Fire Science Technology

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Firefighters are the public's first line of defense against loss of life and property. They are frequently the first emergency responders on scene at accidents, ready to treat injuries and perform vital functions. While firefighters are most often thought of as those who control and extinguish fires, much of their work focuses on prevention, providing public education programs on control and extinguishment of fires, as well as on enforcing laws and regulations that support a safe environment. In addition, they respond to non-fire emergencies such as terrorist activity, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle accidents, water main breaks and utility emergencies. They must be physically fit and able to deal with people in crisis. Their work environment is oftentimes stressful and dangerous; therefore, the successful effective firefighter must be a critical thinker and an excellent communicator. Education in the field serves to produce a well-trained individual who is better capable of handling the emergency they're facing.

The Fire Science Technology program at Metropolitan Community College focuses on the studies that will provide the successful graduate with the knowledge and tools to perform as a firefighter as safely and effectively as possible.

For an MCC Fire Science program overview, visit the MCC YouTube Channel.


If you have a motivation to serve, effective communication skills, a strong work ethic, honesty and integrity, then firefighting may be for you. All courses will be held at the Applied Technology Center and books must be purchased at Fort Omaha Campus. 


Employment of workers in fire fighting occupations is expected to grow by 5 percent over the 2014-24 decade, which is as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job growth will stem from volunteer firefighting positions being converted to paid positions. The national median for salary is $46,870.

program description

  • Fire Science Technology (FSAAS) - associate in applied science, provides a unique opportunity to build professional skills and expand career possibilities
  • Application (PDF)

Summer 2018 classes:

Principles of Emergency Services
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
Hazardous Materials Operations
Hazardous Materials Technician
Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply
Firefighter I
Firefighter II
Fire Investigation II

Online courses:

Fire Protection Systems
Introduction to Fire & Emergency Services Administration

Other resources:

First Responders Foundation
Nebraska Fire Marshal Office
Iowa Fire Marshal Office
International Association of FireFighters
National Volunteer Fire Council
National Fire Academy
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Why I Chose Fire: Next Generation Career Video

MCC Fire Science Technology Program Receives FESHE Recognition

The FESHE Recognition Certificate is an acknowledgement that particular collegiate division of Fire and Emergency Services For Higher Education Logoemergency services degree programs meet the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy.

These regionally accredited colleges and universities have demonstrated a commitment to the nationally recognized FESHE model of standardized professional development education criteria. At present, FESHE has concentrated on degree programs that emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention and fire administration and emergency medical services management degree programs.

Current students enrolled in these FESHE courses can obtain a FEMA student ID. Once you receive your student ID, then you need to complete the application. Once the application is completed and printed, please either submit to your Instructor or forward to the Fire Science Department located at Applied Technology Center, office 106.


This is our second year of our high school career academy open to all junior and senior high schoolers attending from any one of our four county area high schools. Currently, we have students from Sarpy, Douglas and Washington County. If you, or a high schooler you know, is interested in pursuing a career in firefighting, have them contact their school career/guidance counselor for an application, or contact program director Jeff Strawn at 531-MCC-5825 or email

​Program Faculty

Jeffrey Strawn, program director Robb Gottsch, adjunct faculty
Terry Barney, adjunct faculty Nick Gangwish, adjunct faculty
Mike Davenport, adjunct faculty Brock Borhart, adjunct faculty
Nolan Paulsen, adjunct faculty Joe Dekker, adjunct faculty
James Wisinski, adjunct faculty Adam Boswell, adjunct faculty
Nate Spath, adjunct faculty Pete Andrews, adjunct faculty
Zach Lauritzen, adjunct faculty Mike Manning, adjunct faculty
Mike Connolly, adjunct faculty Chris Gage, adjunct faculty
Jack Gangwish, adjunct faculty Dustin Talacko, adjunct faculty
Kelly Ryan, adjunct faculty LeeVonn Alley, adjunct faculty
Jeff Thielen, adjunct faculty Derek McMillin, adjunct faculty
Toby Ingram, adjunct faculty Charlie Neumann, adjunct faculty
Justin Frost, adjunct faculty Ben Salo, adjunct faculty
Todd Morhead, adjunct faculty Sean Dean, adjunct faculty
Earl Rudolph, adjunct faculty Joel Sacks, adjunct faculty
David Sobotka, adjunct faculty  

Credit Classes and Registration

  • Find class schedule
  • Register for classes - Students cannot register for classes until they have received an acceptance letter from the office of Health and Public Services. Once this letter has been received, students can contact Registration at 531-MCC-5231 or call Kelli Grammer directly at 531-MCC-4791.
  • Application