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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayPublic Safety
AdvisorKevin Granberg
Coordinator, Fire Science Programs
850.769.1551 ext 5606

Senior Administrative AssistantVictoria Byrd
850.769.1551 ext 5615

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Fire Science Technology, A.S.

Would You Like to Pursue Advancement to Fire Inspector or Fire Officer?

If you have enjoyed your time as a firefighter and are ready for the next step in your career, the Fire Science Technology A.S. program is for you. This program prepares you for advancement in the fire service. Your completion of the company officer courses leads to Fire Officer Certification or you can complete the inspection courses leading  to Fire Inspector Certification.

Firescience Class

Fire Science Technology Requirements

ENC1101, English I
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Visual & Performing Arts
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MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics 
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Physical Sciences
Biological Sciences
PSY2012 or SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology
POS2041, American National Government or AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency

SPC1608, Intro. to Public Speaking
CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications
FFP1610, Fire Cause and Arson Detection
FFP2810, Firefighting Strat. and Tactics I
FFP2700, Fire Department Administration
FFP1505, Fire Prevention Practices
FFP2720, Company Officer
FFP1540, Fire Protection Systems/Devices
FFP2120, Building Construction
FFP2111, Fire Chemistry
Technical Electives Inspection and/or Tactics Courses

Inspector Courses

FFP1510, Building and Fire Codes
FFP2521, Blueprint Reading and Plans Exam

Tactics Courses

FFP1302, Fire Apparatus Operations
 FFP1301, Firestream Hydraulics
FFP2811, Firefighting Strat. and Tactics II

Technical Electives

Any FFP Fire Science Course
EMS1119, Emergency Medical Technician
EMS1401, Emergency Med. Tech. Lab
EMS1335, Emergency Vehicle Operator I
FFP2740, Fire Science Instructor Techniques
FFP1741, Fire Service Course Design
FFP2706, Public Information Officer
FFP2770, Ethical & Legal Issues of the Fire Service
FFP2793, Fire & Life Safety Educator I
FFP1140, 1st Responder
FFMS (with passing SCE)

What can you do with a Fire Science Technology Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Fire Safety Inspector
Emergency Management Director
Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineer
Municipal Fire Fighter
Ambulance Driver and Attendant
Fire Fighter

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

South Florida University
University of Florida

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Fire Service Equipment and Labs

Our North Bay Campus has all the facilities necessary to develop the additional skills needed for advancement. Talk to the advisor today to see the variety of labs and simulations that will be used during your training at Gulf Coast State College.

Are you ready to get Started ?

How to apply to the Fire Science Technology Program

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

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Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


Register for Classes

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.