Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

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The Paradise Valley Community College Fire Science Program offers many fire science courses that not only prepare the "pre-professional" for a career in the fire service, but can also provide the "professional" with the necessary education, training, skills and competencies, which are often recommended to enhance or further careers.

These courses are in the form of "Specialized Training" and/or "Professional Development".  The courses are regularly offered in a specialized delivery format in order to promote flexibility.  All of the courses are taught to current industry standards and by experienced fire service professionals.

Led by Dan Donahue, EMT Program Director & Captain/Paramedic with the Phoenix Fire Department,  Paul Sunder, Fire Science Program Director & Captain (retired) from the Phoenix Fire Department, and Bob Dotterer, Paramedic Education Program Director retired from the Phoenix Fire Department, our nationally accredited programs provide a high-level of education & training in the areas of emergency medical services and fire science. With over 85 years of combined firefighting & EMS experience, our program directors bring a wealth of knowledge to our programs and are a great asset to students pursuing EMT, Paramedic, and Fire Science degrees and professional certifications.

Career and Employment Outlook

Maricopa County is expected to experience a large number of retirements over the coming years as a result of changes to the state pension system. The retirees must be replaced and as staffing needs grow, the hiring environment will become highly competitive. While having a degree is not a guarantee for employment, students with one will be uniquely positioned in a competitive process against those without one.

Some fire departments require a two-year degree to consider an individual eligible for entry-level positions; other departments may offer promotional and salary incentives to associate degree program graduates. 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Fire Science program are designed for:

Students preparing for a career in emergency response will develop the skills and knowledge for an entry-level position. The program includes a balance of classroom sessions and practical hands-on training.
Career and volunteer emergency responders will increase their knowledge, upgrade their job skills and enhance their personal growth. The program also offers instruction in fire service management and operations.
Students and professionals in related fields—e.g., fire protection engineering, insurance investigations and inspection services, and fire service instruction/training— expand their knowledge base through this program.

Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Science