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Fire Science

Program Overview

Firefighter jobs require individuals who possess an elite mindset and physical nature. If you have an innate desire to help others and are physically fit and active, consider a career in firefighting.

The Fire Science program will train you for a potential career in the fire service industry and prepare you for state and national certifications, including the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certification, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), and Firefighter I and II certifications. You’ll gain the skills and broad knowledge needed to serve as an effective firefighter working in a team environment. Qualified instructors will explain theories of fire behavior and methods of fire control and prevention. They will also teach you how to properly use personal firefighting safety gear and firefighting equipment. You’ll master the physical tasks of the job and learn how to mitigate the hazards inherent in firefighting.

If you’re ready to pursue a unique career in this much-needed field, make it happen today and enroll in the Fire Science program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

Envision your classroom as the Phoenix Fire Department Training Academy — a working fire station where you get real-world experience with firefighters as your teachers. Phoenix College partnered with Paradise Valley Community College and the Phoenix Fire Department to offer the Firefighter Operations Academy.

PC’s Fire Science program offers classes like introductions to fire protection, fire department operations, and fitness and conditioning for firefighters. PC also offers courses like fire hydraulics and apparatus, supervisory practices, personnel management, and firefighting tactics and strategies designed specifically for career advancements.

PC offers a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Fire Officer Leadership, Fire Operations, Fire Science, Driver Operator, and Homeland Security.

Next Steps

Discuss your course load with an academic advisor inside the Hannelly Enrollment Center (HC) at our historic, centrally located campus. Future students may contact the program director, Richard Wilson (department chair of criminal justice, emergency response, and legal studies), for more information.