CAC’s Fire Science Technology program offers training for new and seasoned firefighters


Fire service professionals are essential members of the communities in which we live. According to the Arizona Career Information Systems website, more than 7,500 firefighters are employed within the state of Arizona. They are charged with protecting people and property.

Central Arizona College’s Fire Science Technology program is a leader in providing training and educational programs for new and seasoned firefighters. Students can choose the training to best meet their educational goals and needs.

The Fire Science Technology associate of applied science degree is designed to prepare students for a career in fire services. Throughout the program students study modern fire prevention, fire protection, fire suppression, wildland firefighting and hazardous materials response principles and practices. Upon completion they will be certified at both a local and national level and may earn employment with municipal, industrial, State and Federal agencies.

Certificates of completion are also available in Fire Academy, Firefighter Operations, and Wildland Operations.

The Fire Academy prepares students for an entry level position as a career firefighter. The academy operates one night a week from 5 to 9 p.m. and one day a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students receive hands-on skills training, testing their ability to perform critical tasks such as search and rescue, vehicle extrication, ventilation operations, and live burn operations. Additionally, students participate in daily cardiovascular and strength training. The courses taught in the academy meet National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1001 and Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Students also will be prepared for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSCA) written and practical skills test that is conducted on campus through the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence.

The 19 credit Firefighter Operations certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform the essential functions of an entry level firefighter. Students will complete Firefighter I & II, Introduction to Emergency Services and the Wildland Fire module.

The Wildland certificate is designed for the professional firefighter currently employed with an agency that responds to wildland fire incidents. Advanced training in Wildfire Firefighting is offered per the requirements established by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

Fire Science Coordinator Jim Hitch explains, “Through the Fire Science Technology program students will learn both structure and wildland firefighting techniques. All instructors are professional firefighters, fire service leaders and/or subject matter experts. We work closely with partner agencies to ensure training meets local and national standards.”

To learn more about CAC’s fire service technology program contact Jim Hitch at 520-494-5507.***ADVERTISEMENT***