Graduation June 21, 2024 – Guest Speaker Ken West, President & CEO of HCA Florida JFK Hospital

Earn Your Fire Science Degree at HCI to Become a Firefighter

Fire Science Degree at HCI

Firefighters are some of the community’s more important members. Not only are firefighters the first line of defense against wild flames, firefighters advanced in their career work in other ways to keep people and structures safe, provide guidance, and uphold safety standards that can help prevent dangerous and even deadly situations.

At HCI, you can earn a degree in fire science to help you embark upon this important career, or to further your current position as a volunteer firefighter.

Volunteer vs. Career Firefighters

The call for volunteer versus career firefighters depends mainly on geography and population. Stations and communities on the smaller side or serving a smaller population generally utilize a volunteer corps, but larger regions or those that respond to a greater volume of calls require career firefighters.

To work in any capacity as a firefighter, you first need to obtain a certification. Prospects should be at least 18 years old, have graduated high school or obtained a GED, pass basic vision and physical ability tests, clear a background check, and have a valid driver’s license. For some, this certification will be the ultimate in training and education. But for others who wish to advance in their career as a firefighter, an associate of science or bachelor of science degree in fire science is key to upward mobility.

A Fire Science Degree at HCI

Some of the courses required for the fire science degree are:

● Fire Prevention Practices
● Private Fire Protection Systems I
● Fire Service Course Delivery
● Building Construction For The Fire Service
● Company Officer
● Fire Codes & Standards
● Fire Fighting Tactics & Strategy I
● Fire Fighting Tactics & Strategy II
● Fire Investigation Origin & Cause
● Construction Documents & Plans Review
● Fire Service Course Design
● Fire Service Microcomputer Applications

Along the journey to your degree in fire science, you will study and learn about more administrative responsibilities of the firehouse, as well as earn the credentials to rise up among the staff. Fire science degrees open the door to high-level positions including fire chief, fire inspector, and fire prevention specialist. In all of these professional capacities, you can play an important role in public safety.

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