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Fire Science

Fire Science StudentAssociate of Applied Science Degree

Umpqua Community College offers you a number of alternatives in the associate degree program in Fire Science.

  • The degree prepares you for the specialized demands of a highly diversified and technological career and thereby helps you to gain employment as a firefighter or a firefighter/paramedic.
  • Emergency Medical Technician training is part of the first year in the Fire Science program. After completing the first two terms, you can test to become a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician.
  • During the first year, you will receive training that will prepare you to test for your National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter 1 and Hazardous Materials Operations level certifications.
  • While receiving the classroom and hands-on training on campus you will have the opportunity to train and run calls with career firefighters through our Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) program. These are usually 24-hour shifts but can be modified to fit your individual needs. CWE is typically started during the second or third term but this too can be modified to fit your needs. CWE also helps you build relationships with the local fire departments.

For current program requirements, you are strongly urged to consult with the department coordinator or an academic advisor.

To obtain an AAS degree in Fire Science, 98 credits are required: 75 credits in Fire Science and 23 credits in General Education. Due to continually changing laws and regulations mandated by Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA), DPSST, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), students may be required to add, modify, or delete courses and/or hours to the curriculum to meet current standards. See your advisor for current requirements. All courses require a grade of C or better.


The AAS Fire Science degree prepares you for a career as a structural firefighter.

  • After completing the first two terms you will have the training to test to become a Nationally Certified EMT. This will allow you to work for various agencies in the area while you continue your firefighter studies.
  • In a dual degree option with the EMS program, you can earn the Fire Science and Paramedicine degrees. This prepares you to become a Nationally Certified Paramedic.
  • After completing your AAS in Fire Science you can transfer to a four-year degree program in Fire Science Administration at Western Oregon State or Eastern Oregon State.


  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Not have been convicted by any state or federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison.
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Be capable of passing a series of basic physical agility tests.
  • Possess a valid Oregon driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Fire Science program.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

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Why UCC?

Why UCCAt UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:

• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes




Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.


Andy Hatfield - Contact
Coordinator, Fire Science
Phone: 541-440-7829

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