A Career in Structural Fire Science
It's the resistance to fear, and the mastery of fear - not
the absence of fear.
People working together - pulling, supporting, encouraging,
helping - can accomplish anything.
There's no wavering to commitment, no uncertainty, no
hesitation. Your actions are there for all to see.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree for Structural
Fire Science is used to build technical skills and knowledge
necessary for employment in rural fire protection districts,
volunteer fire protection agencies and private or public fire
departments. The program requires significant on-the-job training
(OJT) in participating area fire agencies, where students receive
hands on training in fire and emergency medical skills. Current
COCC students are affiliated with local fire departments, emergency
medical providers and wildland fire agencies.
Whether providing fire suppression, emergency medical aid,
hazardous materials response, public education or fire
investigation, students are challenged by differing emergencies and
circumstances. As a member of a special team, members help people
in need, minimize property damage and provide a diverse spectrum of
services to the public. Starting salaries in fire service average
$2,500 per month with excellent fringe benefits.