Emergency Response and Operations

Fire Science

The Fire Science program and curriculum is suitable for the professional first responder, as well as individuals wishing to explore careers in emergency response. 

The Fire Science program will help students develop personal discipline, confidence, and the career skills critical in emergency response operations. In addition, the program also offers courses aimed at career development to prepare first responder professionals for rank advancement, such as captain, battalion chief, or deputy chief.

Coursework includes hazardous materials training and physical conditioning classes, which are geared to prepare students for the demands of fire/EMT academies in addition to the hiring and testing processes.

There is several career pathways in Fire Science:

  • Four (4) Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Emergency Management, Firefighter Operations, Driver Operator and Fire Officer Leadership.
  • An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Response Operations.

Why Fire Science @EMCC?

The Fire Science programs across the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) have a reputation of excellence and are closely aligned with the all of the fire departments in Maricopa County. EMCC has developed strong partnerships with the southwest valley communities including Avondale, Goodyear, and Buckeye.

EMCC fulfills a much-needed resource for firefighter training and certification. In the fall 2012, EMCC established a Fire Academy, offering FSC102 Fire Department Operations to qualified students that have met the admission criteria. Upon successful completion of the class, the students will qualify for the “Firefighter I and II” certification issued by the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence (AZCFSE).

High-quality faculty consists of current or retired professionals whose goal is your success.

This program is part of the Public Safety Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks and professional opportunities within their selected field(s) of study.

Career and Employment Outlook

Maricopa County is expected to experience a large number of retirements over the coming years as a result of changes to the state pension system. Further, the West Valley is starting to see a return of new housing starts, which is an indication that growth will be returning to a region that had once experienced double-digit growth. The retirees must be replaced and as staffing needs grow, the hiring environment will become highly competitive. While having a degree is not a guarantee for employment, students with one will be uniquely positioned in a competitive process against those without one.

Some fire departments require a two-year degree to consider an individual eligible for entry-level positions; other departments may offer promotional and salary incentives to associate degree program graduates. 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Fire Science program are designed for:

  • Students preparing for a career in emergency response will develop the skills and knowledge for an entry-level position. The program includes a balance of classroom sessions and practical hands-on training.
  • Career and volunteer emergency responders will increase their knowledge, upgrade their job skills and enhance their personal growth. The program also offers instruction in fire service management and operations.
  • Students and professionals in related fields—e.g., fire protection engineering, insurance investigations and inspection services, and fire service instruction/training— expand their knowledge base through this program.
Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Applied Science