Health & Safety Occupations

Fire Science

CC Fire Science graduate on the job

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Structure Firefighter- volunteer, combination, and career fire departments
  • Crash Rescue Firefighter
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Fire Prevention and Public Education
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Emergency Response Teams - Oil & Gas Industries 

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

 

Students earn an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science upon successful completion of this program. 


Upon completion of an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science at City College, students may transfer into the Outdoor Adventure Leadership- Fire Science track at Montana State University Billings and complete a Bachelor of Science degree. 

 

PLAN OF STUDY 

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL ARE

  • Honest with themselves, their team, and the public.
  • Compassionate and kind in caring for those they serve.
  • Mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy and balanced.
  • Strong team players and they enjoying working as members of a crew.
  • Hands-on doers who are comfortable and happy being outdoors.
  • Stress tolerant and able to work in dangerous and changing situations.
  • Willing to risk their lives, in a highly calculated manner, to save “savable” lives.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN 
  • Safe, standards-based, entry-level firefighting skills
  • Principles of followership and leadership
  • How to be a resilient Firefighter
  • Incident command and fireground strategy and tactics
  • Modern fire behavior, science, and application
  • Principles of air management, crew resource management, and firefighter safety
  • How to safely control, contain, and confine hazardous materials incidents
  • National standards in wildland firefighting
  • Why it’s important to develop proactive fire prevention and public education programs
  • How firefighters learn and how to instruct firefighters
CAREER CLOSEUP

Job Outlook and Pay Info

 

Median Wage (MT)*

$34,900


 Median Wage (US)*

$38,700


 Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)

$31,363


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2016)

24%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2012)

26%


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

  

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ACCREDITATION

 

City College at Montana State University Billings is International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Degree Assembly accredited.  An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation is granted only after a review by a panel consisting of representatives from other member institutions.  For more information, please visit IFSAC.

 Fire Science Accred

 

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION