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Fire/Rescue Science Technology

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What is Fire/Rescue Science Technology?

If you are wanting to start a career in emergency services or currently work in the field and would like to upgrade your skills, the Fire and Rescue Science Technology Program is for you. The program includes courses in fire prevention and suppression, technical rescue, emergency medical care, leadership and more.

The program does not require experience in emergency services. The degree, certificate and diploma programs will allow you to get a job in emergency service fields or if you are already a firefighter, help you in attaining a promotion.

If you are interested in the Associate Degree program, you will complete approximately 18 credit hours of general education coursework and 46 credit hours of fire/rescue/EMS classes. If you have prior firefighting experience, you may be able to bypass many of the classes by taking the Firefighter 1 and 2 IFSAC accredited certification testing.

What are my career options?

Most students in the program are already fire fighters. They are seeking to increase their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?




Length of Program

Students seeking an Associate in Applied Science degree can complete the program in four or five semesters by completing a total of 61-64 credit hours. Those seeking a diploma can complete their plan of study in four semesters by completing a total of 52-55 credit hours of technical and general education courses. Certificates embedded within the diploma may be awarded as credential requirements are met. Day classes, evening classes and some weekend classes are offered during two 16 week semesters (August-December and January-May) each academic year.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.


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Chris Gosnell

Fire/Rescue Science Technology

Program Coordinator

(502) 213-4291

Susan Singleton

Fire/Rescue Science Technology

Field Office Coordinator

(502) 213-4291