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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog


Fire Science, AAS

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The decision to work in public safety is a commendable and selfless sacrifice. It takes a special man or woman to take on the unique challenge of a career in public service and safety.

The Iowa Central Community College Fire Science program provides the knowledge, training and skills necessary for a rewarding career in Fire Fighting Field. The training our students receive can be beneficial to help students enter the field of Fire Fighting or if they are already in the field, the training is beneficial for career advancement. Students also have the opportunity to receive National Certification in Firefighter I & II, Emergency Medical Technician and entry level Wildland Firefighter.

Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science
The Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science is a comprehensive two-year program designed to allow students to gain college credit hours for specific training that will help them enter the field of Fire Fighting. This program is rich in general education courses to facilitate pursuit of a baccalaureate degree and possesses the requisite technical and managerial courses to provide the foundation for leadership in the Fire Science Profession.

Enrollment Date: Fall Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 61.5
Campus: Fort Dodge
Department: Career and Technical Education
CIP#: 43.02030200

Program Outcomes:

  1. Describe theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction.
  2. Identify the fundamental theories of fire Behavior and Combustion.
  3. Identify laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations as they relate to fire service.
  4. Describe and identify various types and uses of fire protection systems.
  5. Describe the components and development of the fire and emergency services.
  6. Explain the 16 Life Safety Initiatives.
  7. Recognize the importance of ethics and communication skills.
  8. Classify and demonstrate the process of conducting fire origin and cause.
  9. Analyze fire cause.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of water hydraulics as it relates to fire protection.
  11. Discuss applicable court decisions that have influenced emergency services.
  12. Describe and analyze the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident management.
  13. Create a strategy and implement appropriate tactics.
  14. Perform practical skills needed for entry level firefighter.

Program of Study

Total Hours: 16

Second Semester

Total Hours: 15.5

Total Hours: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Hours: 15

AAS Degree Total Hours: 61.5


Program Requirements: Students must earn a grade of a “C” or better in all Fire Science program of study courses and meet the necessary prerequisites to progress in the program. Students are required to complete National Background check and State Adult & Child Abuse check.

FESHE Required Courses: FIR 124 , FIR 127  , FIR 152 , FIR 213 , FIR 221 , and FIR 400  

Will accept IFSAC or ProBoard certification at HazMat - Ops Firefighter I level with appropriate documentation for FIR 170  

Footnotes for Degree Requirements:

1 Required general education course.

2 Required elective course.

3 Institutional requirement.

4 May be substituted with a course from the same category on the General Education Course List  .

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Iowa Central Community College not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identify, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status. 

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources, Iowa Central Community College, One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501; Telephone: 515-574-1138, Email: concerns@iowacentral.edu, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov. 

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