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Fire and Emergency Services Technology A.A.S.

  • The front of a fire engine

    Fire and Emergency Services Technology A.A.S.

    Start or advance your career by developing the technical skills and knowledge you need to work as a competent and ethical fire science and life safety professional.

Explore the fire and emergency services technology associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’S School of Allied Health uses public education in fire and emergency prevention to foster cultural and behavioral change in fire and emergency services.

Diverse career pathways
Whether you already have experience working in fire and emergency services or you’re exploring all the possibilities of a healthcare career, start with a fire and emergency services technology degree. Offering hands-on training in patient care, UAA’s Associate of Applied Science in fire and emergency services technology is a gateway to many healthcare professions, such as nursing and other allied health careers.

Online classes in fire and emergency services
The majority of coursework for UAA’s fire and emergency services technology associate degree is available online. Online classes provide flexible options to help you earn your degree on your time.

Academic advisors
Stay on track to earn your associate degree by taking advantage of academic advising. Program and faculty advisors review your academic progress and help you choose and schedule courses.

Fire and Emergency Services Technology A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

What can you do with a fire and emergency services technology degree from UAA?

Advanced programs in fire and emergency services
  • B.S. in nursing science
  • B.S. in health sciences, MEDEX/physician’s assistant program
  • Paramedic school
Fire and emergency services technology careers
  • Emergency management directors
  • Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers
  • Fire chiefs and firefighters
  • Fire inspectors and life safety engineers
  • EMTs and paramedics
  • Police officers and detectives
  • Emergency preparedness, response and security coordinators
  • Protective services agents

Fire and emergency services technology associate degree program highlights

Get on-the-job training using advanced technology to prepare for a variety of jobs in fire science, life safety and healthcare.
  • Work with local fire agencies, hospitals and EMS departments in practicum placements. Gain experience working in the field with the Anchorage Fire Department and other fire departments in Southcentral Alaska.
  • Achieve valuable practice hours in patient care and direct service through clinical rotations. Undergraduate students in fire and emergency services technology have worked on site with the Providence Hospital Emergency Room, Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute and Anchorage Fire Department.
  • Train with program faculty who are professionally trained and experienced firefighters and EMTs. In fact, some program faculty are alumni of the UAA fire and emergency services technology program.
  • Use tools and equipment to prepare to work in the field. UAA’s fire and emergency services technology program has its own set of equipment and simulators to provide you with hands-on experience.
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The UAA fire and emergency services program boasts a 91 percent first-time pass rate on the NREMT exam. The national average is 71 percent. Emergency medical technicians provide out-of-hospital, emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients.

An instructor showing a student how to adjust the nozzel of a firehose.

Many fire and emergency services technology courses are taught by practicing professionals dedicated to educating students seeking a career in the healthcare profession.

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Learn more about university, college and program scholarships at the UAA Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships and financial aid

Fire and emergency services technology associate degree program curriculum

The degree program curriculum for fire and emergency services technology at UAA follows standards set by the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Model.

Going above and beyond programs at other fire schools across the country, UAA’s associate degree in fire and emergency services technology explores a wide variety of topics, including:
  • Principles of building construction
  • Safety and survival
  • Protection systems
  • Fire behavior and combustion
  • Math and quantitative reasoning
  • Chemistry and the dynamics of fire

Top classes for fire and emergency services technology majors

  • Explore emergency medicine at local emergency rooms in the entry-level EMT I course.
  • Learn to start IVs and manage airways while visiting local hospital emergency rooms in EMT II.
  • Work with advanced tools and automobiles to learn the basics of Extrication for saving accident victims from car crashes.