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The Fire Science Technology program is designed to provide academic education and training to develop competent Fire Fighters in fire protection, prevention and administration. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take national certification exams in Fire Fighter I and II and Hazardous Material Operations.
Students will complete a core of courses designed to ensure they possess the base knowledge necessary in Fire Science Technology. Satisfactory completion of prescribed 54 semester credit hours will lead to a Diploma. An additional 15 semester credit hours of the general education requirements will result in an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Program Fee: Fire Science Technology Students will be required to rent some training materials. A $500.00 fee will be charged to students for these rentals. Students must come to class with the following: Structure Firefighting boots, Structure Firefighting gloves and Structure Protective hood.
- Have knowledge of hazards and related safety practices associated with fire science technology.
- Perform tasks related to fire protection, prevention, and administration.
- Demonstrate an understanding of personal and work characteristics that contribute to effective job performance.
- Use effective communication skills appropriate to the fire science industry.
- Apply the theory of fire science to specific jobs using critical thinking/reasoning skills and the ability to work independently.
- Use mathematical data and reasoning skills in relation to fire science technology.
- Prepare for certification/licensing.
Employment opportunities include city, town, and rural salaried fire departments, government agencies, construction firms, insurance companies, and hazardous materials handling. While not a salaried position, many communities depend on volunteer firefighters solely or in coordination with the salaried fire department personnel.
Specialized Fire Training
The Fire Science Technology department at MPCC offers a wide variety of Specialized Fire Training classes suited to the needs of your community. Offering on-site and customized classes to train you, our goal is to bring these specialized training classes to your location. We want to be your resource for training programs, training schedules, department assessments and general fire information that you are looking for. From classes in new firefighter NFPA 1001 (Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II), officer/command training to Grain Bin Rescue training, MPCC's Specialized Fire Training has the training for your fire department. Contact us today to find out more!
Meet Tim Zehnder, Director of Fire Science
Tim Zehnder began his career in fire service in January of 1990, when he became a member of the Truman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. He got his EMT and NFPA 1001 training the same year. He attended Lake Superior College, where he worked on his Fire Science Degree.
In 1994, Tim went to work for the U.S. Forest service at the Payette National Forest in Idaho as an Engine Forman, a position he held for two years. After moving back to Minnesota he continued his career with Truman, holding every position from firefighter to Chief.
He was a Minnesota State Fire Instructor for 18 years, and for seven year served as the Fire & Rescue training program manager at a state training college. He retired from the Truman Fire & Ambulance service in April with 21½ years of service.
Tim accepted the position of Director of Fire Science at Mid Plains Community College’s McCook campus and started March 11, 2013. He presents programs on firefighter survival and safety, RIT, Rural Tactics, Grain Bin Rescue and a number of other topics.
Tim is married and has three daughters. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, softball, hunting and fishing.
For more information about the Fire Science Program please contact:
Director of Fire Science