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    Aug 13, 2022  
Catalog 2021-2022 
Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Science Technology, AAS

No. of Credits: 60
Contact: Anthony Stout, Acting Chair, Business
William Moroney, Program Coordinator

Firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations where life, property, or the environment are at risk. The fire science technology program prepares graduates to function as entry-level, fire service personnel and provides the degree associated with advancement within the fire service for career personnel currently employed as firefighters. Employment opportunities include positions as firefighters, fire officers, fire prevention officers, code enforcement officers, fire rangers, and crash and rescue technicians.

This program is a partnership between the College of Southern Maryland, which provides the general education courses, and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI), which provides the technical courses at sites in Southern Maryland. Credits for MFRI courses will be transferred into the college based upon the recommendation of the American Council on Education as published in the current edition of the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is coordinating the development of a Model for Training and Education by the United States Fire Administration (USFA). With model lower-level (associate) curriculum outlines developed and established upper-level (baccalaureate) courses available, the major components are in place to move toward a National System for Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education. CSM curriculum will be revised to meet the approved curriculum standards.

A major objective of practicum experience is to apply classroom theory to the work environment. Students involved in work activities that support their curriculum may request their work experience be evaluated to ensure required practicum objectives and competencies are met.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Career Opportunities:

fire fighters, fire officers, fire prevention officers, code enforcement officers, fire rangers, crash and rescue technicians

Transfer Options:

A complete list of all transfer opportunities can be found on the Transfer Services page

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will…

  1. Identify the role and function of a Fire Fighter.
  2. Identify career paths in the Fire Service.
  3. Understand the expected duties of a Rescue Technician.
  4. Apply classroom theory to the work environment.
  5. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  6. Demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology as it pertains to the Fire Service.

Education and Public Service Pathway

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Visit Career Coach for more information on this program, related programs, and job opportunities in Southern Maryland and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan region.

Required Courses:

Required courses offered at the College of Southern Maryland:

Occupational electives (15 credits)


  • Take 15 credits from any course from CJS, EMS, or HTH or See Gen Ed  Listing


  • Fire Science electives

Arts/humanities (3 credits)


Biological/physical sciences (4 credits)

Acceptable (lecture and lab):

Gen Ed elective (6 credits)


Mathematics (3 credits)


Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)

Completion of this course meets the Social/behavioral and Cultural and Global Awareness requirements.


  • See Gen Ed  Listing and select any Social Behavioral Science course from within the Cultural and Global Awareness course list.

Required occupational courses offered through Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute:

  • FST-1110 (3) Firefighter I
  • FST-1120 (2) Firefighter II
  • FST-1150 (1) Hazardous Materials Operations
  • FST-1160 (1) Pump Operator
  • FST-1180 (1) Aerial Apparatus Operator
  • FST-2030 (3) Fire Inspector I
  • FST-2120 (4) Fire Officer I
  • FST-2041 (2) Fire Department Safety Officer, or FST-2015 (1) Fire Department Health and Safety Officer and FST-2016 (1) Fire Department Incident Safety Officer


Take two courses:

  • FST-2021 (1) Rescue Technician - Site Operations
  • FST-2022 (1) Rescue Technician - Vehicle and Machinery Extrication
  • FST-2023 (1) Rescue Technician - Confined Space Rescue
  • FST-2024 (1) Rescue Technician - Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • FST-2025 (1) Rescue Technician - Structural Collapse Technician
  • FST-2026 (1) Rescue Technician - Rope Rescue
  • FST-2027 (1) Rescue Technician - Trench Rescue Operations

Take one of the following:

  • FST-2028 (1) Decision Making for Initial Company Operations
  • FST-2029 (1) Preparation for Initial Company Operations
  • FST-2031 (1) Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations



* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

Course Indicators: English Composition (E), Arts (A), Cultural and Global Awareness (C), Humanities (H), Biological/Physical Sciences (S), Social/Behavioral Sciences (B), Mathematics (M)