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.
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
Effective 2023-2024 academic year
Fire Service Leadership (FSTL)
|ENG 101||English Composition 1 ( G)||3||0||3|
|FST 126||Fire Protection Systems ( B)||2||0||2|
|FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)||1||0||1|
|MGT 101||Principles of Management ( B)||3||0||3|
|FST 129||Fire Prevention ( T)||3||0||3|
|FST 1XX Fire Service Technology Elective (B)||3||0||3|
|LDR 100||Introduction to Leadership ( B)||3||0||3|
|MGT 105||Human Resource Management ( T)||3||0||3|
|ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)||3||0||3|
|MAT 1XX Mathematics Elective (G)||2||2||3|
|LDR 120||Inclusive Leadership ( T)||3||0||3|
|NDR 100||Introduction to Conflict Studies ( B)||3||0||3|
|COMM 105||Interpersonal Communication ( G)||3||0||3|
|FST 223||Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival ( T)||2||0||2|
|LDR 225||Leading Teams ( T)||2||2||3|
|XXX XXX Social Science Elective (G)||3||0||3|
|FST 265||Fire Service Instructor ( T)||2||3||3|
|FST 161||Fire Officer 1 ( T)||4||0||4|
|LDR 230||Ethical Leadership ( T)||2||0||2|
|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|
|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 120||Fire Behavior and Combustion||2|
|FST 258||Rapid Assistance and Self-Rescue Operations||2|
|FST 268||Fire Safety Inspector||3|
|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|
|MAT 105||Quantitative Reasoning||3|
|MAT 131||Statistics 1||3|
|Social Science Elective|
|PSY 110||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SOC 105||Introduction to Sociology||3|
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
• 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.