Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

Ignite Your Fire Science Career

The Fire Science Technology curriculum provides the skills sought by entry-level firefighters. Recent high school graduates or volunteers can use this program to improve their employment prospects in this profession.

You can start your classes in any semester — August, January or even May. Our program features some evening and online classes.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Fire Science Technology program will be able to:

  • Describe the history, components, and development of fire and emergency services.
  • Demonstrate basic firefighting and emergency medical technician knowledge and skills.
  • Understand and interpret the fundamental theories of fire behavior, combustion, and extinguishment.
  • Select strategies and implement appropriate tactics for various emergency situations.
  • Relate building construction to firefighting strategy and tactics, firefighter safety and survival, fire prevention, building codes, and code inspection.
  • Understand the organizational structure of the fire service and the intent and purpose of the incident command system.
  • Relate various types of fire detection and suppression systems to their use.
  • Evaluate concepts of risk management and survival in the fire service.
  • Examine properties and basic chemistry principles of hazardous materials.
  • Employ professional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

Learn more about the Fire Science Technology program and it’s specific admissions requirements through an online program conference.

Program Costs

Fire Science Technology

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021, Spring 2022

Year One

Credits: 15 14 29
Tuition: $2,790 $2,604 $5,394
Fees: $125 $50 $175
Books: $428.25 $310.75 $739



Credits: 8 8
Tuition: $1,488 $1,488
Fees: $100 $100
Books: $88 $88


Year Two

Credits: 14.5 15 29.5
Tuition: $2,697 $2,790 $5,487
Fees: $82.50 $72.50 $155
Books: $417.50 $246 $663.50




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fees, Class Related Supplies, and Ancillary Expenses (Uniforms)
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/22/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Fire Science Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • EMT (State and National)

Many students transfer into either fire program with some or even nearly all of their general education requirements (e.g. Composition, Psychology, Management, etc.) completed.

Your advisor can tell you how your courses will transfer into either program.

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency medical technician

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Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. View the state listing guide to identify which Kirkwood program fulfills state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

To prepare students for the position of entry-level firefighter through accessible, quality education and training, and to promote the value of lifelong learning.

Meet Our Faculty

Chad L. Little
Title: Program Coordinator
Phone: 319-784-1726
Office: 124 Jones Hall


John Zlabek
Title: Adjunct


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