Program Overview

Albany Technical College offers an Associate Degree in Fire Science for students who want to work in emergency or fire services and want to develop a strong foundation in the technical and theoretical aspects of dealing with fire and hazardous materials. Students will develop professional and leadership skills, ethics, and emergency service procedures.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education, which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include composition and rhetoric, college algebra, introduction to computers, introduction to the fire services, fire administration, supervision, and leadership, firefighting strategy and tactics, fire service instructors, hazardous materials operations, fire prevention and inspection, fire service safety and loss control, fire administration management, fire service hydraulics, fire protection systems, fire service building construction, incident command, and fire and arson investigation.   

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated an understanding of the theories and principles relating to the science of fire safety, and will have demonstrated the educational and professional qualifications for future studies and entry-level roles in the field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to utilize basic interpersonal, group, and public communication skills; to demonstrate the ability to utilize accurate and clearly written technical reports and business communication; to demonstrate the ability to relate basic mathematical models to fire and life safety; to demonstrate basic theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled; to demonstrate understanding of building construction related to fire and life safety, including inspections, pre-incident planning, and emergency operations; to demonstrate understanding of the basic responsibilities of company officers, including supervision, delegation, problem solving, decision-making, communications, and leadership; and to demonstrate the ability to evaluate the laws, rules, regulations, jurisdiction and codes relevant to fire prevention.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Council on Occupational Education

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

    School Overview

    There were 175 students enrolled in Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School when it first opened in 1961. Then a second educational facility, the Albany Area Vocational-Technical School was also established, and by 1972 these two schools merged. Recognizing a further need for adult education programs in the state of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia incorporated the newly merged technical schools, along with adult education programs, to establish the Albany Technical Institute. More importantly, the technical school earned the right to award Associate’s degrees in 2000, thereby adopting a new name, Albany Technical College. Today, the college serves full-time and part-time students, equipping students with degrees and skills for the workplace, supporting basic education programs, and furthering knowledge through workforce trainings and continuing education.

    Students can choose from associate's degree programs, diplomas and certificate programs. Additionally, Albany Technical College supports distance learning, offering online Associate’s degrees, and diploma and technical certificate programs. Albany Technical College also offers the flexibility of more than ten online technical certificate programs. All programs are delivered completely online, and technical certificates take the average student one to three semesters to complete.


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