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Our program provides academic courses and technical training for Johnson County fire-related professionals and those seeking careers in fire science.

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What will you learn in JCCC’s Fire Science AAS  program? 

Set your career in motion by earning through our stackable certificates, practical experience at off-site locations, and advanced courses needed for employment in your local fire department. 

Begin with our Firefighter Certificate and Fire Administration certificates. These certificates are embedded in the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Fire Science.  

The AAS program emphasizes general education in addition to technical education and is built around a core of fire science courses carefully selected by the members of the Fire Science Advisory Committee to prepare for your career growth. Technical electives may be pursued through courses available under a continuing cooperative agreement between area fire science programs or through other degree-granting institutions that are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. You may fulfill technical education requirements through the advanced standing credit process.  

Upon completion, you’ll be prepared for state certification exams in Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Operations, Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technician.  

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 
Explore JCCC's catalog to learn about our Fire Science degree and individual courses
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Why JCCC for Fire Science?

JCCC partners with the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute at the University of Kansas. That guarantees your JCCC credits will transfer if you choose to earn an advanced degree.   

Find your future in Fire Science 

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7 percent up to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With the training you receive at JCCC and other specialty training you could find jobs as:

  • Regional or Local Firefighter
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fire Equipment Operator
  • Fire Management Specialist
  • Fire Technician
  • Forest Fire Suppression Specialist
  • Forestry Fire Technician
  • Hot Shot
  • Wildland Firefighter

With advanced courses or degrees you could qualify for these positions:

  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Science Professor
  • Fire Marshal
  • Emergency Services Manager
  • Safety Consultant
  • Safety Manager
  • Fire Engineer

Find employment projections and salary information at the Power BI Post Graduate Report

Need help with homework? No problem!

JCCC Academic Resource Center offers free tutoring in almost any subject! 

Want to continue your education at a 4-year college or university? You can transfer your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Arrange an appointment with a Counselor to discuss your plans and ensure a smooth transfer experience.  

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

Contact Info

Tim Whitham
Phone: 913-469-4405
Location: WCMT 180

Parri Christie
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 913-469-3510
Location: CLB 243

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