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Associate in Science

Fire Science Technology (2911)

Note: Program 2138 changed to 2911 in August 2007.

Fire Science Technology is intended for fire officers who want to manage a modern fire department and be in command of fires and other emergencies involving large numbers of personnel and equipment. Firefighter certification training plus an associate in science degree is usually required for promotion or for transition into fire service administration, industrial fire protection, insurance companies or fire protection equipment manufacturers.

This program offers fire science and general education courses on a primary night and alternate night or day basis. The curriculum covers multiple company operations, logistics, strategy and use of mutual aid forces during conflagration control. Typical tactical situations and case histories are presented. The development of critical decision making skills is stressed.

The Academy
Florida Community College’s Northeast Regional Fire Science Academy at South Campus is a certified training center that meets all State requirements and is considered one of the best in the country. The program is under the guidance of an advisory committee composed of community leaders and administrators from local fire departments. This ensures that you will receive modern, up-to-date instruction that is relevant to current practices in the field.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
In addition to community fire departments, there are opportunities in government installations such as airports, as well as private fire fighting companies. There is also a need for inspectors, investigators, forest rangers and smoke jumpers. In all cases, employment is based on high test scores and outstanding skills.

Annual Salaries
The median base salary for fire fighters nationally is $42,000, plus excellent benefits and retirement programs. Experience and advancement can increase your salary to as high as $90,000 a year.

Application Procedure
This program is restrictive as to who can enter and certain prerequisites exist, as they currently do for academy entry. Contact the Dean of Workforce Development on South Campus concerning admission to the program.

Estimated tuition is $3,984 (for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact the program manager regarding additional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).

Career Information Online
Florida Professional Firefighters
Florida State Firefighters Association

Fire Science Technology (2911)

General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
ENC 1102 Writing About Non-Fiction 3
  or LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature: Writing
  About Fiction
*Humanities 3
*Social and Behavioral Science 3
MGF 1106 Topics in College Mathematics 3
  or MAC 1105 College Algebra  
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics 3
SPC 2016 Speech Communication for Business and the Professions 3
PHI 1603 Applied Ethics 3
  Credit Hours 24

Professional Courses
FFP 2111 Fire Chemistry 3
CGS 1100 Microcomputer Applications for Business and Economics 3
FFP 2702 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FFP 1730 Fire Department Administration I 3
FFP 1505 Fire Prevention Practices 3
FFP 2670 Legal Issues in Fire Service 3
FFP 2610 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FFP 2740 Fire Service Course Delivery 3
FFP 2120 Building Construction for Fire Service 3
MAN 2582 Introduction to Project Management 3
FFP 2301 Fire Service Hydraulics 3
FFP 1540 Private Fire Protection Systems I 3
  Credit Hours 36

Total Credit Hours: 60

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.


Record of Conviction of a Crime
Neither have been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor directly related to the position of employment sought, nor have pled nolo contendere to any charge of a felony. If an applicant has been convicted of a felony, such applicant must be in compliance with s. 112.011(2)(b). If an applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor directly related to the position of employment sought, such applicant shall be excluded from employment for a period of four years after expiration of sentence. If the sentence is suspended or adjudication is withheld in a felony charge or in a misdemeanor directly related to the position or employment sought and a period of probation is imposed, the applicant must have been released from probation.

Applicants for a certificate of compliance as a firefighter shall submit a completed fingerprint card with current processing fee. When Firefighter I and Firefighter II training are to occur contiguously, this submission should occur at the beginning of the Firefighter I training. In any other situation the submission is required prior to entry into Firefighter II training. Determination of good moral character is required prior to certification as a firefighter pursuant to Sections 633.34 (4) and 633.35 (2), F.S.

The Bureau of Fire Standards and Training shall consider the results of the fingerprint procedure outlined in Section 633.34, F.S., in making a determination as to the applicant’s good moral character.


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