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Fire Science Technology

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The Fire Science Technology (FST) program at Sinclair provides an understanding of all aspects of the field, including fire protection, fire prevention, and investigation.

Chartered by the State of Ohio to provide certified firefighter and rescue training, our academic programs will allow you to choose from a full range of courses addressing fire and safety issues, while gaining real-world experience.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy helping others and meeting the needs of those around you.
  • You would like to provide a valuable service to your community.
  • You are interested in gaining strong leadership, decision-making and team cohesion skills.
  • You want to enter a profession that provides you with a variety of different working environments and conditions.

The FST program is also appropriate for career firefighters, fire protection system designers, fire code enforcement personnel, and safety professionals who want to enhance their job skills as well as increase their opportunities for promotion.

Short-term Technical Certificate

Fire Department Company Officer

Develop management, supervision and leadership skills that company-grade officers need to manage and command multi-company fire situations. This certificate meets the objectives of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1021, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications Level II.

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Program Accreditation Information
Fire Officer I and II are accredited by the National Board on Professional Firefighter Qualifications Board.


Fire Department Executive Officer

Develop management, supervision and leadership skills required by upper-level executive-grade officers. These skills are needed to effectively manage fire protection and emergency services in today’s complex fire service environment and command complex multi-company and multi-jurisdictional emergency incidents. This certificate meets objectives of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1021, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications Levels III and IV.

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Industrial Fire Protection Technician

This certificate provides the knowledge and skills required for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of automated sprinkler, fire detection, alarm and suppression systems. This certificate prepares the student to take the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies Level I, Fire Protection Examination.

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Professional Firefighter

Provides training for full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters to obtain the certifications necessary to meet the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1001, Firefighter I and II. State of Ohio Certification from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

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Degree Programs

Fire Engineering Technology - Associate of Applied Science

This program provides a full range of courses that address fire protection engineering and safety issues. The program prepares students for careers in fire protection engineering, inspection, arson investigation, engineering design of early detection, warning and suppression systems, emergency response and fire administration. Courses include fire protection systems design, fire investigation, fire codes, safety management, building construction, hazardous materials and administrative issues. Real-world experience is gained through internship with a fire department, fire inspection services or arson investigation companies. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as fire engineering technicians and work as fire/safety officers in general industry or construction firms; design firms specializing in sprinkler systems or fire protection design; arson investigators, fire inspectors or continue their education and obtain a bachelor's degree in fire engineering.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Fire Science Technology/Fire Administration - Associate of Applied Science

This program provides the education and skills needed by the fire service professional to function in the emergency services field. Courses include administration, inspection, investigation, building construction, fire hydraulics and water suppression systems. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as firefighters, fire officers, investigators, inspectors, instructors, or continue their education in fire science or public administration.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Program Accreditation Information
The Firefighter I, II Fire Safety Inspector and Fire Instructor Classes are certification courses through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Also Firefighter I and II, Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I and II are accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.


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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some FST program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the fire science technology programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: