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Fire Service Leadership (FSTL)


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

The scope of fire service encompasses many challenging community needs. Fire service professionals must be prepared to respond to and meet these needs. Effective leaders in today’s fire service incorporate changing technologies and skills into their fire department Standard Operating Guidelines. Effective leaders also must be experts in fire behavior and safety, display decisive internal and external communication, be familiar with laws that govern Fire/EMS, and embrace diversity within the department and community.

Firefighters must have at least five years of experience prior to beginning the second year curriculum of the Fire Service Leadership 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.

Applicants must present copies of previous certifications pertaining to fire fighting and emergency medical services.

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Employment Options

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

  • Ohio Certified Fire Fighter
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Instructor

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$45,250 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

Demand for firefighters exists throughout the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, firefighters with post-secondary firefighter education and paramedic training should have the best prospects.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Graduates who complete an optional set of additional classes may continue their education with seamless transition to the University of Cincinnati to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Co-op Salary Projections

Unpaid Internship


Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Program Prerequisites: MAT 093 Math Literacy, ENG 085 Applications of College Reading and Writing, or appropriate placement test scores, and a minimum of five years of experience as a firefighter.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FST 123 Principles of Emergency Services ( T) 3 0 3
FST 161 Fire Officer 1 ( T) 4 0 4
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 1XX Firefighter Elective (B)   7 12 11
Semester 3      
FST 129 Fire Prevention ( T) 3 0 3
FST 126 Fire Protection Systems ( T) 2 0 2
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics ( G) 2 2 3
Semester 4      
FST 228 Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services ( T) 3 0 3
FST 162 Fire Officer 2 ( T) 4 0 4
SPN 100 Spanish for the Professions ( T) 2 0 2
XXX XXX Social Science Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 5      
FST 223 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival ( T) 2 0 2
FST 226 Building Construction for Fire Protection ( T) 3 0 3
COMM 110 Public Speaking ( B) 3 0 3
FST 265 Fire Service Instructor ( T) 2 3 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)   3 0 3
Total Credits:   55 17 61


First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
Firefighter Elective  
FST 141
  & FST 142
Firefighter 1
   and Firefighter 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
Social Science Elective  
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology 3
Arts/Humanities Elective  
CULT 105 Issues in Human Diversity 3
PHI 110 Ethics  

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


Program Chair
Shawn Stacey, MS
(513) 569-4682
Phil Vossmeyer, AAS, FF2, F1
(513) 569-1415
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