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Firefighting Specialist

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science


This program is designed for firefighters affiliated with an existing paid or volunteer fire department. Emphasis is placed upon specialized firefighting courses offered through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety Center. This program will expand a firefighter's knowledge and develop leadership for emergency response.

Firefighting Specialist

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, an applicant to this program must have current affiliation with a volunteer or paid fire department and be a high school graduate or equivalent.

Firefighting Specialist

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 64.5

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Completion of Associate of Applied Science degree requirements, AND

Term 1
BCA:112 Intro to Data Processing OR 3.0
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
ECN:120 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
FIR:320 **Essentials of Firefighting I 4.0
FIR:338 ***Technical Agricultural Rescue 1.0


Term 2
CHM:110 Intro to Chemistry 3.0
CHM:111 Intro to Chemistry Lab 1.0
ECN: 130 Principles of Microeconomics 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
  Fire Science Elective 3.0
* Math Elective 3.0


Term 3
FIR:280 **Instructional Techniques for Fire Service Training (Fire Instruction I) 3.0
FIR:301 **Fire Department Officer I 3.0
FIR:325 **Essentials of Firefighting II 2.0
FIR:949 Special Topics (Driver Operator; Pumping)¹ 1.5
PHI:105 Intro to Ethics 3.0
  Fire Science Elective 4.0


Term 4
FIR:306 **Fire Inspection Principles of Practices 3.0
FIR:322 **Hazardous Materials: Operations Level 1.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0
PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0
  Fire Science Electives² 8.0
  Physics Elective 3.0

Math Electives: MAT:128, MAT:130, MAT:210, MAT:216, MAT:219, MAT:744

**Offered through the IA Fire Service Training Bureau (or equivalent out-of-state certificate)
***Offered through National Education Center for Agriculture Safety (NECAS), Peosta, IA
¹Driver Operator; Pumping
²Five credits are awarded for EMT or Paramedic certificates.

Students must take 15 credits of electives or related fire service course work:

Fire Science Electives
FIR:201 Incident Command Series I
FIR:202 Incident Command Series II
FIR:203 Incident Command Series III
FIR:210 Incident Safety Officer
FIR:302 Fire Department Officer II
FIR:308 Health and Safety Officer
FIR:309 Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations
FIR:312 Arson Detection for First Responders
FIR:391 Preparing for Initial Company Operations
FIR:392 Decision Making for Company Operations
FIR:393 Training Operations in Small Departments
FIR:401 Leadership I
FIR:402 Leadership II
FIR:403 Leadership III
  or related fire service coursework

Students with a terminal EMS certificate are awarded 5 credits towards the electives, EMT B, Iowa Paramedic, Paramedic Specialist, or EMT Intermediate (State of IA or National Registry).

Additional Academic Requirement(s): To receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, a student must complete all of the general education courses and bring in a certificate of completion for the required firefighting courses and 5 elective firefighting courses. Students will be given 33 credits for the required and elective firefighting courses -- 33 in addition to the 31 general education courses meets the minimum 64-credit requirement for an AAS degree.

  1. A minimum of 64 credit hours, with at least 18 earned at NICC.

  2. A minimum GPA of 2.0 and a passing grade in all required courses.

  3. Course work electives (articulated from the Fire Service Training Bureau).

The firefighting courses are offered by the Fire Service Training Bureau and are offered at various times and locations throughout the year.

Firefighting Specialist

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$24,627 - $40,589

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Firefighting Specialist

Additional Information:


Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208

Dan Neenan
National Education Center for Agriculture Safety
(NECAS) Manager
800.728.7367, ext. 248