Fire Science Technology

The Fire Science Technology program at Mount Wachusett Community College provides students an opportunity to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Science Technology. During the course of study, students will develop an understanding of the complexities of fire and emergency services.

Notice to applicants who have attended the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy:  you may be eligible for articulated credit.  The following list details the courses included in the Articulation Agreement between the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and MWCC's Fire Science Program.  Please request a review of your eligibility when you apply to MWCC.

  • Career Recruit Training or Call/Volunteer Training Program = FST155 & 159
  • Fire Officer I Training = FST160
  • 40 hr. Fire Investigation Program = FST163
  • 40 hr. Motor Pump Operator = FST162
  • Fire Prevention Officer Program = FST157
  • Hazardous Materials TECHNICIAN Program = FST154

Fire Science Technology Degree (FS)

The Fire Science Technology Degree provides relevant coursework in building construction, fire prevention, fire investigation, and more. The Fire Science program accepts certain courses in transfer from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. This program is for those working in the field, as well as those seeking careers in fire and emergency services. MWCC has adopted the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model curriculum. These courses follow the national curriculum recognized by the National Fire Academy.

Year 1
ENG 101College Writing I 3
FST 153Fire Protection Systems 3
FST 159Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FST 155Principles Emergency Services 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 3
FST 158Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival 3
FST 157Fire Prevention 3
ENG 102College Writing II 3
FST 151Building Construction 3
FST 154Hazardous Materials Chemistry 3
FST 152Strategy and Tactics 3
Year 2
FST 162Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply 3
FST 161Legal Aspects of Emergency Services 3
FST 160Fire and Emergency Services Administration 3
HCC 111Emergency Medical Technician I (Evening Only) 4
HCC 112Emergency Medical Technician II (Evening Only) 4
Humanities Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 2 3
FST 163Fire Investigation I 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3 3-4
 Total Credits: 62-63

Humanities Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Social Science Electives: See Elective Courses by Abbreviation.


Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective options: EAS 126, BIO 101, BIO 103, EAS 110, PSY or SOC.

See Fire Science Technology program student learning outcomes and technical standards.


The Fire Science Technology Degree is a web-based program.

Student Success Tips

Students are strongly advised to sit for the National EMT Certification Exam immediately upon completion of HCC 111 and 112.  Almost all Fire Departments require EMT certification.

Transfer Options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special Requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career Options/Earning Potential

For career options, please click here.

Program Student Learning Outcomes for FS

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of fire prevention.
  • Use theory and practice relative to fire hydraulics in relation to fire suppression.
  • Articulate fundamental codes and ordinances specific to building construction.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the principles of arson investigation.
  • Use principles of hazardous chemicals in containment of toxic spills.
  • Use equipment typical of a traditional fire company.
  • Exhibit the use of principles specific to managing a fire or some other type of incident.

Technical Standards1 for FS


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Lift a minimum of 100 pounds.
  • Traverse small spaces.
  • Climb to extended heights.
  • Manipulate gauges and valves associated with fire control.

FST 151. Building Construction. 3 Credits.

This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. Prerequisite: FST 155 or permission of division dean.

FST 152. Strategy and Tactics. 3 Credits.

This course provides the principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents. Prerequisite: FST 159.

FST 153. Fire Protection Systems. 3 Credits.

This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 154. Hazardous Materials Chemistry. 3 Credits.

This course provides basic chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 155. Principles Emergency Services. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; 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; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 157. Fire Prevention. 3 Credits.

This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 158. Principles of Firefighter Safety and Survival. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 159. Fire Behavior and Combustion. 3 Credits.

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 160. Fire and Emergency Services Administration. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer. Prerequisite: FST 155.

FST 161. Legal Aspects of Emergency Services. 3 Credits.

The course will address the Federal, State, and local laws that regulate emergency services and include a review of national standards, regulations, and consensus standards. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

FST 162. Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply. 3 Credits.

This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. Prerequisites: FST 155, MAT 092, or placement.

FST 163. Fire Investigation I. 3 Credits.

This course is intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the firesetter, and types of fire causes. Prerequisites: FST 151, FST 155, FST 159, or permission of division dean.