Fire Science Technology
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 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.
Transfer to a bachelor's program
Harper offers transfer guides to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.
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For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.