Why choose NPC?
The NPC Fire Science program offers a dual approach for training in the firefighting field with foundational instruction for the new recruit and professional programs for current firefighters seeking job promotions. Highly qualified and experienced instructors guide you to success in learning the specialized knowledge required of firefighters. NPC's program has been awarded Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition, meaning students are certified by the National Fire Academy. (For a full list of class descriptions, visit the NPC course finder and enter "fire science".)
Training for individuals wanting to enter the fire fighting field takes place at the Jake Flake Emergency Services Training Center in Taylor. The center features a burn tower, flash chamber, ventilation training trailer and 10-acre defensive driving track where live-training classes are conducted in a "fire academy" setting. Uniformed students train in teamwork, discipline and physical fitness.
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The NPC Fire Science program also offers advanced classes to professionals currently serving in area fire departments. These courses, based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, satisfy the Northeast Arizona Fire Chiefs Association Task Book training requirements for promotion eligibility.
Why Study Fire Science
Firefighting offers you a challenging career where you may face difficult and dangerous situations. Yet it is a job where you perform an essential community service while earning a rewarding salary and, generally, employee benefits that may include a pension package.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the fire services area is expected to grow faster than the national average, but applicants will face stiff competition to be hired. In May, 2015, the median annual firefighter salary in North Arizona nonmetropolitan area was $34,600 with substantial pay increases accompanying advanced training and promotion. (SOC 33.2011)
In addition to those courses geared toward leadership and promotional training, NPC offers three levels of educational certification for fire science students:
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) –
64 credit hours
- Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) –
34 credit hours
- Certificate of Proficiency (CP) –
Three areas of specialization:
Firefighter - 18 credits
Driver/Operator – 24 credits (includes Firefighter CP)
Leadership – 24 credits (includes Firefighter CP)
For specific information about the Fire Science program visit with an NPC academic adviser or contact the program coordinator, at (800) 266-7845, ext. 6265.
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).