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Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)

Associate of Applied Science

Pima’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) degree program incorporates a comprehensive, relevant curriculum of fire prevention and fire protection knowledge that you need to become a firefighter. This program also provides current firefighters with the education needed to broaden their career path.

This program of study is recognized by the U. S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) as a Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) institution.

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in FSC courses once you have completed the requirements listed in Program Admission and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


29th Street Coalition Center

Contact Information

Division of Workforce and Continuing Education
Dean: 520.206.4664
Program Advisor:  520.206.7464

Program Information

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Semester Pathways


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Firefighter $40,456
Fire Inspectors and Investigators  $57,658

Academic Options

This program may apply toward a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). See an advisor.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. * A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
   Recommend: WRT 101 or 154
Mathematics or Science
  NOTE:  The Math Competency must be met.
Arts and Humanities 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Other Requirement
   Recommend: CMN 120 or WRT 102
Special Requirement
Fulfill the C or G requirement by taking appropriate courses in the above categories.
  Recommend: CMN 120
Subtotal 15

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
EMT 100* Emergency Medical Technology 9
Fire Academy
FSC 110 Rope I 0.75
FSC 130 Strength and Fitness for Fire Science 1
FSC 149 Fire Operations I 4
FSC 150 Fire Operations II 4
FSC 153 Hazardous Materials 1.5
FSC 160 Wildland Firefighting 2
FSC 173 Records and Reports 0.5
FESHE courses
FSC 101 Principles of Emergency Services (FESHE Core) 3
FSC 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion (FESHE Core) 3
FSC 123 Building Construction Related to the Fire Service 
(FESHE Core)
FSC 124 Fire Prevention (FESHE Core) 3
FSC 126 Fire Protection Systems in the Fire Service 
(FESHE Core)
FSC 127 Principles of Emergency Services Safety
and Survival (FESHE Core)
FSC 174 Fire Investigation I (FESHE Non-Core) 3
FSC 252 Fire Service Strategy and Tactics (FESHE Non-Core) 3
Subtotal 46.75
Fire Science Electives
Electives that may be used to substitute certain classes in Required Core section. Contact the fire science program office or Fire Program Advisor for more details.


FSC 111 Rope II 0.75
FSC 112 Rope III 0.75
FSC 125 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (FESHE Non-Core) 2.5
FSC 128 Incident Safety Officer 1
FSC 163 Fire Apparatus and Equipment 3
FSC 170
      FSC 170A   
and FSC 170B   
and FSC 170C   
Fire Science Leadership

   Fire Science Leadership I
   Fire Science Leadership II
   Fire Science Leadership III
FSC 180             Driver Training for Fire Science 3
FSC 260 Fire and Emergency Services Instructor I 2
FSC 270 Leadership I for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 271 Leadership II for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 272 Leadership III for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 273 Leadership IV for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 274 Leadership V for Fire Services Executives 1
FSC 280 Fire Chief Preparation 4
FSC 289 Current Issues in Fire Science 2

* EMT 100 will be waived if the student obtained certification at another institution and student holds a current state or national certification.

Conditional Program/Major Codes: AASFSC/9FSC

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