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Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

Associate in Science
Business and Professional/Public Service

Why Study Fire Science Technology?

Rockland Community College’s Fire Technology programs are designed to meet the increasing needs of Rockland County and its neighboring communities for students preparing for careers as firefighters, fire and emergency service practitioners; or engineer specialists, who identify fire hazards in homes and workplaces.

The AS degree in Fire Science Technology is designed for those students who want to continue their education at the baccalaureate level and want to pursue a career in fire or emergency management.

Occupational Objectives:

Studies in fire technology guide the student through a series of college level courses that are designed to prepare the student for a career in the highly demanding field of fire and emergency services. The student will be able to explore additional career opportunities such as fire heavy equipment operator, fire prevention specialist, fire hazard program specialist, fire training specialist, public safety and education, dispatcher and telecommunications and other related areas.

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 provides an effective, rigorous, and dynamic fire technology-based program that will attract, 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 will meet or exceed 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