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Fire Technology

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 60 credits
Delivery Method: On-Campus


A career as a firefighter can be dynamic and exciting…but the hours can also be long and the work can be physically demanding. Being a firefighter isn’t easy. But just about every firefighter will tell you they wouldn’t have it any other way. And the rewards FAR outweigh the risks. Interested? Enroll in the fire technology and administration AAS degree at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN. You’ll get the skills needed to fight fires, as well as a solid liberal arts education. You’ll graduate ready to be a fire equipment operator or an entry level company officer. Your liberal arts background will serve you well when looking for positions in leadership and management.

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Career Information

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development, and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to gather valuable career information such as wage reports, career outlook, job prospects, industry trends, and career opportunities. These tools are available to help empower students to make informed decisions about their educational and professional paths.

Below you will find the Career Field and Career Cluster that this program is related to. Learn more about if this career area fits your interests!

Is Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security right for you?

Law, public safety, corrections, and security workers are found in a variety of settings. For example, you might guard the public and enforce the law as a police officer or security guard. Or, you might provide fire protection as a firefighter.

Plan Your Education

The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

Program Guide

View approximate total tuition and fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Tuition and Fees

Program Features

Burn Box Facility Provides Challenging Training in Residential and Commercial Fires

At LSC’s Emergency Response Training Center, students and professional firefighters drill on a state of the art burn box training facility. Recycled steel shipping containers have been repurposed into a multi-story burn box structure with doors and windows designed to be used repeatedly for burns.

The newest addition to the burn box includes a three story, 16-unit apartment building and three simulated commercial storefronts. These containers will have rooms, hallways and stairwells to allow for increasingly complex and realistic training scenarios.

This program may be completed in 2 years if prerequisites are complete.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Conduct building inspections
  • Use the Incident Command System
  • Function as an Emergency Medical Technician
  • Mitigate hazardous materials releases and emergencies
  • High level/high angle, confined spaces and water-related rescues
  • Advanced skills in fire prevention and firefighting
  • Fire department operations and management of fire services

“It was my dream and goal to work for the Duluth Fire Department. I knew it was competitive but I went for it. If you have a goal for anything in life, give it everything you’ve got and never give up.”

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Davan ScottAlum, Firefighting AAS
“LSC’s fire tech program did a great job in preparing me for the firefighting field. I felt confident in my ability to contribute to the crew from day one.”

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Fire Technology Alum
Lindzi CampbellAlum, Fire Technology AS

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