Fire Science & Safety

Fire Science & Safety

About the Program

A growing trend in fire service nationwide is the creation of a college-educated fire-fighting workforce. The goal of the Fire Science and Safety program is to enhance technical competencies in the following areas: fire suppression, fire prevention, fire service management, life safety, and other related topics.

AWARD TYPES: Occupational Skills Award, Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1

AREA OF STUDY: Public Safety, Transportation & Consumer Services

Degrees and Certificates

Program Outcomes



Fire Science and Safety Technology students will be able to: Name the principles, theory, and practices associated with leading edge fire science and management, including issues associated with tactical fire operations, fire safety, firefighting leadership and management, and community fire issues. Recall aspects of fire department organization, operations, tools and equipment, the role of the fire fighter, hazardous materials awareness and the mission of the fire service. Use fire ground operations and fire suppression, hazardous materials operations and rescue techniques. Complete certifications by successfully passing a written and practical state exam in the specialty discipline by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection based on National Fire Protection Association standards. This reflects professional preparedness.


Fire Instructor students will be able to: Demonstrate a lesson plan using instructional aids and evaluation forms. Develop a lesson plan, schedule training sessions, and conduct a class using lesson plans. Develop a comprehensive training curriculum and write equipment specifications from specific curriculum information.

Program Information

General Requirements - Fire Science and Safety Technology

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Fire Protection and Safety Technology. Students must choose from one of the following three specializations: Fire Officer, Fire Fighter, or Industrial.
You can not be placed in any Fire Safety AAS plan until you have completed the TCFP certificate (Basic Fire Fighting Academy)

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.


General Requirements - Fire Instructor

The series of three courses provides training required to apply for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Fire Instructor I, II, and III certifications.These courses also provide a three-course certification step to becoming a Training Program Manager. To obtain the TCFP Fire Instructor I, II, and III certification, participants must have a Basic Fire Fighter certification with TCFP and pass the Knowledge and Skills tests for each level of certification. An application fee of $15 per certification must be paid to TCFP when submitting an application to take the final assessment from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.


Basic Fire Academy Orientation

Our Fire Academy Orientation will be held October 15, at 6:00 PM for our Spring Semester. Coldwell Hall, NE location.


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

2018 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results and Remediation Plans
Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2016 Pass Rate (# Passed)2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)2018 Pass Rate (# Passed)2018 Results
 Fire Science &   Safety/Firefighter   AAS 70% 75% 77%(79) 87%(80) 48%(31)  Agency/HCC  Standards Not Met



There are 5,471 Municipal Firefighters employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 8.4% over the next four years.

The estimated annual job openings is 293 jobs a year.
Median Wages - $24.18 hourly, $50,000 annually


Online Program Restrictions

Language Option Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. At this time, the only language option currently available online is Spanish. If you would like to take courses in a language other than Spanish, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online. If an elective course is not available online, it will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Required Course Restrictions
Some HCC Online programs may require students to participate in one or more campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. If a program requires participation in a campus-based course, the campus-based course will be denoted in the program’s degree plan.

Potential Course Restrictions
Some courses may require students to participate in campus-based laboratory sessions or proctored examinations. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.



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Larry Spann

Fire Science & Safety

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