Fire Science

Firefighter jobs require individuals who possess an elite mindset and physical nature. If you have an innate desire to help others and are physically fit and active, consider a career in firefighting.

The Fire Science program will train you for a potential career in the fire service industry and prepare you for state and national certifications, including the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certification, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), and Firefighter I and II certifications. You’ll gain the skills and broad knowledge needed to serve as an effective firefighter working in a team environment. Qualified instructors will explain theories of fire behavior and methods of fire control and prevention. They will also teach you how to properly use personal firefighting safety gear and firefighting equipment. You’ll master the physical tasks of the job and learn how to mitigate the hazards inherent in firefighting.

If you’re ready to pursue a unique career in this much-needed field, make it happen today and enroll in the Fire Science program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.

This program is designed specifically for individuals seeking a career in the fire-medical service and addresses foundational emergency medical technology, hazardous materials, and firefighting content material; as well as meeting two of the prerequisites for the Fire Department Operations course also known as the “Fire Academy” (FSC102); these two prerequisites are EMT (EMT/FSC 104) and Hazardous Materials (FSC 105). Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to sit for the EMT and Haz-Mat certification examinations. 

Watch video to learn more about the EMT/EMS programs at GateWay Community College.

Instructors have extensive experience working in the professions — as many are first responders, paramedics and EMTs from around the Valley — and are dedicated to teaching at the highest level, so you perform confidently in the intense atmosphere of emergency medical scenes. 

Program Location

SouthWest Skill Center

Program Tuition Estimate

Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy |  300 hr / 4 mo |  $1,850*

*EMS-Months based on 20 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.