Schools for Aspiring Fire Rescue Professionals

While no degree is required, fire rescue professionals must have knowledge of emergency management and fire prevention equipment, which may be learned from college-level programs. Aspiring firefighters and working fire rescue professionals can find specialized training through colleges and universities across the U.S.

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Fire rescue training is offered through certificates and associate's degree programs. Some fire departments may provide additional training through the fire department's training academy.

10 Schools with Fire Rescue Training Programs

Fire rescue training programs are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition* (2015-2016)
University of the District of Columbia Washington, DC 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,251; Out-of-state $11,233
John Wood Community College Quincy, IL 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $4,410; In-state $7,710; Out-of-state $7,710
Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MS 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,930; In-state $4,106; Out-of-state $5,282
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,429; Out-of-state $13,145
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830
Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,450; In-state $10,508; Out-of-state $11,187
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,674; Out-of-state $17,303
College of Lake County Grayslake, IL 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $3,612; In-state $8,358; Out-of-state $11,046
Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $3,911; Out-of-state $8,200
Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $3,624; Out-of-state $12,456

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Select Criteria

There are several things to consider when selecting a fire rescue training program.

  • Aspiring firefighters might consider a certificate or associate degree program to learn about the foundations of fire suppression and containment of hazardous materials, while working fire rescue professionals may wish to pursue bachelor's degrees to prepare for leadership and administrative positions in the fire and safety industry.
  • Students may want to consider programs that offer a curriculum that is in alignment with the National Fire Protection Association's fire officer qualifications.
  • Some programs incorporate simulation training and/or certificate programs, such as EMT training, to prepare students for real-life emergency situations.
  • Many programs test a candidate's physical endurance before acceptance, so students will want to ensure that they are in good physical shape.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs range from 40-60 credit hours. To complete the program, students generally have to pass a performance skills exam. Some certificate programs may give priority acceptance to applicants who volunteer at or are employed by a fire department.

Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology

Students enrolled in an associate degree program may have the chance to experience simulated structure failure and fire suppression.

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science

Fire science bachelor's programs may introduce new safety technology and research that can lead to proactive responses to fire emergencies. Students may learn motivational techniques and develop plans for emergency responses.

Aspiring firefighters can consider pursuing studies at a college or university to help them move into this career field. It is possible to complete certificate, diploma, or associate's degree studies in emergency services or fire rescue.

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