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Career departments, volunteer departments and combination fire departments combine to comprise approximately 100 fire departments throughout southwest Missouri. The Fire Science Technology program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain and upgrade present knowledge and skills. With three different levels of education, the OTC Fire Science department offers different paths to different jobs within the fire science field.

Fire Science Technology Associate’s Degree

Become a firefighter, fire inspector, fire instructor, fire investigator, fire protection systems installer and more with the skills you’ll learn within the Fire Science Technology program. This comprehensive program provides all the skills necessary to get a job in the fire sciences, advance in it and keep it. The program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Classes include Principles Emergency Services, Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials and more. Upon completion, students receive an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology.

Fire Science Fire Officer Certificate

Fire Officers are responsible for ensuring the safety of the firefighters under their command, but they also fulfill a variety of administrative responsibilities. Students should prepare themselves for a promotion with the Fire Officer Certificate. Classes focus on training firefighters, fulfilling administrative responsibilities and maintaining discipline within a fire station. Upon completion of this short-term program, students receive a Fire Science – Fire Officer Certificate.

Fire Science – Fundamental Firefighting Certificate

Begin a career in fire sciences with this short-term overview of the industry. Learn how to connect hoses and pumps, rescue and treat the injured, write reports on incidents and potential causes, educate the public about safety, conduct routine drills and maintain fire equipment. Classes include Principles of Emergency Services, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection Systems and more. This certificate program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Upon completion, students receive a Fire Science – Fundamental Firefighting Certificate

Fire Service Administration Associate’s Degree

A new degree within the Fire Science Technology Program starting Spring of 2020

The Fire Service Administration degree is designed for those individuals seeking advancement within the fire service and/or a greater knowledge base and understanding of administrative duties within the fire service. This program focuses on the principles, theory, and practices associated with the management of fire operations, firefighting services and community fire issues. This program includes instruction in fire protection history and theory, incident command leadership, administration of public fire organizations, labor relations, emergency medical services management, fire emergency response strategies and mitigation, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations and organizational leadership.

The Goals of the Fire Science Technology program at Ozarks Technical Community College include:

  1. Encourage and promote excellence in teaching and scholarship by respecting the process of learning, believing in the importance of scholarly learning and the role of the student in the process.
  2. Increase student acceptance, recognition and realization of industry training standards.
  3. Increase student acceptance, recognition and realization of industry performance standards.
  4. Prepare graduates with workable skills using computer literacy, technical communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The above goals feed into the Institutional Learning Outcomes of:

  • Communication – Students will demonstrate effective communication skills, including listening, speaking and writing, in order to advance academically and professionally.
  • Employability – Students will develop career competencies and self-management skills needed to gain employment in their chosen professions.
  • Professionalism – Students will develop personal and professional relationships by demonstrating ethical behavior, collaborative work and constructive conflict resolution to promote success and advancement in their careers.
  • Critical Reasoning – Students will demonstrate the ability to problem solve through the processes of analyzing, reflecting, reasoning and forming conclusions and judgments on a variety of math concepts, ideas, issues and information.
  • Information Literacy – Students will demonstrate how to create, retrieve, organize and analyze information, including information from digital and technological sources.
  • Cultural and Global Awareness – Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize and respect the impact of different cultures, ethnic groups and values on society and the interdependence of people around the globe.

Graduate Student Learning Survey Results 2019-2020

Accreditation Information

This program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), 1812 Tyler Avenue, Stillwater, OK, 74078-8705, (405) 744-830.  The program’s next review will take place during the Spring 2021 semester.            

Graduate Follow-Up Report

Program Snapshot

Program Enrollment, Grades, Retention

MERIC Occupational Outlook

Program Transfer Outcomes

Fire Science Technology Mission Statement          

The mission of the Fire Science Technology program is to educate, train, and prepare students for employment, promotion and advancement in a firefighting career by providing opportunities to new and current firefighters thereby increasing their employment, promotional and advancement probability.

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