Fire Science: Municipal Fire Control Degree (A.A.S.)
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in fire science with a concentration in municipal fire control is a two-year program focused on preparing you to work as an emergency services professional with specific skills related to working in a municipal fire department. The program provides a unique learning environment where you will have the opportunity to apply your classroom education through hands-on training and obtain practical vocational experience through local fire and rescue organizations.
Program coursework includes principles of emergency services, fire prevention, strategies/tactics, rescue practices, fire behavior/combustion, hydraulics and water supply, hazardous materials, fire protection systems, and fire administration. You will also complete coursework that leads to IFSAC/Proboard Firefighter certification and certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Summer Firefighter Academy (Specialized Training)
The summer firefighter academy offered through the fire science program is a 10-week program that combines five weeks of online learning with a five-week paramilitary style skills academy. Upon successful completion of the program you will earn 12 credits towards your A.A.S. degree in fire science and will be eligible to test for Alaska Fire Fighter I certification.
The minor in fire science is designed to provide you the opportunity to complete coursework that leads to IFSAC/Proboard Firefighter certification and certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
This minor is a great choice for Bachelor of Arts degree-seeking students who need to satisfy their minor requirement or Associate of Arts students who want to explore fire science as an area of interest.
There is an increasing demand for fire department and emergency services administrators educated in fire science, emergency medical services, rescue practices, hazardous materials, terrorism threats and business management practices. The program offers students a fundamental working knowledge of the various aspects of municipal fire control and wildland fire control.
The primary goal of the fire science program is to make students the most attractive candidates for job openings and promotions within fire and other emergency services fields. The program has an extremely successful placement rate for graduates, and it is one of the top fifteen programs in the country in terms of number of degrees conferred.
A.A.S. graduates will also have earned 45 credits towards bachelor’s in emergency management. This opportunity for continued education will prepare students to become highly competitive candidates for job openings and promotion to chief officer or administrative positions within fire departments and related fields.
Students receive classroom education along with hands-on training through local fire and rescue organizations. Instructors provide a high level of technical expertise on a variety of emergency and fire science services.
PARTNERSHIPS: The program’s great success rate for placing graduates in a variety of emergency service related careers across the state of Alaska and the nation is, in part, due to the partnership the program has with local fire and rescue organizations. These organizations provide students with practical vocational experience and hands-on training that is crucial to the students’ future career success.
WORK STUDY OPPORTUNITIES: One of the greatest benefits of studying fire science at UAF CTC is the opportunity for you to be employed as a student at a working fire department. We encourage students to apply for employment with any of the fire departments that UAF CTC works in cooperation with to provide real world experience to while earning their degree.
- Chena Goldstream Fire Department
Offers scholarships and live-in opportunities.
- Ester Fire Department
Offers live-in opportunities.
- North Pole Fire Department
Offers live-in opportunities
- North Star Fire Department
Offers live-in opportunities
- Steese Fire Department
Offers scholarships and live-in opportunities
- University Fire Department
Offers paid student firefighter positions
SCHOLARSHIPS: There are five annual scholarship opportunities for fire science students. Students also have the opportunity for intern scholarships that offer tuition, books, fees and housing assistance. Competitive student firefighter positions are also available through the University Fire Department, one of the few student-run fire departments in the nation.
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