Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
Preliminary 2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

Fire Science - AAS

 Download Progression Plan PDF - Fire Science AAS, Fire Service Administration Concentration  

 Download Progression Plan PDF - Fire Science AAS, Fire Service Operations Concentration  

IMPORTANT: Professional Licensure Disclosure  

The Fire Science degree program is an interdisciplinary program of study which prepares students for a broad range of employment opportunities including Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Marshal/Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Service Supervisor/Manager.

In addition to preparing students for employment, this degree program is appropriate for individuals already employed in the Public Safety field who are seeking skill upgrade and promotional opportunities, and individuals preparing to transfer to a four-year college/university. The Fire Science degree will allow students to declare a concentration in Operations or Administration. This degree outline provides the list of core and concentration requirements.

Students interested in a transfer program in fire science should see an academic advisor for an educational plan.

Note: Students preparing for transfer must complete College Composition I & II.

Credit Hours Required: 62-71

AAS General Education Requirements (19 credits)

Note: 1 Select from two different prefixes


Select one Concentration below and complete the requirements

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fire Science degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire.
  2. Describe the function and purpose of fire protection systems.
  3. Prescribe safety procedures for personnel operating on the fire ground.
  4. Determine factors and principles related to fire resistance, building codes and fire suppression issues.
  5. Explain issues related to fire prevention and the components and steps of inspection and enforcement.
  6. Explain issues related to fire prevention and the components and steps of inspection and enforcement.
  7. Develop conditioning strategies, lifelong fitness, nutritional guidelines, and prepare for pre-employment agility tests.
  8. Apply tactics and strategies for fire suppression.


Option A: 

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate and safe use of personal firefighting equipment and fire apparatus.
  2. Demonstrate physical tasks, proper tool selection, and knowledge of operating procedures in accordance with the standards of the profession.
  3. Perform various drags, lifts, carries, wall breaching, narrow-space manipulation and hoisting techniques directly related to firefighter safety and self-survival.
  4. Identify various hazardous materials and their potential dangers.
  5. Perform CPR for victims of all ages and demographics.
  6. Provide first aid for victims of all ages and demographics.
  7. Describe principles and techniques of emergency medical care as performed by the EMT-Basic in accordance with national and state curriculum.

Option B:

  1. Describe principles and characteristics of hydraulics and operate fire hydraulic pumps currently in use in the fire service.
  2. Incorporate and manage cost containment, budgeting, data analysis, personnel evaluation, community planning, and departmental and public organization.
  3. Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics, construction, and fire protection systems and  how they affect origin and cause determination.
  4. Describe current UAS capabilities and applications related to fire service.
  5. Direct firefighting operations to achieve life safety, property conservation, and environmental protection.
  6. Lead functions and processes as the emergency scene commander.
  7. Discuss the legal issues and concerns affecting emergency services.