Frequently Asked Questions


What are examples or types of technical rescue? 

Technical rescue includes:

  • Rope rescue
  • Confined space rescue
  • Vehicle/machinery rescue
  • Structural collapse rescue
  • Trench rescue
  • Water rescue

What does “high risk/low frequency” mean?

There is greater risk or increased danger involved in performing technical rescue, and the need for technical rescue doesn’t occur frequently or often.  

What are the requirements for the Fire Science Technical Rescue Program?

Ohio Fire Academy (OFA)

An OFA Fire Science Technical Rescue Checklist can help students keep track of the program requirements. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

The fire science technical rescue associate degree program includes hands-on learning and some classes are taken face-to-face. There are some online courses that can be taken as part of the fire science technical rescue program. 

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.