Degrees Courses

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Fire Science provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to function as an entry-level firefighter. EMT training is included as an essential component of the curriculum. The program is designed on a two-year rotational basis, with each new group of students beginning the program on even numbered years. Fire Science courses are taught through a combination of lecture and cooperative training. Many students volunteer with local fire departments to gain more hands-on practice of their skills. WWCC works closely with local fire departments, the EMS system, and the state association in order to offer a quality program, and curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of these local, state and regional industry members.


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Program Outcomes

  • Support Fire Service Agencies in providing quality service to their communities through training and education.
  • Ensure that all Walla Walla Community College Fire Science education courses reflect current industry standards.
  • Promote a culture of health, safety, and welfare for all Fire Service personnel and the public they serve. Ensure "everyone goes home" as our overriding philosophy of fire training and education.
  • Promote collaboration and sharing of training resources between agencies on a local and regional basis to more efficiently deliver fire training and education.
  • Design curriculum which promotes articulation between degree levels and educational institutions.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Fire Science upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Fire Science Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program. The first year prepares the student to take the Washington State Firefighter 1 Certificate Examination.


WWCC is a member of the Washington State Fire Service Education Association and offers courses approved by this organization.