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Fire Science Technology, AAS


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Award: Associate of Applied Science

Degree Code: FSTR

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This program will prepare individuals for entry-level employment as fire fighters as well as provide the degree credential necessary for promotion and advancement of professionals currently employed with the fire service.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the coursework in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities


Firefighting, disaster planning, emergency services, fire inspection, fire investigation, and fire safety.

Required Courses


Required Occupational Courses Offered by Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute


  • EMT 106 - Emergency Medical Technician-Basics Credits: 7
  • FIR 101 - Firefighter I Credits: 3
  • FIR 110 - Fire Department Safety Officer Credits: 2
  • FIR 114 - Aerial Operator Credits: 1
  • FIR 129 - Incident Safety Officer Credits: 1
  • FIR 130 - Emergency Vehicle Operator Credits: 2
  • FIR 200 - Hazardous Materials Technician Credits: 2
  • FIR 201 - Firefighter II Credits: 2
  • FIR 202 - Truck Company Fireground Operations Credits: 1
  • FIR 203 - Fire Officer I Credits: 2
  • FIR 204 - Fire Inspector Credits: 4
  • FIR 206 - Firefighter Safety and Survival Credits: 1
  • FIR 207 - Fireground Operations Credits: 1
  • FIR 209 - Rescue Technician Operations Credits: 1
  • FIR 210 - Rescue Technician Extrication Credits: 1

Required Occupational Courses Offered by Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Electives - Select 1 Credit


Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • ELECT - Elective - 1 Credit

Recommended Sequence


The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Demonstrate the entry level knowledge, communication skills, written and verbal, and the professional abilities associated with the field of fire science with the ability to incorporate field strategies and tactics associated with various fire situations and to effectively operate a fire pumper or aerial apparatus.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function as a fire officer within a fire service program, including the ability to perform effectively as a safety officer on the scene of an emergency, to recognize and mitigate various hazardous materials situations and to work with a team to perform fire suppression techniques specific to the incident while maintaining a full situational awareness to rescue, HAZMAT, investigation, and safety issues.
  • Work effectively within the organizational structure of a company and manage a company level training program.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and incorporate into their practice the laws and ordinances related to fire prevention.
  • Provide field management of a patient at the EMT level.

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