Fire/Rescue Science Technology

The MCTC Fire/Rescue Science Technology program will prepare you for the challenges facing today’s emergency responders. In this program, you will learn the skills of fire suppression and prevention, technical rescue, hazardous materials, emergency medical care and leadership. This program is beneficial whether you are seeking a career in emergency services or if you are already involved in providing fire, rescue or EMS services in your community.

Students may enter the program with or without experience in emergency services. You can apply earned certificates and diplomas in the Fire/Rescue Science program towards a General Occupational/Technical Studies (GO/TS) associate in applied science degree.

Fire scene with mctc fire science students

How long will I take  classes?

Depending on which credential you are seeking, your time in the classroom will vary. Developmental work or taking less than 15 credit hours a semester will typically take you longer to complete the program. Taking summer courses, applying high school dual credit courses, or increasing your credit hours a semester will shorten the program time.

Degree (2 years)

  • General Occupational/Technical Studies (GO/TS) AASfire science students practice with mock fire

Diploma (1-2 years)

  • Fire Chief

Certificates (1-3 semesters)

  • Advanced Firefighter
  • Basic Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Officer

Where will I take classes?

Rowan Campus (MMRC Industrial Park)

What can I do when I graduate? 

Depending on your program choice, you will work with a team of trained individuals to assist and protect the public in emergency situations. You will assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and transport injured and sick persons to medical facilities. You will respond to a wide variety of calls, such as car crashes, chemical spills, flooding, water rescue and general rescue as well as fires. You will work in high-stress environments and will perform physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of materials.

For more information contact:

Fire/Rescue Science Technology Program Coordinator

Duane Suttles, 606.784.1393, duane.suttles@kctcs.edu