Fire Science Technology


The Fire Science Technology A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level technical or administrative careers in the fire science field by providing them with the necessary knowledge of the subject field, professional skills, and state-of-the-art techniques necessary for a successful career. Students will be prepared for state certification in Firefighter I & II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer 1 and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The hybrid Fire Science Technology program at Riverland Community College provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your career goals. The program offers a flexible schedule needed for those currently working in the field or trying to become a firefighter.  Earn your degree online with only 10 days of in person fire training and 1 evening per week for EMT training.  Everything else is completed online!

The Fire Science Technology program can also be useful for careers in other public service areas or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

Location: Austin, Online Course(s)
Program Starts: Fall, Spring
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Wanda McCoy

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Fire Science Technology program page at

Required Core Courses (45 credits)

EMER1200 Emergency Medical Technician 7 CR
FIRE1000 Fire Prevention 2 CR
FIRE1100 Firefighter I 5 CR
FIRE1106 Firefighter II 2 CR
FIRE1110 Hazardous Materials Operations 2 CR
FIRE1115 Principles of Emergency Services 2 CR
FIRE2000 Fire Protection Systems 2 CR
FIRE2001 Strategy & Tactics 3 CR
FIRE2002 Building Construction for Fire Prevention 3 CR
FIRE2003 Fire Behavior and Combustion 2 CR
FIRE2004 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 3 CR
FIRE2005 Fire Instructor I 2 CR
FIRE2006 Fire Officer I 2 CR
FIRE2007 Principles of Fire & Emergency Services and Survival 3 CR
FIRE2008 Vehicle & Machinery Extrication 1 CR
SPAN1300 Spanish for Emergency Medical Services and Firefighters 2 CR
GSCM1510 Workplace Human Relations 2 CR
PSYC1115 Stress Management and Coping Skills 2 CR
PSYC1116 Stress Management 1 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (15 credits)

ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
PHIL1130 Ethics (Goal 6 & 9) 3 CR
SPCH1200 Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1 & 7) 3 CR
- Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 CR