Fire Science Program (FSC)

The degree program has both regional accreditation and is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress(IFSAC) as well as being an NFA/FESHE Recognized program. The degree and certificates, and their courses, are updated on a continual basis by our staff, faculty, and program advisory board to meet NFPA Guidelines and current national guidelines and standards.

Yavapai College provides certificate programs and an AAS degree in Fire Science.

The Fire Science programs are designed for those in the fire service, those seeking employment in the fire service, and for those individuals working in the private sector that deal with the disciplines of fire protection, prevention, and investigation. Our programs deliver a solid educational foundation to students through the highest quality fire service training, providing them with the best opportunity for employment, promotion, and personal growth within the fire service community.

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Training Facilities

  • Live fire burn building
  • Confined space and structure collapse props
  • Flammable gas and liquids props
  • Blackout & entanglement maze props
  • Vehicle extrication
  • SCBA’s and turnout gear
  • Classroom learning environments

 Employment Data

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

Learn more at the US Dept Labor.

Top Five Fire Fighter Occupations from American Job Center Network:

Firefighter Certification Pass Rates

  • 2010-2012 Firefighter I&II: 92% students passed the program
  • 2010-2012 AZ State Certification: 98.75% students passed

 Student Right to Know (SRTK)

Student Right to Know (SRTK) refers to a Federally-mandated public disclosure of a college's Completion Rate and Transfer Rate. The intent of SRTK is to provide to the consumer a statistic of comparable effectiveness that they can use in the determination of college choice. All colleges nationwide are effectively required to participate in the disclosure of rates. Yavapai College has included additional success measures from the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA).

 International Fire Service Accreditation (IFSAC)

logoAssessment is an important part of any academic endeavor. In the case of YC Fire Science Program, the accreditation process as outlined by the IFSAC Degree Assembly. IFSAC assessment shows if a program is achieving its goals through peer review. The IFSAC provides an internationally approved set of criteria and a thorough review of a program procedure and outcomes set against this criteria. Through IFSAC Accreditation students’ degrees articulate on an international and national level for both academic and career. Accreditation indicates that the course offering, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. This process has a positive effect on faculty, staff, and students as it presents their views and concerns and confirms that these count. FESHE recognizes IFSAC accreditation.

 The Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education Program (FESHE)

logoAn organization of post-secondary institutions to promote higher education and to enhance the recognition of the fire and emergency services as professions to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards. Yavapai College is a proud member of FESHE.

View the FESHE Program - 13mb pdf

Contact Information

Kenneth Krebbs