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Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

Associate of Science
Business and Professional/Public Service

Why Study Fire Science Technology?

The role of firefighter has become more complicated due to the use of increasingly sophisticated equipment. The responsibilities of a firefighter have expanded to include emergency medical treatment, assisting in recovery from natural disasters, managing cleanup of hazardous materials, building safety compliance, public education, and incident management. The AS degree in Fire Science Technology is designed for those students who want to continue their education at the baccalaureate level and pursue a career in fire or emergency management.

Occupational Objectives:

In addition to an increased demand for skilled firefighters and professional fire and emergency service practitioners, there are career opportunities in public safety and telecommunications, corporate safety specialists, deputy fire marshals, fire and building code inspectors, fire prevention and training specialists and dispatchers. Employment of fire fighters is expected to grow 19% between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Fire Science Technology at RCC

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships
  2. HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fieldwork provides real world experience
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Part-time study can accommodate work, family, or other time commitments. On campus childcare available
  4. FACULTY: Learn from instructors from one of New York’s premier fire departments, as well as other career firefighters and emergency responders
  5. TRANSFER agreements with four-year colleges


Opportunities at Rockland Community College

Fire Science courses are taught by instructors from premier fire departments in the State of New York. RCC student activities include intramural and competitive sports teams and over 30 different student clubs, offering numerous opportunities to socialize and explore your special interests.

Sample Courses:

  • Intro to Fire Technology
  • Principles of Building Construction
  • Intro to Fire & Emergency Services Administration
  • Strategic and Tactical Consideration on the Fireground
  • Legal Aspects of the Fire & Emergency Services


Degree Sheets Program Guides Programs of Study Courses

Program Goals:

The degree is designed to provide students with an effective, rigorous, and dynamic fire technology based program that will motivate and prepare students to support the community by providing fire and emergency services when required. In addition, it will prepare students for the increasing responsibility of firefighters to provide emergency medical treatment, assist in recovery from natural disasters and manage cleanup of hazardous materials.

The program meets or exceeds the guidelines established by the New York Emergency Management System and the National Interagency Integrated Management System (NIIMS) under the Department of Homeland Security.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective knowledge of Fire Technology content areas, including fire safety, critical incident command, emergency planning, fire scene operations, fire exercise planning, fire and emergency operation center organization and management, leadership, resource planning and utilization of national fire science operation guidelines
  • Apply the knowledge base of necessary skills to be able to function within the fire profession at all levels
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, communication and management skills by analyzing situations, determining proper action, understanding the cost and benefit of actions, evaluating possible alternatives and unforeseen circumstances and then taking appropriate action as an incident manager
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