Fire Science

This program is a Selective Program. Application requirements are included in the description below.

Basic Firefighter

Certificate

This program is designed to prepare students for the firefighting occupation. Students of the Fire Science Program will learn the functions of all the fire equipment, including the fire apparatus, as well as both the theory and practical application of firefighting technology. The program will prepare students for firefighter certifications according to the standards from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This program will provide training to newly hired firefighters from the local departments as well as provide ongoing training to current veteran firefighters who serve in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered for entry into the South Texas College Fire Academy/Firefighter Certificate, all applicants must complete the requirements below which will be evaluated for accuracy, passing scores, and acceptable outcomes:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicants with military background must have an honorable discharge to apply.
  3. Complete Fire Academy application (published on program webpage).
  4. Pass Physical Fitness Test administered by Fire Academy. Information about test dates are published on program webpage. (Applicant must have valid identification to participate in test.)
  5. Submit fingerprints for criminal history check through a state/national database. Applicants convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor, or above, or convicted of a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years will not be considered.
  6. Clearance by medical doctor.
  7. Must provide the following documents:
    • Certified Copy of Court Disposition (for all charges on criminal history)
    • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien
    • Valid Texas Driver’s License
    • Official high school transcript (accredited) or proof of GED completion
    • Military Discharge Form (DD 214), if applicable.

Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science

The Fire Science Technology Associate Degree program is designed to build on students’ knowledge of the firefighting occupation. The program will prepare students for firefighter certifications beyond the basic fire suppression certification according to the standards from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Students will also be introduced to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. It also provides a sound foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.

Dr. Armando Ocaña, School Safety Director, La Joya ISD
Ricardo Reyes, Fire Chief, Rio Grande City Fire Department
Rene Lopez, Jr., Fire Chief, Mission Fire Department
Jim Schultz, Assistant Deputy Chief, McAllen Fire Department
Carlos Arispe, Deputy Chief, Pharr Fire Department

Certificate

Associates Degree

Basic Firefighter Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I 3
FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II 4
FIRS 1313 Firefighter Certification III 3
FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV 3
FIRS 1423 Firefighter Certification V 4
FIRS 1203 Firefighter Agility and Fitness Preparation 2
FIRS 1329 Firefighter Certification VI 3
FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII 4
 Credit Hours26
 Total Credit Hours26 Credit Hours

Fire Science Technology Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I 3
FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II 4
FIRS 1313 Firefighter Certification III 3
FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV 3
FIRS 1203 Firefighter Agility and Fitness Preparation 2
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
FIRS 1423 Firefighter Certification V 4
FIRS 1329 Firefighter Certification VI 3
FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII 4
Math and Natural Sciences Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
FIRT 1427 Building Construction in the Fire Service 4
FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection 3
FIRT 1309 Fire Administration I 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 1 3
FIRT 1333 Fire Chemistry I 3
FIRT 1338 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRT 1301 Fundamentals of Fire Protection 3
Humanities Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
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Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement.

Escrowed Credit

Upon successful completion of FIRT 1427 Building Construction in the Fire Service and FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection, students who have successfully completed and maintain Firefighter Certification through a Texas Commission on Fire Protection licensed Fire Academy will be awarded 26 credit hours for the following courses:

FIRS 1301Firefighter Certification I3
FIRS 1407Firefighter Certification II4
FIRS 1313Firefighter Certification III3
FIRS 1319Firefighter Certification IV3
FIRS 1203Firefighter Agility and Fitness Preparation2
FIRS 1423Firefighter Certification V4
FIRS 1329Firefighter Certification VI3
FIRS 1433Firefighter Certification VII4
Total Credit Hours26