Fire Science Technology: Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (6636)
Do you want a career on the front lines helping people and saving lives? Are you safety-focused and able to make quick decisions that have serious consequences?
If you want to join thousands of firefighters across our region, start with our Fire Science Technology program. It will give you a solid foundation and the technical and professional knowledge you need for an exciting career in fire science technology.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
After receiving your Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in fire science technology, you can work in volunteer or paid community fire services in the governmental, insurance, business and industrial settings. You may become a:
- Code enforcement officer
- Fire safety specialist
- Industrial safety specialist
- Plan reviewer
You are most suited for this program if you are a problem-solver, able to perform in high-pressure situations and demonstrate compassion, courageousness, dependability and physical fitness.
What is the average salary?
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What is HACC’s program like?
Our program provides you with a solid foundation for continuous learning in fire protection, administration and management. We are recognized as following the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Model for Professional Development, which is nationally recognized within the industry.
You will walk away with the technical skills and professional knowledge to succeed in this career. By completing our program, you will be able to:
- Identify the requirements of various fire protection environments and operate the equipment related to those environments
- Recognize the prevention and suppression of hazards by means of building inspections and hazard descriptions, application for safety codes and the use of proper procedures for hauling and storing hazardous materials
- Explain the operations of fire extinguishing and warning systems
- Conduct fire investigations
- Manage a fire protection organization through effective use of manpower and equipment
What classes will I take?
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although this program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, opportunities do exist for you to transfer your credits to a four-year institution. Our associate degree programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.
As a fire science technology student, your transfer options are:
Where can I complete this program?
You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
When can I apply?
HACC offers classes in the spring, summer and fall. You can apply anytime through our website. When you submit your application, please include the unique program code 6636. This code ensures you are applying to the correct program.
How can I learn more?