Firefighter technician student by firetruck

Fire Science

Begin a rewarding career of saving lives and promoting safety by becoming a firefighter! Gateway’s Fire Science technical diploma equips you with training required by local career fire departments. You’ll learn by doing at Gateway’s HERO Center, training hands-on through workshops, simulations and courses and using cutting-edge equipment. Upon graduation, you’ll be well-prepared to start your fire service career.

  • Learn by participating in hands-on training in our HERO Center that covers health and wellness principles, building construction, fire behavior, fire certification courses and more.
  • Network and gain professional experience by joining the Fire Student Organization. Participate in fundraisers, visit fire museums, and attend state and national conferences and seminars.
  • Prove your capability to future employers by practicing the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certification as part of the program.
  • Embark on an exciting career in the fire service industry. Become a career or volunteer firefighter, or work in fire prevention, code enforcement, installation, inspection and more.
  • Continue your education and apply your technical diploma credits toward a Paramedic Technician associate degree.
Program Credits



HERO Center

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $4,626
Books & Supplies: $1,741

Start Dates

Fall, Spring

Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Firefighter (including Volunteer), Firefighter/EMT

Fire Science Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.