Fire and Rescue

Students in this program will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire and Rescue. The program will provide applied entry-level career training for fire fighters and will enhance on-going training for current protective services professionals in Montana and the western states.

Fire and Rescue courses concentrate on training in fire behavior, extinguishing agents, apparatus, tactics, rescue, and safety. Students will experience live fire situations in training mock-ups and will be able to enter careers in community-based fire departments, industrial fire brigades, airport fire brigades, and wildland fire agencies.

Students taking math, writing, and career development on the UM-Missoula College of Technology campus will take the equivalent courses of PSYX161 Fundamentals of Organizational Psychology (3 credits) or PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits); WRIT121 Introduction to Technical Writing (3 credits); and M111T Technical Mathematics (3 credits).

Students are required to pass a physical exam performed by the student’s physician (the physical form is available through Admissions and Records) and the physical agility test. Students must successfully complete the following physical agility test, within a one and one-half hours’ time frame, before being allowed to register for Fire and Rescue classes. The required physical agility test will be offered at fall orientation programs. Fire and Rescue applicants will be notified of specific testing and orientation dates.

The physical agility test includes:

  • One-mile-run under 10 minutes
  • Fifty sit-ups under two minutes
  • Twenty-five push-ups under two minutes
  • Lift and drag a 175-pound mannequin 50 feet
  • Climb a 24 foot ladder

These meet minimum standards as set forth under the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association Standards 1500, 1582, and 1901.

Additional Costs:

  • Student Uniform - Approximately $150
  • Personal Protective Equipment - Approximately $250
  • Turnout Rental - $210 per academic year; includes bunker pants, coat, and helmet
  • Criminal Background Check - Approximately $50
  • Gym Membership - Approximately $200 annually

Requirements for ECP130 Emergency Medical Technician: 

  • Students are required to have their own blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.
  • Students are required to have the Hepatitis B vaccine and current (within six months) test for tuberculosis.

Gainful Employment

Fire and Rescue
Associate of Applied Technology

Career Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of firefighters is expected to grow 9 percent, slower than the average for all occupations.

Continued population growth will increase the number of emergency calls requiring firefighter responses. The majority of situations that firefighters respond to are medical—rather than fire—emergencies, and the aging of the population will lead to an increased demand for emergency responders.

In addition, jobs will be created as volunteer firefighters are converted to paid positions in areas where population growth creates the need for a full-time workforce. An increase in urban populations, where full-time firefighters are more common, also is expected to increase the demand for firefighters.
Prospective firefighters will face tough competition for positions. Many people are attracted to the job’s challenge, opportunity for public service, relatively low formal educational requirements, and pensions that are usually guaranteed after 25 years of service. As a result, a department often receives hundreds or thousands of applicants for a single position. Physically-fit applicants with high test scores, some post-secondary firefighter education, and paramedic training have the best prospects.

Employment Opportunities with SOC Code:
Firefighter  33-2011.00
Municipal Firefighter  33.2011.01
Forest Firefighter  33.2011.02
Emergency Medical Technician  29-2041.00
Fire Inspector  33.2021.01
Fire Investigator  33.2021.02
Security and Fire Alarm Installer  49.2098.00

Salary Forecast: MT CO
Firefighter 33-2011.00 41,520 53,900
Municipal Firefighter 33.2011.01 41,520 53,900
Forest Firefighter 33.2011.02 41,520 53,900
Emergency Medical Technician 29-2041.00 27,100 41,000
Fire Inspector 33.2021.01 48,500 66,130
Fire Investigator 33.2021.02 71,470 66,130
Security and Fire Alarm Installer 49.2098.00 39,280 44,980

For the most current salary information please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook found at

Program Cost:
Approximately $8,624

Fire and Rescue

Length of Program: 4 Semesters
Type of Program: Associate of Applied Science
Semester of Entry: FallSpecial Requirements: Successfully Passing Physical Exam, Agility Test, and Criminal Background Check
NOTE: In order to take the first semester of Fire and Rescue courses, students must prove their skills in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Writing with the following:
Placement into READ070 or higher
Placement into WRIT121 or higher
Placement into WRIT121 or higher
Placement into M111T or higher

For more information, please contact the Student Support Center


Fall Semester

ECP130 Emergency Medical Technician 5
FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Service 3
FIRE102 Fire Service II 3
FIRE103 Fire Fighter Safety 3
FIRE107 Personal Physical Fitness I 1
M111T Technical Mathematics 3
Total Semester Credits 18

Spring Semester

FIRE106 Wildland Fire Fighting 3
FIRE108 Personal Physical Fitness II 1
FIRE110 Hazardous Materials 3
FIRE120 Emergency Services Customer Service 2
FIRE121 Incident Command 1
FIRE125 Emergency Equipment Maintenance 2
FIRE130 Fire Apparatus Operation 3
FIRE140 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategies 3
Total Semester Credits 18


Fall Semester

FIRE202 Instructional Methodologies 2
FIRE234 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIRE241 Fire Inspection 3
FIRE242 Rescue 3
FIRE260 Fire Investigation 3
FIRE261 Building Construction 1
WRIT121T Introduction to Technical Writing 3
Total Semester Credits 18

Spring Semester

FIRE210 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Basic Training (ARFF) 2
FIRE215 Fire Streams 2
FIRE225 Fire Officer 2
FIRE232 Basic Wildland Supervision 2
FIRE250 Fire Ground Operations 2
FIRE270 Fire Prevention 3
*FIRE288 Capstone 2
Choose one of the following: 2/3
     HR110T Human Relations 
     PSYX161  Fundamentals of Organizational Psychology
Total Semester Credits 17/18

*NOTE: FIRE289 - Fire Service Internship may be substituted for FIRE288 - Capstone. Must meet acceptance requirements.