Begin or advance your career as a fire fighter with an associate degree in Fire Science Technology from COTC.
Why choose COTC for fire science education and credentialing?
The two-year Fire Science Technology program at COTC is the only degree program in central Ohio accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
The Fire Science Technology Program at COTC was the first program in the central Ohio to be recognized by U.S. Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and follows the FESHE recommended curriculum.
PartnershipsAdditionally, COTC has agreements with two program partners to offer students flexibility and options in selecting training courses.
Learn more about COTC's Fire Science Technology associate degree program.
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 Training - Full-time, daytime program - Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) (Reynoldsburg, OH)
- Students attend class at the Ohio Fire Academy Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The daytime program is ten weeks with some evenings and weekends as arranged/needed.
- There are applications and documents due at least 35 days prior to the start of a class - click here for a COTC OFA checklist.
Fire Training - Part-time, evening program - C-TEC (Newark, OH)
- Students attend class at C-TEC Adult Career Center two nights a week from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
- The evening program is 16 weeks with some Saturdays as arranged/needed.
- There are applications and documents due prior to the start of a class - click here for a COTC C-TEC checklist.
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COTC Fire Science Technology Advisory Committee
The Fire Science Technology program benefits from a diverse and dedicated Advisory Committee comprised of students and professionals with vested interest in academic and industry excellence.
- 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, Deputy Superintendent (ret.)
- Professor Nicholas Shay, Central Ohio Technical College
Graduate Survey Data
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%.