Firefighting is one of the most demanding, fulfilling and rewarding professions there is.  Every city and town around the world relies on firefighters to keep them safe, mitigate emergencies, and educate their citizens in fire prevention.  Whether an emergency be fire or EMS-related, rest assured that there will be graduates from this program on the scene. Graduates have two options moving forward after they complete this degree.  They can either seek employment or transfer to a four-year institution. The program is recognized by the United States Fire Administration through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program and is currently ranked as the #4 program in the United States of 221 colleges.

 Potential Jobs/Careers

  • Firefighter

First Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE124LPrinciples of Emergency Services303
FIRE136LFire Ground Procedures2126
FIRE131LFire Protection Systems303
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101
 Mathematics Elective303

First Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE140LBuilding Construction for Fire Protection 303
FIRE160LFire Prevention 303
FIRE200LAdvanced Fire Ground Procedures163
FIRE127LFire Behavior and Combustion303
ENGL100LEnglish Composition404

Second Year
Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE250LFire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply303
FIRE224LStrategy and Tactics303
FIRE225LEmergency Medical Technician163
 Science Elective223
 Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective 303

Second Year
Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE234LFire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival303
 Fire Science Elective606
 English  Elective303
 Social Science Elective303
Total Credits for First Year: 32
Total Credits for Second Year: 30
Total Credits for A.S. Degree: 62

Fire Science Electives
(all students must have 6 credits)

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
FIRE230LAdvanced Fire Codes and Standards 303
FIRE236LFire Investigation I 303
FIRE238LAdvanced Emergency Medical Technician466
FIRE243LEducational Methodology303
FIRE245LFire & Life Safety Education 303

Fire and Emergency Services Administration


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 a fire department;
  • Understand policies and procedures involving firefighter and EMT safety;
  • Understand procedures used on and off an emergency scene;
  • Understand psychological factors associated with firefighting and emergency medical services.


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