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Fire Science

Fire Science

The Fire Science Program prepares individuals with the academic knowledge for entry employment in the Fire Service field as well as meeting the needs of in-service professionals.


Upon completion of this program, students will have the knowledge to prepare for a career with federal, state, and local fire and emergency service agencies, with an emphasis on Structural Fire Fighting,Wildland Fire Suppression,Hazardous Materials Incidents, Fire Prevention and Investigation, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Management and Administration, and the Incident Command System.


After earning the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree, students have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from an accredited university through distance learning. See program faculty for a list of courses that will transfer.


Health and physical requirements vary with different employers in the Fire Service field, so prospective students should seek advice before enrolling.

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Upon successful completion, students are prepared to: 

  • Meet the minimum academic training requirements of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (Fire Fighter I).
  • Perform as fully qualified wildland firefighters (FFT2) in accordance with National Wildfire Coordinating Group PMS 310-1 standards.
  • Utilize the Incident Command System to manage a wide variety of planned and un-planned incidents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of modern fire service strategies, tactics, and management for both structural and wildland fire incidents.
  • Meet the requirements for National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents for the Awareness and Operational Levels.
  • Apply the principles of interpersonal communication, cooperative teamwork, supervision, and management for leadership in the fire service.
  • Apply the theoretical principles of the chemistry of fire and hydraulics to solve water supply problems.
  • Take the National Registry Examination for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Hawai‘i CC are an integral part of the local community and reflect its day-to-day life. Close cooperation among the faculty, employers, and employees in the community is maintained. One of the most effective formal means of providing for this type of cooperation is the Program Advisory Council. These groups advise their respective programs of training needs and new developments in the field. Councils include employers, alumni, and others knowledgeable about the field.

Fire Science Program Advisory Council:

  • Nani Barretto, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO)
  • Greg Funderburk, Pacific Island Fire Management Officer, National Park Service
  • Eric Johnson, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Talmadge Magno, Director, Hawaii County Civil Defense
  • Max R.Matias, Jr., Fire Chief, KOAARFF Commander
  • Darwin Okinaka, Assistant Fire Chief, Hawai‘i Fire Department
  • Elizabeth Pickett, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO)
  • Kazuo Todd, Fire Chief, Hawai‘i Fire Department
  • Clay Trauernicht, UH Mānoa
  • Don Yokoyama, Protector Forester, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, State of Hawai‘i

CTE Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Hawai‘i does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, or disability. For inquiries regarding our nondiscrimination policies, please contact your campus designee noted in the link below.

UHCC applies an open access policy, with program admission based upon the completion of applicable course/testing prerequisites. The lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs.

Please read about the entire nondiscrimination policy, presented in 14 primary languages.