Fire Science

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Firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations where life, property, or the environment are at risk.

The fire science technology program prepares graduates to function as entry-level, fire service personnel and provides the degree associated with advancement within the fire service for career personnel currently employed as firefighters. Employment opportunities include positions as firefighters, fire officers, fire prevention officers, code enforcement officers, fire rangers, and crash and rescue technicians.

This program is a partnership between the College of Southern Maryland, which provides the general education courses, and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI), which provides the technical courses at sites in Southern Maryland. Credits for MFRI courses will be transferred into the college based upon the current Articulation Agreement between the College of Southern Maryland and the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is coordinating the development of a Model for Training and Education by the United States Fire Administration (USFA). With model lower-level (associate) curriculum outlines developed and established upper-level (baccalaureate) courses available, the major components are in place to move toward a National System for Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education. CSM curriculum will be revised to meet the approved curriculum standards.

A major objective of practicum experience is to apply classroom theory to the work environment. Students involved in work activities that support their curriculum may request their work experience be evaluated to ensure required practicum objectives and competencies are met.

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CSM Stories

CSM alum Joe Watson sits in a fire truck with his CSM Hawks mask on
"CSM has been phenomenal helping me get my transcripts where they needed to be for fire department applications, even in the pandemic when they were in Remote Operations, and both the construction industry and fire services has been so busy for me,” he said. Joe has also been an active and dedicated volunteer at the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department for several years.
Joe Watson '19
CSM Alumnus
Fire Science
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Career Opportunities

Potential career opportunities include:

  • Fire fighters
  • Fire officers
  • Fire prevention officers
  • Code enforcement officers
  • Fire rangers
  • Crash and rescue technicians

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