Fire Science and Safety Technology (ASCT)
Associate of Science Career/Tech
About This Degree
Estimated Program Length
Firefighters have one of the most exciting jobs in the country and one of the most dangerous! Many fire departments require some type of formal training, above all, safety comes first. The more you know about the nature of fire and the technologies used to control it, the safer you will be.
Vincennes University has worked closely with Indiana fire officials and fire departments to develop this premiere, two-year program which is one of the best in the state. By the time you graduate, you’ll have both the basic and advanced training you need to perform your job with the utmost confidence.
This program emphasizes the academic and practical side of firefighting. Students will also have the opportunity to earn State of Indiana certifications as well as national incident management system (NIMS) certifications.
Certifications included in this degree
Mandatory Firefighter, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Technical Rescue Awareness, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Officer Strategies and Tactics, Rope Rescue Operations, NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800.
Topics You Will Study
Buildings, fire codes, and construction, Types of construction, Flame spread, Smoke and fire containment, Principles of fire resistance, Firefighting strategies and techniques, Methods of fire attack, Fire behavior, Building design, Fire ground hydraulics, Ethics, Rope rescue, Fire alarm systems
Special types of fire emergencies
Transportation, Below ground, Confined spaces
Fire cause and determination
Conduct basic investigations, Area and methods of fire spread, Recognize and preserve evidence, Arson and constitution law
This degree transfers directly into VU's Homeland Security and Public Safety B.S. Degree program.
A fire science degree prepares graduates for a career in firefighting and emergency medical services. Many of our Fire Science students are entering the workforce after completing their associates degree as professional firefighters and emergency medical technicians not only in Indiana but across the United States. Other students may choose to continue their education at Vincennes University by enrolling into the Homeland Security program to earn their bachelor degree.