Fire Science Technology at CMC

Begin your path to becoming a fire fighter with our comprehensive, two-year program

The Fire Science Technology program at Colorado Mountain College offers the latest in fire technology as well as extensive opportunities for hands-on experience with the tools of the firefighting trade. The Fire Science program is designed to prepare students for the fire service, either as a volunteer or career fire fighter.
You will learn the fundamentals of fire science, organization, fire service occupational health and safety and health, investigations, codes and fire detection. The two-year program provides comprehensive technical training in firefighting techniques, prevention and inspection, for your job or career.

Graduates of the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology.

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"Colorado Mountain College provided me with the opportunity, skills, and knowledge to further engage in a firefighting career field that has taken me from small volunteer fire departments to a large, metropolitan agency and back again. I have witnessed, both here and abroad, a transformation of public safety from a primarily vocational job to an education-focused profession.”

-Chief Gary Green of the Red, White, and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge, Colorado

Learning Outcomes for Fire Science Technology

The Fire Science Technology program’s curriculum prepares students to perform at a professional level in the American fire service; to serve their communities by reducing fire-related deaths and property loss.

The program curriculum is based on current professional fire service standards and practices.

Program Outcomes/Competencies

  1. Apply Chemistry and Mathematics principles to solve fire protection problems.
  2. Apply and interpret National Fire Codes in reviewing plans, demonstrating and applying principles of operation to assess detection and suppression systems functions.
  3. Evaluate flammables, combustible liquids and solids, and chemicals to use appropriate equipment and knowledge.
  4. Understand the characteristics of hazardous materials to ensure safe handling, transporting and storage, as well as how to deal effectively with spills and fires involving those items.
  5. Demonstrate basic principles to determine area of origin, cause of fire, and application of sound investigative principles.
  6. Demonstrate a proficiency in the use and application of firefighting equipment.
  7. Apply the principles of fire protection to solve safety problems within the community.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the administrative workings of a fire department including budget preparation, resource allocation, long-range planning, and fiscal projections.
  9. Identify standards related to health, safety, and fitness for fire fighters.
  10. Demonstrate basic firefighting skills and knowledge.

Colorado Mountain College’s Fire Science program is an accredited State of Colorado Career & Technical Education Program.