Southwestern's fire science program includes the necessary general education, specialized fire, and emergency services courses to prepare students for careers in entry-level fire service positions. With the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained from this program of study, students will be aptly prepared for a career in the fire service.
Students will learn fundamental firefighting skills such as utilizing protective clothing & equipment, conducting search & rescue operations, advancing hoselines, and operating fire streams. Students will also be challenged with academic aspects of firefighting including building construction, fire behavior, strategies & tactics, and prevention.
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These courses provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become a firefighter. Students will receive comprehensive training in firefighting skills associated with the following topics:
A unique advantage of the Fire Science program is that students are given the opportunity to become involved with a local fire department to gain valuable on-the-job training and experience. Students become embedded within a fire department and work closely with career and volunteer fire service personnel, enhancing their knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as learning valuable lessons in professionalism, teamwork, and commitment. Students demonstrating successful behaviors in and out of the classroom may compete for highly-selective Resident Volunteer Firefighter positions within the fire departments where they become even more involved with the fire service and are provided with even more professional development opportunities. Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) gives the students the opportunity to actively participate in advanced-level firefighter training, to build a professional network, and to familiarize themselves with the day-to-day activities of an on-duty firefighter. The students will also have the opportunity to respond to emergencies such as medical calls, motor vehicle accidents, and/or structure fires.