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What is Fire Science Technology?

The Fire Science Technology program offers training to volunteer, combination and career fire departments as well as businesses, industries, ambulance services and rescue squads across Kentucky. Much of the training qualifies for college credit; credits earned are recorded by the college. Training provided by State Fire/Rescue Training staff may be acquired and accumulated to fulfill core curriculum components for program credentials. Specific course requirements for an associate degree, diploma or certificate are available from the Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator. Students wishing to seek a credential will be required to meet college entrance requirements and pay associated fees for registration. EMT training is provided to fire, rescue and other emergency response agencies as well as business, industry, institutional and governmental agencies. Contact the Area Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator at (859) 442-4136 for more details about the Emergency Medical Technician program. Certification is awarded by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

Gateway's Fire Science Technology program is housed at State Fire Rescue Training Area 7 Training Center, 3025 Conrad Lane, Burlington, KY 41005.

What are my career options?

Most students in the program are already fire fighters. They are seeking to increase their knowledge and skills in order to advance their careers.

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Fire Science Technology - AAS: 60-64 Total credit hours Course Catalog
Fire Science Technology - Diploma: Fire Chief: 45-48 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS  Course Catalog
Advanced Firefighter - Certificate: 21 Total Credit Hours  Course Catalog
Basic Fire Protection - Certificate: 18 Total Credit Hours  Course Catalog
Basic Firefighter - Certificate: 12 Total Credit Hours Course Catalog
Emergency Medical Technician - Certificate: 6 Total Credit Hours Course Catalog
Fire Service Administration - Certificate: 27 Total Credit Hours  Course Catalog
Hazardous Materials Technician - Certificate: 3 Total Credit Hours Course Catalog

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Bill Birkle

Fire Science Technology

Training Coordinator

(859) 442-4134

bill.birkle@kctcs.edu