Harper College

Fire Science Technology

Be a first responder

The Harper College fire science technology program is recognized as one of the top fire service-oriented programs in Illinois, led by Professor Sam Giordano, who was recently named one of the top fire instructors in the Midwest.

Firefighting is an extremely dangerous occupation and needs to be taken very seriously. The Harper College Fire Science program focuses on firefighter safety and survival through the use of both classroom and hands-on teaching methods.

This program prepares you for the fire department application process and for positions in industrial safety, fire prevention, insurance investigation, fire investigation, hazardous materials spills and public education.

Current fire service professionals may use Harper credentials for career advancement to the rank of lieutenant, captain, battalion chief or deputy chief. The curriculum is suitable for the seasoned firefighter, as well as individuals wishing to explore the world of firefighting.

Many of the courses articulate with the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and count toward the requirements for instructor I, instructor II, fire officer I, fire officer II, fire apparatus engineer, hazardous materials first responder and technician.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Fire science career options

Learn more about a career in fire science on our Program Highlights page.

Continue your studies

After completing the A.A.S. degree in Fire Science, you can continue your studies and earn a bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management from SIU -- right on Harper's campus. Learn more at the University Center.

Explore Fire Science Technology Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Fire Science Technology degree programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Fire Science Technology Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your career at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Fire Science Technology Program News

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We Are Harper: Samuel Giordano

Samuel Giordano, Fire Science Technology Program Director at Harper College, is motivated by preparing the next generation of Fire Science students for the challenges ahead. Read More

Last Updated: 12/5/23