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Fire Science: Firefighter


Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 430203
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The fire service is a highly dynamic profession that offers a variety of daily challenges to the professionals who work within it. The primary mission of the RCC Fire Science program is to prepare students for careers as firefighters. Students who complete this three-term program will have met the requirements set by regional fire departments in Southern Oregon for the entry-level position of firefighter. The program delivers the highest education available by following standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program. Fire Science program coursework is accredited by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

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Entry Requirements

As part of their training program, students are required to take a placement test to determine skill levels and readiness in math, reading and writing. Students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in courses that would increase their employability and success. The Fire Science program advisor will work with each student to design an individualized sequence of instruction.

Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED or equivalent for certification. In addition, students must meet the qualifications outlined by the Oregon Health Authority – EMS. Students are required to submit verification of certain immunizations and medical tests. Students will also be required to pass a drug screen and a criminal background investigation prior to their mandatory clinical time.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and the Fire Science program coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their certificate. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. 


Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-11

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title

First Term

FRP251 Firefighter Level I 1 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab 1 5
FRP256 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1


Second Term

ES131 EMT Part I 4
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
FRP233 Firefighter Safety and Survival 3
FRP252 Firefighter Level II 4


Third Term

ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
ES132 EMT Part II 4
ES132L EMT Part II Lab 1
FRP130 Basic Wildland Firefighter 3



1 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

For more information contact the Emergency Services Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
email: emergency
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
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