Fire Science Technology

Fire Science Technology

Begin or advance your career as a fire fighter with an associate degree in Fire Science Technology from COTC.

Why choose COTC for fire science education and credentialing?

The two-year Fire Science Technology program at COTC is the only degree program in central Ohio accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). ​

The Fire Science Technology Program at COTC was the first program in the central Ohio to be recognized by U.S. Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and follows the FESHE recommended curriculum.


Additionally, COTC has agreements with two program partners to offer students flexibility and options in selecting training courses.

Learn more about COTC's Fire Science Technology associate degree program.

Students entering the fire science program shall meet the medical requirements as outlined in chapter 6 of NFPA 1582 standard or utilize the pension board medical exam as a fulfillment of NFPA 1001 requirements. Clarification of Entrance Requirements ​

​Fire Training - Full-time, daytime program - Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) (Reynoldsburg, OH)

  • ​Students attend class at the Ohio Fire Academy Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The daytime program is ten weeks with some evenings and weekends as arranged/needed.
  • There are applications and documents due at least 35 days prior to the start of a class - click here for a COTC OFA checklist.

Fire Training - Part-time, evening program - C-TEC​ (Newark, OH)

  • ​Students attend class at C-TEC Adult Career Center two nights a week from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
  • The evening program is 16 weeks with some Saturdays as arranged/needed.
  • There are applications and documents due prior to the start of a class - click here for a COTC C-TEC checklist​.

Already a Certified Fire Fighter - want to expand your career? Check out more associate degrees and certificates.


Future students​ can access a COTC get-started checklist here​.

COTC ​Fire Science Technology Advisory Committee

​The Fire Science Technology and Technical Rescue programs benefit from a diverse and dedicated Advisory Committee comprised of students and professionals with vested interest in academic and industry excellence.


    • Jay Clevenger, Ohio Fire Academy Training Supervisor                                                                         
    • Earl Miller, C-TEC Public Safety Coordinator


    • Erna Holland, CTEC                                                                                                                
    • Scott Walker, Ohio Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent                                                               
    • Casey Curtis, Chief Granville F.D. (chair)                                                                                                       
    • Patrick Connor, Chief Newark F.D.                                                                                                    
    • Jack Rupp, Asst. Chief Plain Twp. F.D.                                                                                                
    • Gerry Robinson, OFA Dep. Superintendent (Ret.)                                                                              

Alumni currently employed:

    • Dirk Futral, Buckeye Lake Fire Department

Current Student:

    • Ty Greene, COTC Fire Science Student

Graduate Survey Data

Graduation by semester 2013-2019

The 3-year graduation rate for the spring 2016 Fire Science entering cohort was 20%

Recent Fire Science Technology graduates reported being employed as full- or part-time in their field of study at a rate of 100%. ​