Online Firefighting Classes and Schools

You can study to become a firefighter online. If you are already a firefighter, you can also fulfill continuing education requirements online. Read on for more information on this flexible training option. Schools offering Fire Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

As a future firefighter, possible majors for you include fire science, fire and safety engineering technology, or occupational safety and health with a concentration in fire science. As a student, you'll learn about the causes of fires, tactical operations and the dangers of hazardous materials. You'll also learn how to control and prevent fires, use a fire extinguisher, clear a building of smoke and investigate cases of arson. Depending on your ambitions, you might pursue a certificate, an associate degree, bachelor's or a master's degree.

If you are seeking continuing education credits, you can always take online courses through the National Fire Academy (NFA). These courses are free, and you can study at your own pace.

Classes Industrial hazards, fire prevention, fire protection, building codes, fire combustion and dynamics, firefighting strategy and tactics, fire behavior, code inspection
Degrees Associate's, bachelor's, master's; certificates are also available
Online Options Online orientation course; course materials available online; participation in a resident program could be required

How Do Online Courses Work?

If you're new to online learning, you'll most likely be required to enroll in an online orientation course. This course will show you how online learning works, what tools you'll use to access your coursework, what's expected of you as an online student and how to succeed in an online learning environment.

For some programs, most of your course materials will be available online, either in a course management system or in a downloadable format, such as PDF. Your instructors may also require you to purchase additional materials, such as textbooks and NFA study guides.

Through your program, you'll likely be covering some of the following topics:

  • Fire and safety engineering
  • Fire prevention
  • Risk management
  • Code inspection
  • Firefighting tactics

What About a Resident Program?

Depending on the program, participation in a resident program may be required. In the resident program, you'll get the chance to network, meet faculty and collaborate with other students on group projects. If you choose to enroll in a bachelor's program, you'll need to meet lower division and general education course as well as studying fire science. If you already have an associate's degree, you will probably be able to transfer credits to meet most of these requirements.

How Do I Select a School?

If you're interested in working in a particular area of firefighting, look for programs that offer concentrations. Concentration areas can include fire administration, fire protection engineering, fire prevention and technology, fire service management and fire investigation.

If you want to become certified, look for programs that give you the chance to earn one or more certifications from the NFA or other industry organizations. You might also want to look for programs approved by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals that help you earn designations such as Associate Safety Professional or Certified Safety Professional. If you're already certified, you can look for programs that let you apply credits towards your degree for certifications you've earned through State Fire Marshal training and education programs and the NFA.

These schools offer opportunities to study firefighting through distance learning training, certificates and degree programs:

  • Purdue Global
  • Columbia Southern University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • University of North Carolina
  • Waldorf University
  • University of Illinois

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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