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Fire Science Technical Rescue Starts this Fall at COTC

​​​ NEWARK, Ohio, March 7, 2019 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will offer a new associate degree this fall that focuses on "high risk-low frequency" operations in fire and emergency services. The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technical Rescue is a cooperative effort between COTC and the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA). 

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Technical rescue is a highly specialized area of fire department operations. The types of emergencies covered in the technical rescue program include rope, confined space, swift water, trench and structural collapse rescue. All technical training will take place at OFA in Reynoldsburg while remaining courses will be completed at COTC. OFA is the only training organization accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in the state of Ohio.

"This degree is the first of its kind," said Gary Johnson, fire science technology program director and assistant professor. "COTC, with the help of OFA, is the only institution to combine technical rescue training into a technical rescue degree program. This is a unique opportunity and great addition to a firefighter's skillset, particularly a company officer seeking advancement." 

Interested individuals can apply now for free. Prior to starting the technical rescue program, students must have Ohio Firefighter I certification, also available at COTC. Learn more at go.cotc.edu/techrescue or contact Johnson at Johnson.6214@cotc.edu or 740-755-7096.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.