Associate in Science
The Fire Science Technology (A.S.) program provides training for individuals who desire to move up the career ladder in their profession. This program will provide the foundation for officers to gain a better understanding of the complexities of managing a modern fire department. Fire science and general education courses are offered on a primary night and alternate night or day basis.
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.
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.
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.
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Total Credit Hours: 60