Those interested in becoming a firefighter should earn a fire science degree. Course topics include report writing, fire science law, hazardous materials, mass casualty incident management, fire behavior and combustion, building construction, fire rescue procedures, and methods of controlling different types of fires. Students will learn how to treat victims? injuries with emergency medical services, prepare written reports on fire or emergency incidents, and clean and maintain equipment.
A firefighter puts out fires, rescues victims, and responds to other emergencies such as car accidents and natural disasters. It's also a firefighter's job to teach people about fire safety, inspect buildings for fire hazards, and plan escape routes and emergency firefighting strategies. Firefighters generally have a higher rate of injury and illness than the national average because of overexposure to flames and smoke. Firefighters need to be physically fit, dedicated, ready and willing to sacrifice their lives, and able to think clearly while under lots of stress. Aside from being a firefighter, career options are available as a forest fire inspector, fire equipment specialist, fire safety building inspector, and fire department chief.
Firefighters are usually certified as emergency medical technicians at the EMT-Basic level; and all firefighters must go through 12 to 18 weeks of simulation training to learn how to operate fire engines, fire extinguishers, ladders, hoses, axes, and other firefighting equipment.
American Public University System offers 4 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting degree programs. It's a very large, private for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 82 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting students graduated with students earning 46 Bachelor's degrees, and 36 Associate's degrees.
Lake Superior State University offers 2 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 22 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting students graduated with students earning 17 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.
Columbia Southern University offers 6 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting degree programs. It's a very large, private for-profit, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2019, 671 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting students graduated with students earning 638 Associate's degrees, 24 Bachelor's degrees, and 9 Certificates.
Utah Valley University offers 6 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 232 Fire Science/Fire-Fighting students graduated with students earning 110 Associate's degrees, 95 Bachelor's degrees, and 27 Certificates.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ||32 : 1||7,949|
|CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY||40 : 1||15,880|
|University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, OH||28 : 1||39,263|
|Madonna University Livonia, MI||33 : 1||2,992|
|Anna Maria College Paxton, MA||34 : 1||1,441|
|University of New Haven West Haven, CT||25 : 1||6,793|
|American Public University System Charles Town, WV||132 : 1||45,249|
|Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI||20 : 1||1,984|
|Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, AL||72 : 1||20,034|
|Siena Heights University Adrian, MI||26 : 1||2,337|
|Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL||16 : 1||19,567|
|Columbia College Columbia, SC||23 : 1||1,243|
|Utah Valley University Orem, UT||55 : 1||41,728|
|University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK||21 : 1||7,179|
|University of Florida Gainesville, FL||21 : 1||52,407|
|University of Antelope Valley Lancaster, CA||51 : 1||814|
|Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, ID||21 : 1||3,748|
|New England College Henniker, NH||47 : 1||3,527|
|Purdue University Global Indianapolis, IN||110 : 1||38,138|
|College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO||16 : 1||1,546|