Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

​​ FireScience.jpg Start Your Firefighting Career or Advance
 Professionally at COTC
Start your firefighting career, or advance professionally, by earning your Associate of Applied Science  Degree in Fire Science at COTC. Secure a strong technical foundation in the strategies and tactics of firefighting, fire safety and prevention, and emergency incident management. Develop administrative and leadership skills necessary to advance in the Fire Science field.

Distinguish yourself at COTC

  • Gain college credit for past education, training, and life experience
  • Program designed for both seasoned professionals and those new to firefighter training
  • Flexible course schedules
  • Full or part-time enrollment
  • EMT or Paramedic certification
  • Financial Aid eligibility for students pursuing a Fire Science degree
  • Transfer-friendly, accredited curriculum


The two-year Fire Science program at COTC is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). 

IFSAC accreditation applies to all sites where courses are offered.

Students entering the fire science program shall meet the medical requirements as outlined in chapter 6 of NFPA 1582 standard or utilize the pension board medical exam as a fulfillment of NFPA 1001 requirements. Clarification of Entrance Requirements

Fire Science Technology Advisory Committee

Chief Casey Curtis, Granville Fire Department

Chief Chad Christopher, Mt. Vernon Fire Department

Chief Patrick Connor, Newark Fire Department

Thomas Evans, student, Central Ohio Technical College

Assistant Chief Jack Rupp, Plain Twp. Fire Department

Erna Holland, Adult Ed. Healthcare and Public Safety Coordinator, C-TEC

Scott Walker, Dept. Superintendent , Ohio Fire Academy

Gerry Robinson, Community Member

Professor Nicholas Shay, Central Ohio Technical College



The 2-year graduation rate for the autumn 2015 Fire Science entering cohort was 25 %.

Recent Fire Science Technology graduates reported being employed as full- or part-time in their field of study at a rate of 100%.

Graduate Survey Data

Graduate Survey by Semester


Highly recommended coursework
The Fire Science Technology Program at COTC follows the US Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recommended curriculum.
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Advance your career faster
Through a groundbreaking partnership, The Ohio Fire Training Academy and COTC have joined forces to provide training for the fire service that will get students ready for the job faster.
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Get started with Firefighter I and II
Individuals can earn COTC college credit while completing Ohio Firefighter I and II training through the Career and Technical Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC).