The first degree of its kind in the nation.

Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technical Rescue


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. 

The fire science technical rescue 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 positions students 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.

Why choose COTC?

Partnership with Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) 

Ohio Fire Academy Logo COTC partners with the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) to offer the fire science technical rescue associate degree. 


OFA is the only training organization accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in the state of Ohio. As part of that accreditation, 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).


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.  

If I want to study fire science technical rescue, do I need to register for and attend an information meeting? 

All students interested in studying fire science technical rescue must register and attend an online information meeting.

Why do I need to register for and attend an information meeting?

Students must complete certain requirements to enroll in the fire science technical rescue associate degree program. Information meetings are held to go over the requirements in detail. 

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.