WHAT IS 'FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY (FIST)'?
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, see this this video here.
IS IT FOR YOU?
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.
JOBS AND SALARY EXPECTATIONS
Employment of workers in fire fighting occupations is expected to grow by 12 percent over the 2006-16 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 $45,264.
- Fire Science Technology (FSAAS) - associate in applied science, provides a unique opportunity to build professional skills and expand career possibilities
Summer 2017 classes:
Principles of Emergency Services
Fire Service Law
Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
Fire Fighter I
Fire Fighter II
Fire Investigation II
Hazardous Materials Operations
Hazardous Materials Technician
Fire Protection Systems
Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services Administration
First Responders Foundation
Nebraska Fire Marshal Office
Iowa Fire Marshal Office
International Association of FireFighters
National Volunteer Fire Council
National Fire Academy
National Fallen Fire Fighters 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 emergency 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 click here to obtain a student ID. Once you receive your student ID, then you need to complete the application process by clicking here. 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.
FIRE SCIENCE CAREER ACADEMY
This year, we launched our first 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 email@example.com.
|Jeffrey Strawn, Program Director
||Robb Gottsch, adjuct 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
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.