Wildland Fire Science

Wildland Fire Science

Depending on the conditions, a wildland fire can sustain a forest ecosystem or destroy it. Protecting the future of America’s forests and rangelands will require trained professionals in wildland fire science who can control a raging wildfire, or apply fire as a tool for natural resource benefits. 

KCC offers the training to do both. 

Students have the option to pursue one-year certificates and pathway certificates, as well as a full associate’s degree with an emphasis in wildland fire science, which qualifies graduates to work as a wildland firefighter anywhere in the United States.  

Want to go further? 

Once you complete your associate’s degree from KCC you can transfer to a university to obtain additional degrees in fire science or fire ecology. 
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Program Advisor

Wildland Fire Science Advisor
Ryan Dickerson

Program 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