Fire Science

Fire Science

MCC partners with area fire service agencies to provide fire academy training and college credits for those who want a career in fire science.

As a Fire Science student, you will learn practical techniques for fighting fires and also study the theories of fire fighting techniques. MCC’s Fire Science programs cover a wide range of classes designed to prepare you for entry-level fire fighter positions and for advanced or promotion opportunities in fire services. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science is designed to provide you with the general education and technical training to succeed as a fire service professional.

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Firefighters putting out fire in training yard

Fire Science Program Options

  • AAS in Fire Science – The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science is designed for the fire fighter who expects to further his or her career in the fire service or related fields. The Fire Science program offers students command development and continuing education courses.
  • The Fire Fighter Certificate is designed to either prepare a student for a career in the fire service or to enhance the knowledge and skills of an individual who is already employed as a firefighter. It is a 21- to 23-credit-hour program.

The certificates serve as a step in the student’s path to an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science.

Mohave Community College’s Fire Science program, which mirrors the latest national qualification standards, is designed for fire service professionals who want to enhance their technical competencies or increase their prospects for career advancement. Graduates of the program will have a “theoretical core” on which they can continue to build throughout their lives.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a firefighter in Arizona?

To become a firefighter you must achieve state Fire 1 & 2 certification through an accredited fire academy and pass the state certification exam.  MCC’s FSC 150 Fire Academy Class will meet these certification requirements and prepare you for the state exam.  Most fire departments in Arizona also require an EMT certification, which can be done in the Fall before going through the Fire Academy.

Are these programs accredited?

MCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, other accreditations are held by specific programs. MCC’s Fire Academy is approved by IFSAC International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. For more information, including the state testing certification information, go to Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence webpage. 

What is the process to apply for the fire academy?

Students interested in the Academy must submit an application by September 1.  Applicants will be contacted with dates for written and physical exams, which take place in October.  The test scores from the physical and written exams are combined and the top twenty applicants will receive notification that they have been accepted into the academy.  Accepted students will need to complete MCC admissions requirements and health document requirements to the program, including a background check and drug screen by November 30.

When and where is the Fire Academy offered?

FSC 150 runs from January – May every year in person in Kingman. Classes are Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm – 10pm and Saturdays 7am – 5pm. Remote classes are not offered for the Fire Academy.

How often are classes offered?

Many Fire Science classes are offered every semester. Classes are available during the day and evening hours, limited weekends, and online through MCC’s distance education program. No FSC classes will be offered in the summer.  FSC 150 Fire Academy is only offered in the Spring semester.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, MCC has financial aid available. Please visit our Financial Aid page for information on applying for financial aid, and available scholarships. Students who are interested should apply for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they qualify. Go to for an online application.

How much does the Fire Academy cost?

In addition to the tuition, which is based on Arizona residency status, there is a $2,500 course fee that includes rental gear, uniforms, equipment, textbooks, and state testing fees. 

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact the Fire Science Program Manager using the contact information on the right side of the screen.  In addition, you can contact the Student Services office on the nearest campus.

What if I have my EMT certification from outside MCC?

Students can request Credit for Prior Learning to receive credit for EMS 222 if pursuing MCC’s Fire Fighter certificate or AAS Fire Science degree.  Please see your advisor for more details on this process.

Does MCC offer job placement in the area of Public Safety?

MCC can provide contact information for the various agencies; however, the hiring process is conducted by each agency’s Human Resources Department. Many fire departments recruit and hire new firefighters in June at the completion of the Fire Academy.

Do state firefighter certifications expire or require renewal?

No, once you obtain state Fire 1 & 2 certifications, they do not expire and are not required to be renewed.

Will a criminal record exclude me from a fire fighting career?

A felony conviction will exclude you from a fire fighting career. Misdemeanor convictions are evaluated by a fire department agency on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program could lead to professional licensure or certification within the state of Arizona. View this state guide to identify other states in which MCC program requirements fulfill educational guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

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