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Fire Science is essential to the health and safety of our communities. At Johnson County Community College, our Fire Science program including practical experience at off-site locations will prepare you for a rewarding career as a firefighter or fire safety professional.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Fire Science Program?

In JCCC’s Fire Science program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to advance in a Fire Science career. Throughout our Fire Science courses, you’ll learn about:

  • Firefighter safety
  • Fire Behavior
  • Protective clothing and equipment
  • Firefighting techniques
  • Emergency response contingency plans
  • Fire investigation and laws of arson
  • Fire codes

Ignite your career through our stackable certificates with courses needed for employment in your local fire department, beginning with our Firefighter Certificate. In just two semesters, you will take the following classes:

  • EMS 129: Emergency Medical Responder
  • FIRE 112: Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations
  • FIRE 113 Firefighter I
  • FIRE 114: Firefighter II
  • FIRE 115: Firefighter Practicum
  • EMS 132: Emergency Medical Technician

Advance your career with six core fire service courses through our Fire Administration Certificate, and then complete your Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science degree from JCCC.

You’ll get comprehensive training specifically designed to:

  • Prepare you for employment with area fire service agencies.
  • Promote your professional development and deliver skills for advancement in fire service.
  • Teach the latest industry principles and theory on fire safety.
  • Reinforce best practices in tactical operations.

Why JCCC's Fire Science Program?

There are numerous benefits of choosing to pursue your Fire Science education at Johnson County Community College. JCCC is accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and works in close cooperation with the Johnson County Fire Chiefs Association. Because of our partnership with the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute at the University of Kansas, your JCCC credits will transfer if you choose to earn an advanced degree.

Two more excellent reasons to choose JCCC’s Fire Science program: cost and accessibility.

  • We’re affordable. Costs are reasonable and our campus is convenient to the metro area.
  • We’re accessible. Our Fire Science courses are taught in a shift-friendly manner through the Canvas online learning management system.
This is a selective admission program. See how to apply for Fire Academy

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving Fire Science. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and the job prospects.

Fire Science Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the different roles and activities commonly required of managers.
  • Describe the research methods used to study leadership behavior.
  • Identify what organizational processes determine a company’s performance.
  • Recognize why cross-cultural research on leadership is important
  • Explain the types of laws, legal status and liabilities that impact inspections.
  • Describe the components and basic operations of automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Describe service testing and inspection methods for fire detection and alarm systems.
  • Describe how an incident management system can be used to coordinate other agencies that are involved with an emergency.
  • Describe the four critical leadership skills in the Crew Resource management program/
  • Describe the three purposes of a pre-incident planning survey.
  • Summarize the NIOSH model for initial size-up of a fire.

Fire Science Student Achievement

Download the Fire Science Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.

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