Fire Science

Fire Science

The Fire Science program prepares you for an entry-level firefighting career and provides the foundation for a future in fire service management. You will gain knowledge and understanding of building construction, management, and fire behaviors and hazards. Gain hands-on training in:

  • fire suppression
  • fire protection
  • fire prevention
  • investigation and inspection
  • safety techniques
  • emergency medical response

This program follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum by the U.S. Fire Administration. Designed in cooperation with local fire department officials, the program provides education paths for individuals seeking a fire services career and for practicing firefighters to advance their careers. Credit may be awarded toward the degree for existing certifications and verified industry training.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

  • Fire Training Facility: Practice firefighting techniques at a state-of-the-art, live fire training facility using tools and equipment used in the industry.


Students who successfully complete the FIR-139 Fire Fighter I course will be eligible to take the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter I certification through the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau.

Program Contacts

Administrative Secretary

Amy Rieck
Health Education and Services Center 222
319-296-4051 (fax)
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Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Marla Williams
Health Education and Services Center 223
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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