College & Community Relations

Fire Science program at Aims first in state to earn international accreditation

Submitted on: 05-11-2006

Aims Community College’s Fire Science program recently received international accreditation through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). There are currently only 16 accredited Fire Science programs through IFSAC around the world, and Aims Community College is the only IFSAC accredited Fire Science program in Colorado. “This accreditation serves as an external validation of what we already know is a top-notch program,” said Aims Fire Sciences Program Director Randy Souther. “Now, in addition to the fine reputation our graduates carry into the field, they can add this international recognition to their accomplishments.” The program’s accreditation was unanimously approved at the annual meeting of IFSAC in Dublin, Ohio, on April 22. A team comprised of IFSAC representatives from agencies in Alaska, Utah and Texas conducted a site visit of the Aims Fire Science Program in March. A site team reviews a program to confirm that course offerings, institutional support and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation shows that the program has been evaluated and deemed worthy by an objective and independent body to verify that the program is meeting the highest standards, according to the IFSAC. Benefits of accreditation include program accountability, increased transferability of degrees and courses to other institutions, increased professionalism, and continuous program improvement. “We are really so proud of this distinction,” Souther said. “It takes a whole team – our instructors, staff and advisory committee – to achieve this level of recognition.” For more information about Aims Fire Science program, contact Program Director Randy Souther at (970) 339-6276 or

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