Fire Science

Program Description

The fire science A.A.S. degree program is designed for individuals employed as firefighters or individuals who are seeking employment in the fire protection industry. Additionally, it prepares fire and emergency service personnel for advancement to leadership positions. Students may select fire science electives and/or emergency medical service electives such as EMT and/or Advanced EMT within this degree program. In addition to the A.A.S.  degree CVCC offers Certificates in Fire Science, EMT, and AEMT. The degree can be completed within five (5) semesters and the certificate programs can be completed within one to two (2) semesters. The certificate courses can be  applied toward the A.A.S. degree. Courses can be completed online or in traditional classroom formats.

CVCC/Alabama Fire College Partnership

CVCC and the Alabama Fire College have a partnership that affords students and fire and emergency service agencies with opportunities to earn both college credit toward the A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science, a Certificate in Fire  Science, a Short Certificate, and national/state professional fire and emergency service certifications that meet Alabama Fire College standards and their accrediting agencies (such as International Fire Service  Accreditation Congress, Pro-Board, and International Code Council). Additionally, the partnership allows CVCC to collaborate and offer through the Alabama Fire College professional development and continuing education opportunities for local and regional public safety agencies.
This program helps prepare students for career opportunities in fire and emergency service agencies, industry, and educational institutions to include:

• Firefighter• Fire Investigator
• Firefighter/EMT• Fire and Life Safety Educator
• Fire Officer• Fire Instructor
• Fire and Life Safety Specialist• Emergency Medical Technician
• Fire Inspector• Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
• Fire Protection Systems Technician

Program content focuses on fire service administration, command, control,  and coordination of emergency incidents, fire suppression operations, fire prevention and education, building construction principles, fire inspections and code enforcement, and emergency medical services. Some courses within the program parallel certification courses offered through the Alabama Fire College. Upon successful completion of these courses and certification exams, students will receive national and/or state certifications. These certifications may include: Fire Inspector I, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, National Incident Management System, EMT license, and Advanced EMT license. Additionally, specific courses are eligible for dual enrollment with area high schools as determined by CVCC.

This fire science certificate program is designed for individuals employed as firefighters or individuals who are seeking employment in the fire service or fire protection industry. The program is an intermediate recognition step for individuals working toward the Fire Science associate degree and is a stackable credential. All coursework in this certificate program applies toward the Associate Science degree in Fire Science.

The certificate program is designed for individuals employed or seeking employment as fire fighters. The certificate is an intermediate recognition step for individuals working toward the A.A.S. Fire Science degree. This program can be completed online or in class within three (3) semester and the certificate courses can be applied toward the A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science.

Credit Earned for Fire/EMS Certifications Held

Upon completion of twelve (12) credit hours of approved Fire Science/EMS courses at CVCC, students may be awarded credit for fire service/EMS certifications that meet relevant national standards as determined by the Director of Public Safety. A maximum of 17 hours of non-traditional credit may be awarded and applied toward graduation. Official certification of completion of approved Fire Academy work must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Certifications must be either an academic transcript from an accredited college, certificate of completion, or a letter on official letterhead from the Fire Academy.

Credit Earned for Fire/EMS Certifications Held

Employment information for Fire Science can be located at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.