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Fire Science Technology

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, honest 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.

program description

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

Spring 2017 classes:

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
Fire Fighter I
Fire Fighter II
Hazardous Materials Chemistry
Hazardous Materials Operations
Hazardous Materials Technician
Fire Investigation I

Online courses:

Principles of Property and Casualty Insurance
Fire Prevention, Inspection and Codes

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 Fire Fighters Foundation
Why I Chose Fire: Next Generation Career Video

MCC Fire Science Technology Program Receives FESHE Recognition

MCC's Fire Science Technology associate degree in applied science is one of only two Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education recognized programs in Nebraska.

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

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

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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
531-622-5825 or email  jgstrawn@mccneb.edu.


‚ÄčProgram Faculty

Jeffrey Strawn, program director/EMS instructor
Charlie Neumann, adjunct faculty
Robb Gottsch, adjuct faculty
Terry Barney, adjunct faculty
Nick Gangwish, adjunct faculty
Mike Davenport, adjunct faculty
Brock Borhart, adjunct faculty
Todd Morhead, adjunct faculty
Joe Dekker, adjunct faculty
Nolan Paulsen, adjunct faculty
James Wisinski, adjunct faculty
Earl Rudolph, adjunct faculty
Sean Dean, adjunct faculty
Toby Ingram, 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
Ben Salo, adjunct faculty
Dustin Talacko, adjunct faculty
Kelly Ryan, adjunct faculty
LeeVonn Alley, adjunct faculty
Jeff Thielen, 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