Fire Science Technology, A.S.


Would you like to Pursue advancement to Fire Inspector or Fire Officer?

If you have enjoyed your time as a firefighter and are ready for the next step in your career, the Fire Science Technology A.S. program is for you. This program prepares you for advancement in the fire service. Your completion of the company officer courses leads to Fire Officer Certification or you can complete the inspection courses leading  to Fire Inspector Certification.

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Contact the Advisor

Kevin Granberg
 Coordinator, Fire Science Programs
 850-769-1551 extension 5606

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Who is eligible for the Fire Science Technology, A.S. Program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the Fire Science Technology, A.S. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration datesand plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
See General Education Core Requirement
Mathematics Area 3
See General Education Core Requirement
Natural Sciences Area 3
See General Education Core Requirement
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012 or •SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology 3
  • @POS2041, American National Government or •@AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency
Major Courses
SPC1608, Intro. to Public Speaking 3
3CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications 3
3#FFP1610, Fire Cause and Arson Detection 3
1#FFP2810, Firefighting Strat. and Tactics I 3
3#FFP2700, Fire Department Administration 3
1,2+FFP1505, Fire Prevention Practices 3
1+FFP2720, Company Officer 3
1,2#FFP1540, Fire Protection Systems/Devices 3
1,2#FFP2120, Building Construction 3
1#FFP2111, Fire Chemistry 3
Technical Electives Inspection and/or Tactics Courses 12



Inspection Courses
  • 2# FFP1510, Building and Fire Codes, 3 crs.
  • 2# FFP2521, Blueprint Reading and Plans Exam, 3 crs.
Tactics Courses
  • # FFP1302, Fire Apparatus Operations, 3 crs.
  • # FFP1301, Firestream Hydraulics, 3 crs.
  • 1# FFP2811, Firefighting Strat. and Tactics II, 3 crs.
Technical Electives
  • Any FFP Fire Science Course
  • # EMS1119, Emergency Medical Technician, 5 crs.
  • # EMS1401, Emergency Med. Tech. Lab, 4 crs.
  • # EMS1335, Emergency Vehicle Operator I, 1 cr.
  • 1# FFP2740, Fire Science Instructor Techniques, 3 crs.
  • 3# FFP1741, Fire Service Course Design, 3 crs.
  • 3# FFP2706, Public Information Officer, 3 crs.
  • 3# FFP2770, Ethical & Legal Issues of the Fire Service, 3 crs.
  • 3# FFP2793, Fire & Life Safety Educator I, 3 crs.
  • FFP1140, 1st Responder, 3 crs.

FFMS (with passing SCE), 3 crs.

FFMS refers to State of Florida Firefighter Minimum Standards Training programs.

SCE refers to the state certification examinations.

Other training programs will be evaluated by the designated advisor.

1 = Fire Officer I

2 = Fire Inspector

3 = Fire Officer II

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= Career Certificate course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@ Civic Literacy.

 Fire fighter students

Fire Service Equipment and labs

Our North Bay Campus has all the facilities necessary to develop the additional skills needed for advancement. Talk to the advisor today to see the variety of labs and simulations that will be used during your training at Gulf Coast State College.


Department Chair

Bruce Harber
850.769.1551 ext. 5601