AAS, Fire Technology, Fire Suppression

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Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science, Fire Technology, Fire Suppression is designed for individuals who wish to advance their careers in fire fighting or fire prevention. Students completing the Fire and Rescue Academy may apply their Fire Academy credits toward completion of this degree. For those interested in a career in fire prevention or fire suppression systems, we recommend this degree with elective courses in fire suppression. This degree is a pathway to the Bachelor of Applied Science, Emergency Management and Homeland Security for those interested in management and leadership. 

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics (Recommended for Mathematics ) 2 3
FT 101
Introduction to Fire Protection
or Entry Level Firefighter
MGT 201
Principles of Management
or Leadership and Human Relations
Elective 3 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
FT 122 Codes/Ordinances I 3
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (Science) 2 3
SOC 205
Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies 2
or Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies
or Fundamentals of Cultural Diversity
Electives 3 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
FT 131 Hazardous Materials 3
COM 113
Fundamentals of Speech Communications
or Oral Communication
US and Nevada Constitutions 3
Electives 3 6
 Semester Total18
4th semester
FT 125 Build Construction I 3
FT 200 Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Service 3
SOC 110 Conflict Resolution 3
Elective 3 6
 Semester Total15
 Total Units63

See program recommendations and  approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


 See program recommendations or requirements.

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English/Communications 16
Composition I
Composition Enhanced
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Human Relations3
Principles of Management
Leadership and Human Relations
Mathematics: 23
Math for Allied Health and Public Safety Programs (OR HIGHER) 2
Fundamentals of College Mathematics
Introduction to Environmental Science
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 33
Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies
Fundamentals of Cultural Diversity
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Diversity 3[3]
Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies
Fundamentals of Cultural Diversity
Degree Requirements
COM 113Fundamentals of Speech Communications3
or COM 101 Oral Communication
FT 101Introduction to Fire Protection3
or FT 102 Entry Level Firefighter
FT 122Codes/Ordinances I3
FT 125Build Construction I3
FT 131Hazardous Materials3
FT 200Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Service3
SOC 110Conflict Resolution3
Elective Requirements
Select 18 units from the following or any other EMS, EMHS, FS, FT, BUS, or MATH Courses:18
Emergency Medical Technician Training
Firefighter I Academy
Basic Wildland Firefighting
Fire Prevention I
Physical Fitness and Nutrition for Fire Service
Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
Business Speech Communications
Total Units63

ENG 102 required for completion of the bachelor's degree.


MATH 120 or higher is required for completion of a bachelor's degree.


SOC/ANTH 205 or ANTH 208 counts as both Social Sciences and Diversity credits.

Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate, classify, and employ an all-hazards approach to interdisciplinary relationships in the contemporary emergency service environment.
  • Appraise risk, recognize and employ fire mitigation techniques and operate at a national level in the role of entry-level firefighter.
  • Identify and apply the elements and governmental levels of the National Response Framework specific to the Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) throughout coursework. 
  • Demonstrate, differentiate, and implement a comprehension of the physical, mental, interpersonal and leadership aspects of the emergency services professions and the competence to operate cohesively among people and communities from diverse backgrounds in a professional manner.