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 Technical Rescue (FSTR) technology at COTC. This is a new degree that launches autumn semester of 2019.
It is the
first of its kind in the nation and a cooperative effort between COTC and the Ohio
Fire Academy (OFA).
OFA is the only training organization accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in the state of Ohio. OFA provides a comprehensive offering of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006 compliant, IFSAC accredited technical rescue courses (NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications).
Trained firefighters know how, educated firefighters know why!
Technical Rescue is a highly specialized "high risk/low frequency" area of fire department operations that requires a disproportionate amount of training and education when compared to "low risk / high frequency" operations in Fire and Emergency Services (FES).
The Fire Science Technical Rescue (FSTR) technology program not only meets the needs of students, but also satisfies the demands of the area job market, improves employability of students and significantly improves technical rescue and scene/administrative management skills. Successful completion of this program uniquely qualify/position the individual for advancement in the fire department, particularly at the "company officer level". Professional competencies accomplished through this degree also provide a safer work environment for firefighters and significantly increase the chances of successful victim rescue and improved patient outcomes in a high risk environment.