Fire Science


This one-year program is an overview of the fundamentals in the firefighting profession. Students will learn firefighting tactics, search and rescue procedures, and perform simulated firefighting training exercises.

In addition, Dual enrollment is available for eligible high school students. They can earn college credit through the program and transfer these credits to a community college or university, towards a specific degree.

After completion, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the Wildland Firefighter Certification and the Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Moreover, West-MEC offers most industry credential tests at no additional cost. Through the Fire Science training received in the program, students are provided a pathway to economic independence.


Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: Firefighter, wild-land firefighter, member industry fire brigade

Fire Science entry-level salary: $14.98 – $21.75 per hour**

*with additional education in this pathway | **Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages

This program is in partnership with Glendale Community College.

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Glendale Community College (GCC)

6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

Glendale Community College

West-MEC Career Training Fire Science Program student and instructor

West-MEC Career Training Fire Science Program students

West-MEC Career Training Fire Science students in protective gear