Graduate Spotlight

SFS GraduateIt matters little which of the Central Oregon fire agencies you visit, you will find COCC Structural Fire program graduates who have attained full-time employment or promotion as the result of their COCC training. Built through cooperative efforts of all Central Oregon fire agencies, COCC programs lead the way to employment!

The COCC program is designed for current firefighters needing to upgrade their skills, as well as new students interested in a beginning a career as a firefighter. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor as early as possible in order to develop an appropriate course plan, as completion of pre-requisite course work is necessary for a smooth transition into the technical program offerings (note: pre-requisite coursework may be completed on a full- or part-time basis, and many credits can be transferred from another college).

For those interested in both Structural Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services, COCC offers a dual degree program. Interested students should contact their advisor immediately, as course planning is essential to timely completion of both degrees.

A Career in Structure Fire:

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COURAGE
It's the resistance to fear, and the mastery of fear - not the absence of fear.

TEAMWORK 
People working together - pulling, supporting, encouraging, helping - can accomplish anything.

COMMITMENT
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-$4,500 per month with excellent fringe benefits.

Employment opportunities: Please contact Paula Simone via email, psimone@cocc.edu and provide an email contact to request current job announcements.