Fire Science Technology

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Fire Science Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in fire services.
If you are good at making split-second decisions and staying calm in a crisis, then a career in fire-fighting may be just for you. In Valencia’s Fire Science Technology program, you will gain an understanding of different fire and emergency hazards, and learn about effective operating procedures for fire prevention, control and management. Valencia’s program can also be useful for careers in other public service areas or to provide current fire fighters and staff with enhanced training and education opportunities for promotion and career advancement.
Specializations Available:
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Prevention

Valencia’s A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology meets the requirements of the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training certification programs.

Note: Students who are Florida certified may be eligible to receive college credit toward the Fire Science A.S. degree program – based upon review of the required documentation by the Fire Rescue Institute at Valencia. However, this is not guaranteed, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.


Related Certificates

Related Certificates

Valencia’s certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate employment or career advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less.

Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

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Program Length

 60 credits
  Full-time – 2 to 3 years
  Part-time – 3 to 4 years

You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's.

Prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. After completing your A.S. degree, build on your skills and expand your career opportunities by continuing your education at Valencia College and earning a bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to meet with a career program advisor to create your personalized education plan.


Learn How To

Learn How To
  • Protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies
  • Inspect buildings and other structures to search for fire hazards and to ensure that fire codes are met
  • Test and inspect fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it works
  • Determine the origin and cause of fires by searching the surrounding scene and collecting evidence

Job Outlook

Job Outlook

There are a variety of exciting career opportunities that are available in the fire services field. And, as cities and municipalities continue to grow and expand, there will be an increased need and demand for fire fighters, fire officers, fire inspectors and investigators to respond to and assist with emergencies and fire hazards.

Potential Careers

Potential Careers
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Assistant
  • Fire Science Technician

$30,000 - $45,000

Placement Rate

The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 - 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.

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