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Fire Services Administration


Fire services administration programs prepare people to manage fire departments and other rescue services.

Fire services administration programs prepare people to run fire investigation and inspection programs. Students learn how to budget and staff fire departments.

Fire services administration programs include topics such as:


A few community colleges offer associate degree programs in fire services administration. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

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

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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.

Most programs require you to be a "Firefighter II" according to your state's standards. This means you must have significant firefighting training and experience. In addition, you must complete introductory fire science courses before you are admitted.

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 services administration are offered part time, with day and evening classes.


King-Snohomish Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Tacoma Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup