Fire Service Technology (FST)


The Fire Service Technology program at Cincinnati State prepares students for entry-level jobs in fire service as a firefighter/emergency medical technician (EMT).

This program meets National Fire Protection Association standards and objectives for Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2, using a combination of classroom education and hands-on training. Performance testing builds student confidence and enables mastery of the skills that are critical to good performance on the fireground and during emergency medical services incidents.

Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

For hands-on fire training class eligibility, students must:
  • Successfully perform and complete the Fire Cadet Fitness Evaluation.
  • Complete the State Application for Admission to a Fire Training Course. This application screens for age, criminal convictions, and substance abuse that may disqualify students from state certification. Documentation must be provided on questionable cases.
  • Have the Physical Exam Form (for firefighters) completed by a qualified physician.
  • Obtain a current CPR card for healthcare providers.
  • Complete Emergency Medical Technician Basic Training.
  • Present copies of previous certifications held pertaining to firefighting and emergency medical services.
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.

Program Code



The program is accredited by The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Department of Emergency Medical Services, P.O. Box 182073, 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43218-2073. Phone: (614) 466-9447.


Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Pass the Ohio Firefighter II State Exam
  • Perform at the level of a Career Ohio Firefighter II
  • Perform at the level of a Nationally Registered/Ohio Emergency Medical Technician
  • Further their education to earn a bachelor’s degree

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Career Ohio Certified Firefighter II
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$28,000 – $33,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

Many graduates of the FST program secure employment at their internship site. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment for firefighters will increase by about 9 percent through 2020, and employment of EMTs will increase by more than 40 percent through 2020.

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.

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Alexandria Fire District (KY)
  • Blue Ash Fire Department (OH)
  • Central Campbell Fire Department (KY)
  • Colerain Township Fire Department (OH)
  • Deerfield Township Fire Rescue Department (OH)
  • Delhi Township Fire Department (OH)
  • Elsmere Fire Department (KY)
  • Evendale Fire Department (OH)
  • Fairfield Fire Department (OH)
  • Forest Park Fire Department (OH)
  • Ft. Thomas Fire Department (KY)
  • Ft. Wright Fire Department (KY)
  • Green Township Fire & EMS (OH)
  • Hebron Fire Protection District (KY)
  • Independence Fire District (KY)
  • Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue (OH)
  • Norwood Fire Department (OH)
  • City of Springdale Fire Department (OH)
  • Sycamore Township Fire Department (OH)
  • Whitewater Township Fire Department (OH)

Co-op Salary Projections

Unpaid Internship


Effective 2017-2018 academic year

Fire Service Technology (FST)

Program Prerequisite: AFM 092 Introductory Algebra or appropriate placement test score.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
FST 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion ( T) 2 0 2
FST 123 Principles of Emergency Services ( T) 3 0 3
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics 2 2 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
Semester 2      
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues ( G) 3 0 3
FST 105 Firefighter Physical Preparedness ( B) 1 2 2
FST 131 Firefighter Professional 1 ( T) 4 6 6
XXX XXX Social Sciences Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 3      
COMM 110 Public Speaking ( G) 3 0 3
FST 129 Fire Prevention 3 0 3
FST 132 Firefighter Professional 2 ( T) 3 6 5
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective (G)   3 0 3
Semester 4      
EMS 110 Emergency Medical Technician Theory and Practice ( T) 5 4 7
FST 126 Fire Protection Systems 2 0 2
FST 294 Internship 1: Fire Service Technology 1 40 2
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
FST 228 Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services 3 0 3
Technical Elective (T)   3 0 3
Total Credits:   53 60 62


First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
Social Sciences 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 3
Technical Elective  
EMS 120 Paramedic Anatomy and Physiology 3
PST 100 Introduction to Emergency Management 3
PST 110 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
PST 140 Public Safety Telecommunicator 3
THZ 105 OSHA 40-Hour HAZMAT (HAZWOPER) Workshop (T) 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


Phil Vossmeyer
(513) 569-1415