipal fire departments.

A few colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in fire science and firefighting. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Firefighting programs require you to maintain strict physical fitness standards. Therefore, your hearing, vision, cardiovascular, and strength levels will be examined. Requirements vary by state and municipality.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many fire science and firefighting programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.

Most states and cities require firefighters to maintain a high level of physical fitness throughout their career.


East Side Area

Job Corps - Curlew

Walla Walla Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Everett Community College

Green River College

Kitsap Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College (South Campus)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College