The goal of the Fire Science program at Johnson County Community College is to provide comprehensive education and training, specifically designed to:

  • Promote the academic and professional development of fire service personnel during their employment and provide education for advancement to company-level officers.

The program serves to provide higher academic education, technical training and lifelong learning for members of Johnson County fire-related organizations and those seeking employment in the metro area.

The fire science program at JCCC, in close cooperation with the Johnson County Fire Chiefs Association and the University of Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute, has developed a degree for advancement in the fire service.

The program emphasizes general education in addition to technical education and is built around a core of fire science courses carefully selected by the members of the Fire Science Advisory Committee to prepare for your career growth. Technical electives may be pursued through courses available under a continuing cooperative agreement between area fire science programs or through other degree-granting institutions that are accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. You may fulfill technical education requirements through the advanced standing credit process.

Note: Mechanisms have been developed to compensate for the effect of students working 24-hour shifts.

For more information, call (913)469-4405.

(Major Code 3210; State CIP Code 43.0203)

Fire Science Program web page

Associate of Applied Science Degree

First Semester

EMS 128EMS First Responder5
FIRE 111Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations*4
FIRE 131Firefighter I*5
FIRE 141Firefighter II*3
Total Hours17

Second Semester

EMS 131Emergency Medical Technician*10
FIRE 136Fire and Emergency Management3
FIRE 162Firefighting Tactics*3
Total Hours16

Third Semester

FIRE 152Codes/Detection and Suppression Systems3
FIRE 201Leadership in the Fire Service*3
FIRE 220Fire Management3
FIRE 222Fire Science Law3
ENGL 121Composition I*3
MATH 116Intermediate Algebra* (or higher)3
Total Hours18

Fourth Semester

FIRE 126Historical Foundations of the Fire Service3
or FIRE 133 Fire Investigation
Humanities Elective ^3
Science and/or Math Elective ^3
Social Science Elective ^3
Total Hours12
Total Program Hours: 63