The Fire Service Leadership program provides additional knowledge and expertise for certified firefighters who are interested in furthering their careers while earning an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The program curriculum addresses many challenging community needs that fire service professionals must be prepared to meet. In addition to being experts in fire behavior and safety, effective leaders in today’s fire service must display decisive internal and external communication, be familiar with laws that govern Fire/EMS, embrace diversity within the department and community, and incorporate changing technologies and skills into their fire department Standard Operating Guidelines.

Firefighters must have at least four years of experience prior to entering the program.

Students are eligible to earn advanced standing credit for industry credentials. Students who earn all possible advanced standing credit can complete the remainder of the degree program by taking online courses.

Students must earn grades of C or better in all FST classes.


Program Chair

William (Bill) Mehbod

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Perform at the level of Fire Officer
  • Perform as a Fire Instructor II
  • Follow proven practices concerning health and safety
  • Serve the public with a professional demeanor.
  • Take the necessary steps to become an Ohio Fire Instructor

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Career Firefighter

Graduate Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of firefighters will grow about 8 percent through 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

$52,500 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • Graduates who complete an optional set of additional classes may continue their education at the University of Cincinnati or Bowling Green State University to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Program does not include co-op or internship


Program Chair

William (Bill) Mehbod


Effective 2022-2023 academic year

Fire Service Leadership (FSTL)

Program Prerequisites: MAT 093 Math Literacy, AFL 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing, or appropriate placement test score, and a minimum of five years of experience as a firefighter prior to beginning the second year curriculum of this program.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FST 123 Principles of Emergency Services ( B) 3 0 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
Semester 2
FST 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion ( T) 2 0 2
FST 129 Fire Prevention ( T) 3 0 3
PHI 110 Ethics ( T) 3 0 3
FST 1XX Fire Service Technology Elective (B) 7 12 11
Semester 3
FST 126 Fire Protection Systems ( T) 2 0 2
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G) 2 2 3
Semester 4
XXX XXX Social Science Elective (G) 3 0 3
FST 223 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival ( T) 2 0 2
COMM 1XX Communications Elective (B) 3 0 3
Semester 5
FST 265 Fire Service Instructor ( T) 2 3 3
FST 161 Fire Officer 1 ( T) 4 0 4
MGT 101 Principles of Management ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 6
FST 228 Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services ( T) 3 0 3
FST 226 Building Construction for Fire Protection ( T) 3 0 3
FST 162 Fire Officer 2 ( T) 4 0 4
Total Credits: 56 17 62


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
Fire Service Technology Elective
FST 131
& FST 132
Firefighter Professional 1
and Firefighter Professional 2
FST 145 Career Firefighter 1 and 2 11
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Mathematics Elective
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics 3
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
Social Science Elective
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology 3
Communications Elective
COMM 105 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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