The Fire Science Program and Fire Academy at Arizona Western College provides students with the pre-requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to work as a career, structural firefighter. The Arizona Western College Fire Science Program has received a Certificate of National Recognition for its commitment to standardize education for Fire and Emergency Services by adopting the National Fire Academy’s model for fire science curriculum. The U.S. Fire Administration proudly recognizances Arizona Western college as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution. Students who take courses that have been recognized as FESHE approved courses, and pass with a 70% or better grade, will have these courses recorded on a National Fire Academy (NFA) transcript and these courses will be nationally recognized the same as any National Fire Academy course. FEMA will also E-mail the student a Certificate of Completion. This Certification adds to the prestige of your course and your Associate Degree.

The Arizona Western Fire Academy Fire Academy delivers the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined by the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (NFPA 1001). Testing is administered through the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence and successful completion of the curriculum and proctored testing will result in the awarding of an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certificate for Fire Fighter 1 & 2, along with HazMat Awareness and Operations certificates.

Additional certificate programs in wildland firefighting, fire officer development, leadership and specialty fire are offered throughout the year with sufficient enrollment. 

Nationally, employment opportunities for firefighters is projected to grow 6% from 22019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with paramedic certification will have the best job prospects (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). The Arizona Western College offers a paramedic program and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificates as well. 

The Fire Academy application process will be available on the third Monday of April and deadline the last Monday of June.

Programs

AAS in Fire Science

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

This program follows Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, and may transfer to a FESHE approved Bachelors Degree Fire Science Program. Also, the Fire Science Program provides International Fire Service Accreditation Congress certificate classes including Firefighter I/II, Fire Instructor I/II and Fire Officer I/II.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 106 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival  3 Major Requirement
FSC 151 Principles of Emergency Services 3 Major Requirement
FSC 152 Fundamentals for Fire Prevention 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101 Freshman Composition 1/GE GE- Composition
MAT 121 Int Algebra or approved higher level math 4 GE- Mathematics
    16  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
FSC 153 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 Major Requirement
FSC 201 Fire Protection Systems 3 Major Requirement
FSC 203 Building Construction 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Comp 3 GE- Composition
  Biological Science 4 GE
    16  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area

FSC 148

or

FSC

Fire Academy I

or

(3) FSC classes

Major Requirement
  Arts and Humanities 3 GE
  Social/Behavioral Science  3 GE
    15  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area

FSC 149

and

FSC

or

FSC

Fire Academy II

and

any (2) FSC classes

or

Any (3) FSC classes 

7

and

6

or

9

Major Requirement
FSC 112 Hazardous Materials  3 Major Requirement
  Any Additional Class 3  
    19/15  
    66/62 (total)  

Firefighter I/II Academy (IFSAC)

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Program Documents

Application Documents File
Fire Application Packet Download

Explore the Program & Lab

Our AWC Fire Academy trains on site at numerous Yuma regional Fire Departments which allows our students to receive hands on training in the field, so they are prepared to enter the workforce right away.

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Firefighters respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk, administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. Duties may include structural and wild land fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Nationally, employment opportunities for firefighters is projected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with paramedic certification will have the best job prospects (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). The Arizona Western College offers a paramedic program and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificates as well.

Contact Information

Tim Soule, MS, EFO, CFO
Director of Fire Science Programs
(928) 317-6035

Lupe Fuentes
Senior Secretary
(928) 317-6452