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
  • Hydraulics
  • Fire Codes and Ordinances
  • Fire Investigation
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Fire Internships with Area Departments

Example Classes I Might Take

Provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention, organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education.
Introduces hazardous materials incidents, recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, planning response, implementing response procedures, decision making, and continued evaluation at the awareness and operation level.
Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.
Addresses all aspects of the Fire Service entrance examination process and especially emphasizes various components of the exam, including the written, physical abilities, and oral interview. The objective of this class is to help increase the entrance firefighter candidate’s chance of obtaining a career in the Fire Service.
Addresses the requirements necessary to perform at the first level of progression as identified in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001, Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This is a lecture and lab course for meeting the NFPA 1001, level I, standard. This is a 9 credit Lecture/Lab course with 13 total hours a week in the classroom and drill ground. This is a highly demanding course that will get you ready for the Colorado State Firefighter 1 Certification skills test at the end of your 16 week academy.

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

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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