Mount Wachusett Community College’s online Fire Science Technology associate degree transforms you into a public safety leader in your community. This degree is ideal for both individuals looking to begin their careers in fire and emergency services and those who are already a firefighter seeking professional development and educational advancement.
The core focus of the program centers on developing the safety knowledge and leadership skills needed to protect lives and property, prevent fires, safely handle emergency situations, and educate government leaders on preparedness for the future. This will help you build a rewarding career protecting and saving the lives of others and providing a vital community service.
Knowledge to Save Lives and Protect the Community
MWCC’s online Fire Science Technology curriculum covers course concepts that provide you with the foundation for a well-rounded, practical understanding of all aspects of fire prevention and protection. This ensures you will be well-equipped to save lives and protect your community upon graduation from the program.
Fire Science Technology courses are taken entirely online, and concepts include:
- Fire Investigation
- Fire Behavior and Combustion
- Principles of Emergency Services
- Fire Prevention
- Hazardous Materials Chemistry
- Principles of Firefighter Safety & Survival
- Fire Protection Systems
- Legal Aspects
- Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply
- Strategy and Tactics
- Building Construction
- Fire and Emergency Services Administration
Career Outlook with a Fire Science Degree
Firefighters are essential members of a community, dedicating their professional lives to the service and protection of others. As a municipal firefighter, you may be responsible for a wide range of protective duties in addition to controlling and extinguishing fires, including disaster assistance, conduction of rescue efforts, hazardous materials management, and determining fire causation to inform future prevention.
Reflecting that honorable commitment, firefighters often average a salary of $25 to $40 per hour. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the firefighter profession to experience a 5% growth through 2028. Common career paths pursued by graduates of the Fire Science Technology associate degree program include the following:
- Fire Inspector
- Forest Firefighter
- Fire Investigator
- Municipal Firefighter
Watch the video below to find out about the great academic and professional impact of participating in the Fire Science Technology Live-In Program, which allows students to live and learn at the Town of Lunenburg Fire Station.
Esteemed FESHE Certification
MWCC’s online Fire Science Technology degree provides an elite fire science academic experience, meeting the highest national standards. Our program follows the national curriculum of the National Fire Academy. This means that upon graduation, you will receive your Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) certificate, reflecting that you have received appropriate training in firefighting response, fire prevention, fire administration, and Emergency Medical Services management.
Preparation for EMC Certification
The Fire Science coursework also prepares you for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. (Note: EMT is not an online program) As fire departments typically also respond to non-fire related emergencies, firefighters are recommended to also pass the EMT Certification Exam in order to be fully prepared to handle a wide range of public safety and health emergency situations.
Step Into Public Service with a Degree in Fire Science from MWCC
Through Mount Wachusett Community College’s online Fire Science Technology associate degree, you will become a skilled firefighter and confident public service leader who is ready and prepared to serve the community.
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