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This program is part of the Fire Science/EMT Department.


Your dream of becoming a firefighter begins at MCC. In the Firefighter program, we’ll teach you all the skills and knowledge you need to land your first job at a firehouse.

During your training in the Firefighter program, you’ll learn about the science of firefighting and fire prevention and about the safety and hazards associated with fires. You’ll study the behavior, compartmentalization, suppression, and investigation of fire and its related emergencies, and much more.

The Firefighter program provides the opportunity for non-sponsored students to acquire a Certificate of Completion in Fire Operations in a college-based Fire Academy. Firefighters must be either a certified paramedic or EMT to work in Arizona.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Firefighter program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Driver Operator
Certificate of Completion CCL Emergency Management
Certificate of Completion CCL Fire Officer Leadership
Certificate of Completion CCL Fire Science
Certificate of Completion CCL Firefighter Operations


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Firefighter program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Emergency Response and Operations Track II Paramedicine
Associate in Applied Science AAS Emergency Response and Operations Track III Emergency Management
Associate in Applied Science AAS Emergency Response and Operations - Track III: Emergency Management

Career Opportunities

The Firefighter program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Emergency Management Directors $71,760
Firefighters $45,840
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers $66,670
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Firefighter program is available through the Fire Science/EMT department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.