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Fire Science Program

Man is the only creature that dares light a fire and live with it. Because he alone has learned to put it out. - Henry Jackson Vandyke, Author and Educator

What is Fire Science?

Combining scientific inquiry with engineering principles, Fire Science focuses on the causes, effects, prevention and suppression of fires. It encompasses all aspects of fire protection, including fire safety, fire prevention, fire management, fire behavior, fire investigation and fire fighting. Providing a comprehensive base of practical knowledge, it is solid groundwork for most any career in fire protection.

The Fire Science Program at Macomb

With an emphasis on professionalism, Macomb’s Fire Science Program will provide you with the technical knowhow necessary to take a lead role in fire protection efforts in a fire department or in private industry. In both lectures and labs, you will learn the chemistry of fire and the philosophy and history of fire protection, as well as study extinguishing agents and their application and how to recognize arson. The Fire Science Program at Macomb may be completed 100 percent online. 

Fire Science Courses at Macomb Community College

In the Fire Science Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Basic Emergency Medical Technician Lecture
  • Basic EMT LAB
  • Clinical Rotation for the Basic EMT
  • Fundamentals of Fire Protection
  • Philosophy of Fire Protection
  • Fire Science 1 and 2
  • Fire Protection Equipment and Systems 1 and 2
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy
  • Fundamentals of Fire Protection
  • Philosophy of Fire Protection
  • Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply
  • Fire Department Administration
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Fire Science

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Fire Science, you will be qualified for positions that include firefighter, fire inspector and investigator, and security and fire alarm system installer.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science

The credits earned in Macomb’s Fire Science Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Fire Science Program?

For more information about the Fire Science Program at Macomb, contact the Fire Science Program advisor: Professor Kenneth Staelgraeve, 586.226.4991.

Accreditation

International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC): IFSAC Administrative Office, 1812 West Tyler Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74078. 405.744.8303, Fax: 405.744.8802, https://ifsac.org/about/about-ifsac.

Success Rates

The Fire Academy 2015 pass rate for the firefighter I and II certification with the Michigan Office of Fire Fighter Training was 100% and 2016 pass rate was 100%.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of Firefighters is projected to grow 7 percent to 2022.

Source: American Job Center Network

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For information about program cost, on-time completion rates, typical student debt, and other important information, visit:

 

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