Fire Science Technology

Program Description

The Fire Science Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level occupations in structural fire service as well as provide training and skills for individuals already employed in the fire service who are interested in career advancement. The Fire Science curriculum is designed in accordance with the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) standards.

Job opportunities may be found in small or large municipal fire departments, fire protection districts, or industrial fire departments. Students wishing to further their education with a four-year degree can do so through select university programs.

Why earn a fire science degree at CMU Tech?

  • This program provides intensive instruction that satisfies the certification requirement to take the State Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Firefighter I exam. The Academy’s rigorous instruction includes lectures at CMU and CMU Tech by seasoned firefighters, and hands-on practice at state-of-the-art live burn facilities.
  • The Academy students will experience operations such as house burns, car fires, forcible entry, and many others. If you are looking for a career in firefighting, or if you simply want to serve as a volunteer firefighter, this is an excellent place to begin.
  • The AAS in Fire Science Technology enables area firefighters and community members an opportunity to obtain Continuing Education credits, provide firefighters a location to perform their Job Performance Requirement testing, provide a location for young perspective firefighters to receive the education and training to move forward into the fire service and enable them to feed directly onto a local fire agency.
  • External agencies impacting the curriculum include the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Educational (FESHE) organization which accredits fire science programs. This organization establishes standards to ensure the quality of the educational experience, and the assessment of student knowledge and skills. The design and implementation of CMU Tech's Fire Science program would align with those standards.

Fire Academy

In addition to the AAS Degree, students can also earn a Fire Academy certificate at CMU Tech.

Firefighting is more than a career, it’s a challenging and exciting profession where you can make a real difference in people’s lives, whether responding to fires, administering first aid, or inspecting for fire hazards. Train with a close-knit community of dedicated, seasoned firefighters in the CMU Tech Fire Academy. In one semester of classes, students can become certified to work as a firefighter in Colorado.

Fire departments set high standards to save lives. Students will be challenged to demonstrate peak physical capabilities along with a drive to be the best. Preventing and putting out fires involves carrying heavy gear in tough conditions while working as a team and keeping a cool head.

Based at a state-of-the-art training facility, CMU Tech has everything students need to prepare for a career in fire. In just 16 weeks, students will get 45 hours of classroom work and 135 hours of hands-on training to prepare for a career in fire service. The Fire Academy will prepare students to take their first step in a firefighting career and pass the Firefighter I and Hazmat Colorado practical certification examinations.

Additional requirements for admission to the Fire Academy:

  1. Students must first contact the Director of Fire Science at 970-255-2576.
  2. Fill out a secondary application.
  3. Applications open November 1st and will close March 31st.

Contact Information 

Office of Student Services
CMU Tech, Bishop B102
2508 Blichmann Avenue

FSTR 100 Fire Fighter I9 Credits

Preparation to meet the requirements necessary to perform at the first level of progression, as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter Professional Qualifications.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

FSTR 101 Fire Fighter II3 Credits

Exploration of advanced skills and proficiency in firefighting beyond the Firefighter I level. Further develops strategies and tactics in incident command, operations and leadership.

Prerequisites: FSTR 100 and FSTR 107.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

FSTR 102 Principles of Emergency Service Suppression3 Credits

Introduction to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; and basic fire chemistry and physics.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

FSTR 103 Fire Behavior and Combustion3 Credits

Exploration of the theories and fundamentals of how fires start and spread and how they are controlled. Prepares the student to comprehend fire behavior, fire suppression and the processes of combustion.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

Fees: Yes.

FSTR 105 Building Construction for Fire Protection3 Credits

Components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. The focus of this course is on firefighter safety. The elements of consideration and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

FSTR 106 Fire Prevention3 Credits

Examination of fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

Fees: Yes.

FSTR 107 Hazardous Materials Operations Level I3 Credits

Introduction to hazardous materials incidents, recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, planning response, implementing response procedures, decision making, and continued evaluation at the awareness and operation level.

Corequisites: FSTR 100.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

FSTR 109 Occupational Safety and Health for Fire3 Credits

Introduction to the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, and emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

FSTR 151 Driver-Operator3 Credits

Basic knowledge and skills to safely operate a fire apparatus according to the NFPA professional standard. The course enables students to display and demonstrate knowledge of fire apparatus, operation of apparatus, pumps and pumping, hydraulics calculations, maintenance, and testing.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

Fees: Yes.

FSTR 201 Instructional Methodology3 Credits

Roles and responsibilities of the fire service instructor. Includes oral communication skills, concepts of learning, planning and development of lesson plans and instructional materials and delivery methods, testing and evaluations, records and reports, and demonstration of instructional abilities. This course prepares the student for Fire Instructor I State Certification.

Prerequisites: FSTR 100, FSTR 102, and FSTR 107.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

FSTR 202 Strategy and Tactics3 Credits

In-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. Explores the main functions within the ICS system and how they interrelate during an incident.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

Fees: Yes.

FSTR 203 Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply3 Credits

Foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.

Prerequisites: FSTR 105 and MATH 107.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

FSTR 204 Principles of Code Enforcement3 Credits

Fundamental knowledge of the role of code enforcement in a comprehensive fire prevention program.

Prerequisites: FSTR 102 and FSTR 105.

Corequisites: FSTR 106 and FSTR 209.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

FSTR 205 Fire Investigation I3 Credits

Fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire setter, and types of fire causes.

Prerequisites: FSTR 102.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

FSTR 206 Fire Officer Supervision and Leadership3 Credits

Training to develop a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Company Officers (COs) in preparing their company for incident operations. This course is designed to clarify the transition from firefighter to CO and the new roles relating to leadership and safety.

Prerequisites: FSTR 102 and FSTR 202.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

FSTR 209 Fire Protection Systems3 Credits

Features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

Fees: Yes.

FSTR 252 Fire Investigation II3 Credits

Advanced technical knowledge on rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation, and testifying.

Prerequisites: FSTR 100, FSTR 102, FSTR 103, and FSTR 205.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.