Fire Science


About the Program:

Fire Science I & II

This course will prepare students to begin a career as a firefighter.  Topics covered will include fire protection characteristics, fire behavior, the chemistry of fire, extinguishing agents, water supply, in-depth fire streams, auto extrication, and fire theory.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have received training for certification as a Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, and National Incident Management System (NIMS 100, 200, & 700).  This course is both physically and mentally demanding.  Students will participate in active physical training.  Successful completion of all required courses allows the student to test as a firefighter through the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.  A class uniform will be required.  Fire Science is a two-year program with the second year being the EMT-B course.

Admission Requirements:

  • Contact the High School Guidance Counselor or the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center.

  • Completed application.

  • Must be 17 years of age at the time of certificate exams FF1 and FF2.

  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of the certificate exam EMT.

  • Complete the Health History form and Immunization records (supplied by the school).

  • Names of two current teachers for recommendations and one employer.

  • Schedule and complete oral interviews with the EMS/Fire Science Program Director and Advisory Members.

  • Final acceptance is contingent on a Criminal Background check.

  • Good attendance record; good reading, writing, & math skills.

How to Apply:

High School Students:

-Contact your school's guidance counselor

-Prerequisites may apply

Class Schedule:

August-May (Following the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Calendar)


The morning block schedule is from 8:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

For more information, call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our advisors.

Check out our program video!