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Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Business, Technology and Public Service

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial

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basic firefighter certificate students may qualify for grant funding

Starting Fall 2023, students who enroll in the Pikes Peak State College Fire Science Basic Firefighter Certificate Program may have their tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs covered while funding is available through Career Advance Colorado. Students are required to apply for 2023-24 FAFSA as well as the Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF) to be eligible for this program.

Contact  financialaid@pikespeak.edu for more information.

Fire Science Technology, Management, Wildland

These programs are designed to allow an opportunity for experienced firefighters to receive awarded credits for knowledge gained through experience and training through the Fire Science Prior Learning Assessment Program.

A plan for entry into the completion of the Fire Science Technology or Fire Service Management degrees should be discussed with the Fire Science faculty advisors. This advising is needed to provide thorough information on the requirements of the degree programs as well as to align the courses of the degrees with the students' academic and career goals.

Students may complete deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll. 

Fire Science Technology Classes You Might Take

PPSC’s Fire Science Technology Program is nationally recognized by the United States Fire Administration's (USFA) National Fire Academy as a member of the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network.
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Provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.

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Introduces hazardous materials incidents, recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, planning response, implementing response procedures, decision making, and continued evaluation at the awareness and operation level.

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Addresses the requirements necessary to perform at the first level of progression as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This is a lecture and lab course for meeting the NFPA 1001, level I, standard. This is a 9 credit Lecture/Lab course with 13 total hours a week in the classroom and drill ground. This is a highly demanding course that will get you ready for the Colorado State Firefighter 1 Certification skills test at the end of your 16 week academy.

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Voices of PPSC

Chief Glen Silloway

Voices of PPSC

My dad was a volunteer firefighter so it became a part of my life at a very young age, and I just knew it was for me. While riding with him in junior high and high school, I saw a lot of things that stuck with me for life.

Glen Silloway | Fire Chief, Retired, Fort Carson Fire Department
PPSC Class of 1986

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which you will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Upon completion of the Fire Science Technology degree program, you should be able to:

  • Formulate basic fire ground strategies and tactics to be used during structure fire incidents

  • Distinguish the different stages and types of fire behavior

  • Compare the five building construction types and how they play a role during structural firefighting

  • Analyze how and why the fire service incorporates safety and health measures

  • Compare and contrast fire detection and suppression systems in various types of buildings

Fire Science Technology

  • EMP 1001 - Principles of Emergency Management 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • FST 1002 - Principles/Emergency Services 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • FST 1003 - Fire Behavior & Combustion 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • FST 1005 - Building Construction for Fire Protection 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • FST 1006 - Fire Prevention 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • FST 1009 - Occupational Safety & Health for Fire 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • MAT 1140 - Career Math 3 Credit Hour(s) or higher

  • ENG 1021 - English Composition I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

  • ENG 1022 - English Composition II CO2 3 Credit Hour(s)

Contact Us

Fire Science Faculty Advisors

David Cates
(719) 502-3060
Centennial Campus

Kristofor Johnson
(719) 502-3040
Centennial Campus

Ty Mather
(719) 502-3505
Centennial Campus

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