Southwestern Fire Science

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  • Program Overview

    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.

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  • What you'll learn

    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.

Career Pathways Certificate of Completion

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Fire Science Technology A.A.S. degree

Jump-start your career with hands on experience as you earn your Associates of Applied Science Fire Science Technology degree.


Fire Science Emphasis - A.S. Degree

Earn your Associates of Science Fire Science Emphasis.


Firefighter Fundamentals I, II, & III

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:

  • Firefighter safety and health
  • Fire department communications
  • Fire behavior
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Ropes, webbing, and knots
  • Search and rescue
  • Emergency scene lighting
  • Forcible entry
  • Ground ladders
  • Water supply
  • Fire hose
  • Fire streams
  • Fire control
  • Tactical ventilation
  • Loss control
  • Fire origin and cause determination

Cooperative Work experience

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.

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