The associate of applied science degree in Fire Technology is designed for the advancement of professional Texas Commission on Fire Protection certified firefighters. The Fire Service Specialization is made up of courses that meet the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum. FESHE is a nationally recognized network of colleges and universities that have created a standardized undergraduate curriculum that is national in scope, content, and outcomes. This national model curriculum allows for easier transfer of coursework for those interested in a Baccalaureate Degree. Students who successfully complete the Basic Fire Academy coursework, FESHE coursework, and fifteen-hour general education requirement will be eligible to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree with a Fire Service Specialization. Attainment of the Associate of Applied Science degree does not result in Basic Firefighter Certification. Upon successful completion of the academy, students will be eligible to take a written exam and skills evaluation administered by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. All course work must be complete and the certificate of completion issued before applying for the state examination. To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program.
Texas commissioned Structural Firefighters may receive credit for the Basic Fire Academy series (FIRS 1301, FIRS 1407, FIRS 1313, FIRS 1319, FIRS 1203, FIRS 1323, FIRS 1329, and FIRS 1433) once they have completed all other degree requirements.
Program advisor is Brad Barrick, advising specialist in fire technology, (806) 787-4745.