Fire Science Technology


MCC FIRE SCIENCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW VIDEO                                                                              

All Classes are held at our ATC Campus located at 10407 State Street. Books can solely be purchased at Fort Omaha Campus located at 30th & Fort.

Winter 2016 Classes:

Principles of Emergency Services
Building Construction for Fire Protection
Occupational Safety & Health for Emergency Services
Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival
Strategy & Tactics

On Line Courses:

Fire Protection Systems

Introduction to Fire & Emergency Services Administration



First Responders Foundation
Nebraska Fire Marshal Office
Iowa Fire Marshal Office
International Association of Fire Fighters
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

Metropolitan Community College's Fire Science Technology Associate Degree is one of only two FESHE recognized programs in Nebraska.

The Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (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 srudent 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 the ATC Campus, Office 106.


Career2016-(1).jpgThis year, we launched our first high school career academy open to all Junior & Senior high schoolers attending from any one of our 4 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


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 enforce laws, ordinances, rules 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 and 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.

While some students earn degrees in broad subjects like Business Management or Human Services, employers are more interested in graduates from programs that teach skills that directly apply to the profession. This is especially true if you’re interested in a career in firefighting. Applicants with fire science degrees are almost certain to be hired more quickly coming out of college than their counterparts with more general degrees.

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.

Is it for you?

If you have:

  • motivation to serve
  • effective communication skills
  • physical, mental, emotional health
  • ability to exercise sound judgment
  • strong sense of responsibility
  • compassion (even when stressed)
  • ability to work as team member
  • tolerance
  • honesty and integrity
  • problem-solving skills
  • strong work ethic
  • sense of humor

Firefighting may be for you!

Jobs and Salary expectations

Employment of workers in fire fighting occupations is expected to grow by 12 percent over the 2006-2016 decade, which is as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job growth will stem from volunteer fire fighting positions being converted to paid positions. The national median for salary is $45,264 (some city departments range as high as $76,000 annually).

Program Faculty

  • Jeffrey Strawn, Fire Science 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

Note:  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 531-622-5231 or call Kelli Grammer directly at 531-622-4791.