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Fire Science

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in firefighting, fire protection services, and affiliated professions. Some typical career choices for graduates of the Fire Science program include firefighters; emergency medical technicians; fire, police, and ambulance dispatchers; fire suppression and alarm system installers and technicians; and fire inspectors and investigators.

The curriculum includes coursework in fire behavior; emergency care; hazardous materials chemistry; incident strategy and tactics; administration of emergency services; fire prevention; education; and building construction. The program will also prepare students for certification in both firefighting (Vermont Firefighter I and II), emergency medicine (EMT-B), Fire Inspector  I, and Rope Rescue Tech I and II. As well as preparing students for the fire service, the program will provide strong leadership skills and instill graduates with a sense of community service.

Students with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate technical skills needed for firefighting, emergency medical services, and critical thinking skills used for fire prevention, control, suppression, and extinguishment
  • Provide ethical leadership in their community, fire department, and personal lives 
  • Deliver professional presentations concerning fire safety in the public sector 
  • and produce clear, concise, and accurate written reports required by the profession
  • Understand scientific principles of fire and combustion, chemicals in hazardous materials, fire control, and extinguishment
  • Recognize the importance of building construction concepts and materials in fire safety; the effects of heat and fire on buildings; and the impact of fire to the personal safety of building occupants
  • Understand the science of hydraulics by demonstrating analytical skills needed for water system design including supply and suppression systems, community, and fire ground needs
  • Understand the concepts of wellness and the CPAT
The normal number of credits required for the degree is 63. 

First Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
CIS 1050  Introduction to Spreadsheets 1 CHE 1020  Introduction to Chemistry 4
FSC 1010  Building Construction/Fire Protection 3 FSC 1022  Firefighting Services II 4
FSC 1021  Firefighting Services I 3 FSC 1210  Fire Inspector I 3
FSC 1030  History & Impact of Fire in America 3 FSC 1220  Fire Service Leadership 3
MAT 1210  Principles of Mathematics 3 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3
ENG 10XX  English 3   17
  16 Electives (fall or spring)  
    FSC 1122  Service Learning 3

Second Year

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
AHS 1011  Emergency Medical Services 6 FSC 2020  Hydraulics & Water Supply 3
ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3 FSC 2210  Fire Administration 3
FSC 2220  Firefighting Strategy & Tactics 3 FSC 2230  HazMat Chemistry & Operations 3
FSC 2250  Fire & Life Safety Educator 3 FSC 2240  Fire Protection Systems 3
  15 ELE XXXX  AH/SS elective 3
    Electives (fall or spring)  
    FSC 2030  Occupational Health & Safety 3
    FSC 2820  Residential Internship 3

Internships may be available for qualified students as either residential or day programs.