There are people who want to be involved in the fire service but not necessarily as firefighters.  While firefighters are the most recognizable personnel in the fire service, there are many facets to the behind-the-scenes personnel.  Areas such as 911 operators, insurance loss prevention, fire inspection, public fire education, and system installation are examples of career fields associated with this degree.  Graduates who have completed this degree are employed throughout New England. Many other graduates have sought further education and have transferred to Oklahoma State University, University of New Haven, University of Maryland, and Keene State College.

 Potential Jobs/Careers

  • 911 operator
  • Fire Prevention Specialist
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Installation Technician

First Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE127LFire Behavior and Combustion303
FIRE231LHazardous Materials Chemistry303
FIRE245LFire and Life Safety Education303
FIRE236LFire Investigation I303
FIRE269L Legal Aspects of Emergency Services303
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101

First Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE124LPrinciples of Emergency Services303
FIRE131LFire Protection Systems303
FIRE140LBuilding Construction for Fire Protection303
FIRE255L Occupational Health and Safety for Emergency Services 303
FIRE256LCommunity Fire and Risk Analysis303

Total Credits: 31

Students are expected to:

  • have command of the English language;
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • not have a felony conviction
  • have reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and comprehend service literature;
  • have communication skills sufficient to prepare and present required reports;
  • have sufficient hearing to distinguish various sounds and noises;
  • have sufficient dexterity to perform manual skills;
  • have the ability to stand for extended periods of time;
  • have normal vision for reading instructions and course materials and for performing manipulative tasks;
  • be able to work in a fire, emergency medical or hazardous material environment;
  • be able to wear fire protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus for an extended period of time;
  • have the ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills, and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
  • have the ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions and immediate crisis response;
  • have the ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
  • have the ability to secure transportation to the NH Fire Academy and to other sites;
  • have the ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
  • have the physical strength necessary for maneuvering and/or lifting heavy objects;
  • have the ability to climb and work on ladders, including heights above 100 feet;
  • have the ability to work in confined spaces while using self-contained breathing apparatus;
  • have the ability to exercise initiative and judgment while dealing with changing situations.

The student who successfully completes this program will:

  • be prepared for employment in companies and organizations associated with fire protection;
  • understand policies and procedures involving workplace safety;
  • understand their role in the company that employs him/her and how it impacts overall fire protection.


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Program Contacts

John Connell


Gary Courtney