The Fire Science Program at Crowder College-Webb City prepares the student to enter an exciting career as a firefighter. All courses are taught by experienced firefighters and offer the opportunity for current firefighters to upgrade job skills or prepare themselves as supervisors and leaders in their own departments. It also prepares students who wish to begin a career in firefighting.
The Fire Science Program offers two tracks of study, a complete two year associates degree and a shorter 31 credit hour certificate.
Employment and Salary Information
The requirements to apply for entry-level fire fighting positions vary through out the region, state and country. In Southwest Missouri the minimum requirements identified by most fire departments include passing a writing and physical test, obtaining Emergency Medical Technician training and Firefighter 1 and 2. Firefighter 1 and 2 is available at MSSU and a couple of local Fire Departments in the area – after completing both courses, a student must take a state certification exam. A passing score of Firefighter 1 & 2 is worth six credit hours at Crowder College and counts toward graduation in the program.
According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, employment of firefighters is expected to increase through 2012. The fire fighting profession is ranked as one of the fastest growing jobs in Missouri with a 34% increase in new job growth. It is also rated as a “Grade A Career” for best job outlook due to the above average salaries, growth and openings. For wages in various areas please visit Missouri Economic Resource and Information Center.
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