Structural Fire Science

Structural Fire Science

Are you interested in becoming a firefighter? 

If so, now is a good time to enter this expanding career field.  Firefighter jobs pay well and are expected to rise over 6% nationwide in the next ten years. The demand is projected to increase to over 9% in Oregon

Not everyone is cut out for this type of work. 

Firefighters face dangerous and demanding conditions, but if you are an individual who wants to serve and protect your community, KCC can help you get the training and experience you need to excel in this profession. 

At KCC you can earn a one-year certificate, a pathway certificate or a two-year associate degree in emergency response operations (ERO), with an emphasis in structural fire science.

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Program Advisor

Ryan Dickerson

What are the program's entrance requirements?

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Valid Oregon driver license
  • Driving record which meets city requirements
  • Successful completion of background and reference check
  • No felony convictions
  • Certification by a licensed health care professional as able to perform the duties of a firefighter in accordance with NFPA 1582* (*Volunteers who receive a conditional offer are sent to the department's physician for a physical exam. Expenses are paid by the department.)
  • Ability to perform physical firefighting and rescue tasks in adverse conditions
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other firefighters and supervisors
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to keep calm and work effectively under stressful conditions
  • Ability to communicate using portable and/or mobile radio