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About Fire Technology

Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Firefighters help protect the public against these dangers by rapidly responding to a variety of emergency situations in fire related incidents and medical responses.

Firefighters work in many different settings, including both urban and suburban areas, airports, chemical plants and other industrial sites, and rural areas like grasslands, agricultural locations, and forests. In addition, some firefighters work in hazardous materials units, and training is now being offered in combating the effects of bio-terrorism.

It must be recognized, however, that firefighting in general involves hazardous conditions and long, irregular hours. Although positions in the fire service are generally open to high school graduates, keen competition for positions has increased the desirability of a fire science degree from a community college. The degree has appeared to improve an applicant's chance for full-time employment.

Program Overview

Fire Technology offers two major programs in both Associates and Certificate:

See course descriptions for more information.

Fire Technology students acquire basic or advanced knowledge that allows them to begin at entry level positions in different aspects of the fire service.

Upon successful completion of a selected program, students qualify for employment in the following areas: firefighting, fire prevention, management, extinguishers and extinguishing systems repair and servicing, and other fire-related career opportunities. Recent graduates have successfully transferred their Associate Degree credits to Keene State College, University of New Haven, University of Maryland, Lake Superior State, Eastern Kentucky University, Oklahoma State University, John Jay College, College of Lifelong Learning, and Northeastern University.

In addition to the Fire Technology technical criteria, fire science students must be physically fit to perform rigorous tasks in firefighting to pass NH Fire Standards and Training certification. Students must be able to lift heavy objects such as ladders, fire hoses and other related equipment, have good eyesight and hearing, be able to don self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.), enter hazardous atmospheres and be able to work at various heights. All fire science students must possess a current physical examination stating that they are fit for rigorous physical activity prior to starting the program.

The college reserves the right to change without notice any academic or other requirements, course offerings and course contents contained in this profile.