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Fire Science Program Code 305318

1 Year Technical Diploma

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Fire Science program trains basic fire behaviors, techniques used to control structural and related fire emergencies and life safety practices. This program will provide an overview to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service, fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection/services; fire departments as a part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; and fire service nomenclature.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment as a Fire Fighter, Fire Apparatus/Equipment Specialist, Industrial Fire Technician, Industrial Safety Technician, Fire Insurance Investigator, Industrial Fire Inspector, or additional careers applicable to fire sciences related occupations.


. Additional courses which may enhance your eligibility for employment:

10-503-150, Fire Science Internship
10-531-102, EMT
10-503-730, Fire Fighter II

Program Outcomes

. Prepare for incident response and Fire operations.
. Demonstrate fire protection skills associated with established standards and procedures for a variety of emergency based encounters.
. Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies, and supervisors.
. Demonstrate professional behavior.
. Meet Wisconsin state and national competency requirements for fire credentialing.
. Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.
. Perform fire prevention activities including preplanning, public education, inspection, and investigation.
. Apply incident management and mitigation skills to emergency incidents.
. Apply critical thinking skills to both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Requirements for Program Entry

. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic, 27; Reading Comprehension, 70: Sentence Skills, 74. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, life, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Fire Science Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown.


* 10-503-142 Fire Fighting Principles
* 10-503-153 Hazardous Material Operations
* 10-503-191 Principles of Emergency Svcs
* 10-890-101 College 101

* 10-503-155 Fire Protection Hydraulics
10-804-107 College Mathematics


Curriculum Note
* No final grade lower than a “C” is acceptable in any of the core program courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
** The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
Successful program completion prepares and entitles the student to take the state certification examination. A graduate is licensed only after successful completion of the certification examination and application for a state certification.
Graduates of the Fire Science technical diploma who complete their coursework with a "C" or better in their program courses and meet the program benchmark scores for the Fire Medic program, may qualify for advanced standing within the Fire Medic Associate Degree program.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-503-142 FIRE FIGHTING PRINCIPLES ...basic fire behavior, techniques for control structural, related fire emergencies, life safety practices; covers practical evolutions necessary to control and extinguish fires; satisfies all requirements for Firefighter 1 state certification. (Prerequisite: Acceptance to Fire Science or Fire Medic program; Corequisites: 10-503-191, Principles of Emergency Services; 10-503-153, Hazardous Material Operations)

10-503-153 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL OPERATIONS ...prepares the participant to perform the minimum hazardous material incident operations associated with firefighting functions. Meets operational level competencies referenced in the JPRs in NFPA 1001, 4-1.1. (Corequisites: 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles; 10-503-191, Principles of Emergency Services; OR Firefighter I State Certification)

10-503-155 FIRE PROTECTION HYDRAULICS ...provides a foundation of knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection. Meets all of the requirements for the Driver Operator-Pumper certification with the State of Wisconsin. (Prerequisites: 10-503-191, Principles of Emergency Services and 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles OR Firefighter I State Certification; Corequisite: 10-804-107, College Mathematics)

10-503-191 PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ...provides an overview to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; and fire service nomenclature. (Corequisites: 10-503-142, Fire Fighting Principles; 10-503-153, Hazardous Material Operations OR Fire Fighter 1 State Certification)

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.