Why Choose Fire Science at PPCC?
When studying Fire Science Technology at PPCC you will learn from top instructors and be part of an accredited program that has served the Pikes Peak Region since 1969. Our degree can be completed online or on campus with most courses being eight weeks. PPCC is one of the most versatile programs in the country and credits earned will transfer to other four-year schools. This program offers various degrees and specialized certificates to meet your needs.
Our program has a fire academy that provides foundational firefighter
knowledge attainment, practical skills development, and physical ability
preparation preparing the student to take the Colorado State Firefighter 1 Certification exam.
What will I study?
PPCC’s Fire Science program focuses on every aspect of working as a firefighter and will teach you about all aspects of the fire service. You will learn about entry level firefighter courses to officer level instruction and leadership courses. You will learn about topics such as:
- Firefighter Career Overview and Preparation
- Firefighter Occupational Safety and Health
- Fire Prevention Practices
- Building Construction
- Fire Protection Systems
- Hazardous Materials
- Instructional Methodology, Strategy and Tactics
- Fire Codes and Ordinances
- Fire Investigation
- Wildland Firefighting
- Fire Internships with Area Departments
Example Classes I Might Take
Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning is available for training and certifications that meet FEMA, EMI, local, state and NFPA standards. These certifications can provide credit for both required technical courses and credit for elective hours. Also, previous college credit that is appropriate for PPCC’s Fire Science degree can be transferred to PPCC.
PPCC’s Fire Science Technology Program is accredited by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) via the National Fire Academy.
Fire Science might be a good fit if you:
- Have good people skills
- Are able to work under stress to "adapt & overcome"
- Possess a great work ethic
- Are a good technical problem solver
- Enjoy working as part of a team
- Are compassionate
- Are courageous & willing to sacrifice for others