Fire Science

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Find out more about the new Public Safety Institute


Fire science studies the protection against and practice of easing the unwanted effects of fires. The Aims Fire Science programs will give you the skills you need for a successful career as a fire fighter. We offer programs in the areas of structural firefighting and wildland firefighting.

New Facility Opening Spring 2016
More information on the new Public Safety Institute

A few of the degree and certificate programs offered include:

  • Structural Fire Academy: A 15-week course with lots of hands-on training to prepare you for a career in fire service.
  • Wildland Fire Academy: Learn how to keep Colorado beautiful and safe. This is the only program of its kind in the state!
  • Associate of Applied Science degrees in both Structural and Wildland Firefighting

The Aims Fire Science degree is the only fire science program in Colorado to be accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission.

Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education recognition program for colleges and universities

The Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition certificate is an acknowledgement that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).

These regionally-accredited colleges and universities have demonstrated a commitment to the nationally-recognized FESHE model of standardized professional development education criteria. FESHE concentrates on degree programs that emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention, fire administration and emergency medical services management.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Fire Science Program is to prepare students for entry level and career advancement in the fire service and/or for the pursuit of an advanced degree by educating them in the fundamental concepts of professionalism, communication, problem solving, teamwork, and hands-on training for a successful career in the fire service.

Essential Skills

Check out the essential skills guide which is a list of commonly encountered qualities and skills typically necessary to be successful in a particular program or area of interest.