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Fire Science and Safety Technology (ASCT)

Fire Science and Safety Technology (ASCT)

Associate of Science Career/Tech

About This Degree

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Estimated Program Length

2 years


Vincennes Campus

University Catalog

Firefighters have one of the most exciting jobs in the country and one of the most dangerous! Many fire departments require some type of formal training, above all, safety comes first. The more you know about the nature of fire and the technologies used to control it, the safer you will be.











Vincennes University has worked closely with Indiana fire officials and fire departments to develop this premiere, two-year program which is one of the best in the state. By the time you graduate, you’ll have both the basic and advanced training you need to perform your job with the utmost confidence.


This program emphasizes the academic and practical side of firefighting. Students will also have the opportunity to earn State of Indiana certifications as well as national incident management system (NIMS) certifications.

State Licensure/Certification Information

Certifications included in this degree

Mandatory Firefighter, Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Technical Rescue Awareness, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Awareness,  Hazardous Materials Operations, Fire Officer Strategies and Tactics, Rope Rescue Operations, NIMS 100, 200, 700 and 800.

Topics You Will Study

Buildings, fire codes, and construction, Types of construction, Flame spread, Smoke and fire containment, Principles of fire resistance, Firefighting strategies and techniques, Methods of fire attack, Fire behavior, Building design, Fire ground hydraulics, Ethics, Rope rescue, Fire alarm systems

Special types of fire emergencies

Transportation, Below ground, Confined spaces

Fire cause and determination

Conduct basic investigations, Area and methods of fire spread, Recognize and preserve evidence, Arson and constitution law

This degree transfers directly into VU's Homeland Security and Public Safety B.S. Degree program.

Career Outcomes