Fire Science

Fire Science

Rescue, Save & Protect

Do you love the outdoors and want to work with a bigger purpose? In Fire Science you not only learn the knowledge and skills required of a firefighter, you’ll also develop your self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork skills. Courses are taught through a combination of lecture and cooperative training.

In year two of this program, you can volunteer with the West Valley Fire Department and get even more hands-on practice of your skills.

If you want be a hero and aren’t afraid of hard work, Fire Science could be your pathway to a lifelong, rewarding career.

Career options & salary range

Structural firefighter, wildland firefighter, EMT, paramedic

Skills learned

  • Learn fire suppression techniques and tactics for wildland and structural fires
  • Learn proper patient care and bedside manner on EMS calls as well as victim removal from emergency and wound care
  • Learn proper use of a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Develop leadership skills and learn how to work well a team
Grade
11

You can start this program in 11th grade by enrolling in Fire Science 101. See your counselor for more details.

Your Contact

Program of Study Lead

Chris Lyons

Fire Science Instructor

(509) 966-3111

clyons@westvalleyfire.com

  • Pathways

  • Right out of high school

    Apply at fire departments and get hired on as an Entry Level Firefighter with a department that will provide all of your training.

  • Short-term training options

    Attend courses through the Washington State Fire Academy

  • 4-year degree

    Get your Fire Science bachelor’s degree and apply with departments using that (not currently required to become a firefighter)

Program requirements
Fire Science 101 0.5
Fire Science 102 0.5
Fire Science 201 0.5
Fire Science 202 0.5
2.0 credit(s)

College credit earned

  • WWCC FCA 100 - Introduction to Firefighting
  • WWCC FCA 111 - Fundamentals of Firefighting
  • WWCC FCA 115 - Advanced Firefighting

Certifications & training

  • Fire Science 101 & 102 - CPR/First Aid certification through the American Heart Association
  • Fire Science 101 & 102 - Certified as NWCG Wildland Firefighter 2

Courses

Fire Science 101 & 102 ‐ 1 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ 2 semesters

Prerequisite ‐ Juniors and seniors with “C” or better in Biology and Algebra I

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

If you are looking to be a volunteer Firefighter, Wildland Firefighter, or are just curious about a career in the fire service, sign up for this Fire Science course. You’ll develop your self-confidence and build leadership and teamwork skills. The class follows the I.F.S.T.A (International Fire Service Training Association) Essentials Curriculum and allows for hands-on firefighting training. Class begins at 7:20am and will run until the end of 1st period Monday-Thursday; there is no class on Fridays. You’ll be responsible for your own transportation to class and must be on time.

Along with in-class instruction, you’ll use the fire training ground and have the opportunity to work with members of West Valley Fire Department. A good attitude, the willingness to work hard, and respect for all of the instructors is a must. The class is physically demanding at times.

To complete the course, you’ll attend both semesters as this is a yearlong course, and those who complete it will receive a CPR/First Aid certification through the American Heart Association. You will also be certified as NWCG Wildland Firefighter 2 and have the opportunity to receive 17 credits at Walla Walla Community college toward their Fire Science bachelor’s degree.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Learn and practice fire assessment and suppression for wildland and structural fires
  • Master CPR and First Aid training
  • Learn how to respond to an emergency
  • Develop communication and teamwork skills
  • Practice proper patient care and victim removal
  • Operate a Self-contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Build strength, endurance, and self-confidence

Fire Science 201 & 202 ‐ 1 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ 2 semesters

Prerequisite ‐ Senior hired by fire department after completing 101 & 102

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

A yearlong course, 201 and 202 is reserved specifically for students that took 101 & 102 as a junior and applied to be a Cadet on the fire department and were hired. 201 and 202 focus more on your leadership role and you’ll assist in the instruction portion of the class. This course also allows you to go on calls should the crew working that day get a call, which is why you can only take 201 and 202 if you are a hired member of West Valley Fire Department.

*Does not count as a Science credit

Student Learning Objectives

  • Learn and practice fire assessment and suppression for wildland and structural fires
  • Master CPR and First Aid training
  • Learn how to respond to an emergency
  • Develop communication and teamwork skills
  • Practice proper patient care and victim removal
  • Operate a Self-contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Build strength, endurance, and self-confidence
  • Lead others and coordinate team members to accomplish a common goal
  • Help teach what you’ve learned to Year 1 students
  • Gain hands-on experience responding to calls as an employee of the fire department