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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Firefighting Specialist

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Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Enrollment may occur during any term. Fall term is the start of the program course sequence.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree

Description: This program is designed for firefighters affiliated with an existing paid or volunteer fire department.

Emphasis is placed upon specialized firefighting courses offered through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. This program will expand a firefighter’s knowledge and develop leadership for emergency response.

Program Admission: In addition to the College enrollment process , applicants must be affiliated with a volunteer or paid fire department.

Academic Requirements: To receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, a student must complete all of the general education courses and bring in a certificate of completion for the required firefighting courses and 5 elective firefighting courses. These 33 credits, in addition to the 32 NICC credits, will meet the minimum 64-credit requirement for an AAS degree.

  1. A minimum of 64 credit hours, with at least 18 earned at NICC.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.0 and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. Coursework electives (articulated from the Fire Service Training Bureau).

The firefighting courses are offered by the Fire Service Training Bureau and are offered at various times and locations throughout the year.

Minimum Credits: 64.5

Course Sequence

Term 2: Spring

Term 3: Summer

  • FIR 280 - Instructional Techniques for Fire Service Training (Fire Instruction I) 3.0 Credit(s) 1
  • FIR 301 - Fire Department Officer I 3.0 Credit(s) 1
  • FIR 325 - Essentials of Firefighting II 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • FIR 948 - Special Topics 1.5 Credit(s) 3
  • Fire Science Elective 4.0 Credit(s) (See Below)

Term 4: Fall


15 Credits of Fire Science Electives

  • FIR 201 - Incident Command Series I
  • FIR 202 - Incident Command Series II
  • FIR 203 - Incident Command Series III
  • FIR 210 - Incident Safety Officer
  • FIR 302 - Fire Department Officer II
  • FIR 308 - Health and Safety Officer
  • FIR 309 - Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations
  • FIR 312 - Arson Detection for First Responders
  • FIR 391 - Preparing for Initial Company Operations
  • FIR 392 - Decision Making for Company Operations
  • FIR 393 - Training Operations In Small Departments
  • FIR 401 - Leadership I
  • FIR 402 - Leadership II
  • FIR 403 - Leadership III
  • related fire service coursework


1 Offered through the IA Fire Service Training Bureau (or equivalent out-of-state certificate)

2 Offered through National Education Center for Agriculture Safety (NECAS), Peosta, Iowa

3 Driver Operator; Pumping

4 Students with a terminal EMS certificate are awarded 5 credits towards the electives, EMT or EMT B, Advanced EMT or Iowa Paramedic, Paramedic or Paramedic Specialist (State of IA or National Registry).

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