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Fire and Emergency Services

The Fire and Emergency Services program is designed to prepare graduates for entry into the challenging and competitive field of fire and emergency services. The program concentrates on industry recognized certifications and the U.S. Fire Administration’s Federal Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Curriculum, while also providing the student with a well-rounded general education and 4-year degree transfer opportunities. Successful students will be well-trained and qualified to enter and advance in careers with fire and emergency services agencies across Montana and around the country. The program includes options for a 1-year Certificate of Applied Science (C.A.S.) and a 2-year Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Fire and Emergency Services. All of the courses included in the 1-year Certificate of Applied Science is fully transferable to the 2-year A.S. degree. A student that has earned the C.A.S. in Fire and Emergency Services can continue directly into the second year of the A.S. in Fire and Emergency Services degree program.

Upon successful completion C.A.S. or A.S. program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a positive work ethic, flexibility, teamwork, physical fitness, safety consciousness, and sensitivity to diversity. 
  • Demonstrate basic fire fighter skills in the areas of structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency response.
  • Effectively communicate and interact in the workplace as well as in the community.
  • Be able to function at the NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I Level

 In addition, students successfully completing the A.S. program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of fire protection systems, fire prevention, and technical rescue techniques.
  • Be able to function at the NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Level

Official acceptance into the Fire and Emergency Services program is contingent upon the student successfully completing two physical requirements:

  • A medical exam performed by the student’s family physician or medical practitioner.
  • A physical agility test designed to evaluate the ability of the student to complete coursework that includes NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Job Performance Requirements.
Licensure as an EMT is required for many Fire & Emergency Services career opportunities. ECP 130 Emergency Medical Technician is a strongly recommended elective for the Fire & Emergency Services program students that do not have an EMT license.

Residency Programs and Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to our main campus program in Helena, Montana, Helena College has partnered with fire departments in Livingston and Frenchtown, Montana to offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science in Fire and Emergency Services while living and working in a fire station as a resident volunteer. Courses are delivered at the fire department with occasional lab experiences conducted at Helena College in Helena, Montana.

Benefits of the Residency Program can include:

  • Room and board
  • Potential for full or partial scholarships
  • Additional training opportunities
  • Experience and skill refinement staffing working fire stations and responding to emergency incidents

Please note that the admissions processes for residency programs are separate and independent from Helena College and that admission into Helena College does not guarantee acceptance into residency programs.

Contact Us
Lyn Stimpson, Fire & Emergency Services Instructor
Phone: (406) 447-6982
Email: lyn.stimpson@helenacollege.edu 

Fire & Emergency Services C.A.S.

First Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE101 Principles of Fire & Emergency Services I
FIRE102 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services II
M105 or M121 Contemporary Math or College Algebra
BIOH104 (BIO201 Option) Basic Human Biology with lab (Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab)
FIRE298 Fire Service Internship
Second Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE110 Hazardous Materials Operations
FIRE106 Wildland Fire Fighting
FIRE135 Fire Apparatus Operator
COMX115 Interpersonal Communications
WRIT101 College Writing I
FIRE298 Fire Service Internship

Fire & Emergency Services A.S.

First Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE101 Principles of Fire & Emergency Services I
FIRE102 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services II
MATH121 College Algebra
BIOH201 (BIOH104 Option) Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (Basic Human Biology with lab)
FIRE298 Fire Service Internship
Second Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE110 Hazardous Materials Operations
FIRE106 Wildland Fire Fighting
FIRE135 Fire Apparatus Operations
COMX115 Interpersonal Communications
WRIT101 College Writing I
FIRE298 Fire Service Internship (optional)
Third Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE261 Building Construction for Fire Protection
FIRE270 Fire Prevention
BIOH211 (BIOH201 Option)  Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab)
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology
NASX105 Introduction to Native American Studies
SPNS101 Elementary Spanish I
FIRE298 Fire Service Internship
Fourth Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE201 Fire Fighter II
FIRE234 Fire Protection Systems
PSYX240 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology
SPNS102 Elementary Spanish II
FIRE288 Capstone
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