Fire Science

COT Fire Science graduate on the job
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

City fire departments
Volunteer fire departments
Airport fire departments
Fire marshals and government agencies such as the Dept. of Natural Resources
Bureau of Land Management, etc.

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Students earn an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science upon successful completion of this program.

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students are encouraged to obtain the basic EMT training to coincide with their Fire Science degree. In the Billings area, students can contact Big Sky EMS for the training dates and information (406) 698-6430 or (406) 259-6713.

PLAN OF STUDY
ADVISING WORKSHEET
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • history, traditions, terminology, organization, and operation of the fire service
  • provide insight into the inner workings of the fire service
  • the requirements of the fire service in areas of infectious disease control, firefighter protective clothing, and fire scene safety
  • the basic requirements of the fire fighter in the performance of his/her duty from suppression, code enforcement, technical rope rescue
  • The student will have several opportunities to use a simulator to promote an understanding of fire tactics and fire behavior and to formulate strategies for utilizing various resources within the fire organization
  • Basic wildland firefighting knowledge, skills
  • Principles of emergency incident management
  • Basic investigative techniques for fire causes and origin
  • Develops the student's speaking and creative skills as well as the ability to use instructional tools and various media in an educational environment
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $34,900
Median Wage (US)* $38,700
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2003-2005) $31,363
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Expected growth (MT)* 24%
Expected growth (US)* 26%
(projections through 2012)  
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Customer and Personal Service - knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Active Listening
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking & Deductive Reasoning
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  • Spatial Orientation - The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


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