Our Associate Degree in fire science gives a strong background in fire science core curriculum and general education. Training in this field is designed for fire service personnel and for individuals seeking careers in fire protection and prevention. A degree in fire science will open up opportunities for promotions within your department, enhance your potential for a lateral transfer, or improve career opportunities in the field of arson investigation, industrial safety, fire insurance or fire protection engineering.
With the ability to complete at least 80% of the program through distance learning, the QCC Fire Science program offers the convenience and flexibility you need combined with the experience and solid curriculum you would expect from a designated Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) College recognized by the National Fire Academy.
You will test your skills and knowledge in our laboratories to provide you with hands-on experience facing and solving problems in areas such as fire dynamics, fire detection and alarms, automatic sprinklers, and fire/arson investigation. Some of the knowledge you will gain through this program includes recognizing and identifying chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; characteristics and behavior of fire and extinguishing agents; methods of controlling and extinguishing various types of fires; and the reaction to heat and fire of various types of construction. You will leave this program with a solid foundation in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, and firefighting strategy and tactics.
All our instructors have hands-on experience in the field that adds up to combined dozens of years of service within various areas in the field of fire protection. Our adjunct instructors are professionals in the public and private sectors and interact with firefighters on a regular basis. This gives them the necessary knowledge in the latest research in fire safety and technology so they can then pass it on to you.