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Good written and verbal communication skills are necessary for a fire service career. Good coordination, interpersonal skills, the ability to safely lift heavy objects, and general fitness improve the student's prospect for success in the program and job market. The ability to work with technical information and endure high stress environments is desirable.

For general information, contact Enrollment Services at (541) 383-7500. Specific questions regarding the Structural Fire Science program should be directed to John Failla the program director.
Phone: 541-383-7419


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

Employment opportunities: Please contact John Failla via email, and provide an email contact to request current job announcements.