Fire Science

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Degrees, Certificates, Online
Department: Protective Services
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC


What is the program?

San Antonio College's (SAC) Fire Science program is designed to prepare the individual for a career in fire service and provide the opportunity for professional firefighters to achieve an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree for career advancement.

The program offers two Associate of Applied Science A.A.S. degree tracts as well as a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) approved basic structural firefighter academy.

  • Fire Science/Fire Fighting with an Emphasis in Homeland Security, A.A.S. ♦︎
    • The Fire Science / Fire Fighting with an Emphasis in Homeland Security program reflects the assessed needs of the community for careers in the fire service and the need for trained professionals in disaster preparedness.
    • Certified firefighters can receive college credit for TFFP, IFSAC, or ProBoard Fire Inspector certification
    • 100% online
  • Fire Service Leadership, A.A.S. ♦︎ 
    • The Fire Service Leadership Program reflects the assessed needs of the community for careers in the fire service and in fire service management.
    • Certified firefighters can receive college credit for TFFP, IFSAC, or ProBoard Fire Inspector, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Instructor I & II. Incident Safety Officer, and Haz-Mat Incident commander certifications.
    • 100% online
  • Firefighter / Basic, Level I Certificate
    • The SAC Regional Fire Academy (RFA) is part of the TCFP firefighter certification process. Prior to being appointed to fire suppression duties, personnel must complete a Commission-approved basic structure fire suppression program and successfully complete a Commission recognized emergency medical course.
    • Required to get your Texas firefighter certification
    • For more information click HERE

♦ This symbol indicates the offering is also available fully online.

 What's special about program?

  • Instructors in this program are seasoned veterans in the fire service with many years of cumulative teaching and operational experience.
  • Both A.A.S. Degrees are Modeled on the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) national curriculum in Fire Science.
  • Tuition Exemption for Firefighters Enrolled in Fire Science courses
    • This program provides an exemption from tuition and laboratory fees to eligible persons employed as firefighters by a political subdivision of this state or who are active members of an eligible organized volunteer fire department in this state. Texas Education Code,  § 54.353

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What will I learn?

The Fire Service Leadership A.A.S. and Fire Science / Fire Fighting with an emphasis on Homeland Security A.A.S. offer professional firefighter a broader education through advanced technical and general education courses.Both degrees are designed to provide students with foundational skills in firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting tactics / strategies, and disaster preparedness.

What can I do with this course of study?

You can increase career opportunities in your field by possessing an AAS degree in Fire Sciences.  Courses at San Antonio College can be used to apply for higher levels of firefighter certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP). In addition, some departments offer incentive pay for earning a degree or raising your firefighter certification level.

Top positions in fire departments and the emergency services industry are generally reserved for those who can keep up with technological advances and other developments in the field.

Students who earn their Associate of Applied Science in Fire Service Leadership and Fire Science / Fire Fighting with an emphasis on Homeland Security A.A.S. can look for work as firefighters, fire inspectors, fire investigators, first line supervisors, and managers of firefighting, among other positions. These degrees also prepares students who are looking to continue their education with the foundation to earn bachelor's and master's degrees.

Courses Offered by Semester

Fall Semester

FIRT 1301 Fundamentals of Fire Protection

FIRT 1307 Fire Prevention Codes and Inspections

FIRT 1333 Fire Chemistry I

FIRT 1342 Fire Officer I

FIRT 2305 Fire Instructor I

FIRT 2309 Firefighter Strategies & Tactics I

Spring Semester

FIRT 1319 Firefighter Health & Safety

FIRT 1329 Building Codes & Construction

FIRT 1338 Fire Protection Systems

FIRT 1353 Legal Aspects of Fire Protection

FIRT 1443 Fire Officer II

FIRT 2307 Fire Instructor II

FIRT 2319 Fire Chemistry II

FIRT 2331 Firefighter Strategies & Tactics II

Summer Semester

FIRT 2111 Incident Safety Officer (Summer I)

FIRT 2112 Hazardous Materials Incident Command (Summer II)


Program's Instructors

Eric Cadena, Adjunct Faculty

Manuel Casarez, Adjunct Faculty

Martin D. Davila, Faculty

Michael Mulroney, Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Reese, Adjunct Faculty

Let's Get Started

SAC has temporarily adjusted our enrollment process to allow steps to be completed remotely by students.  Please follow the 1,2,3 Steps.

STEP 1: Registration

A. Welcome Center

The center provides assistance with the following:

  • Apply Texas application for admission
    • Completion of the SAC enrollment steps and    AlamoEnroll modules
  • Submission of official transcripts, Bacterial Meningitis, and other important documents
  • New Student Orientation Sign-Up
    • New student orientation is mandatory for all student entering SAC for the first time.
  • Enrollment Coach assistance


BFinancial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office offers assistance in applying, processing, and maintaining financial aid.


 C. Assessment Center

The Assessment and Testing Center  provides assistance with

  • Test Administration of the TSI Exam for college placement
  • Evaluate student's TSI status


STEP 2: Enrollment

A. Advising

Certified Advisors provide a variety of advising services including, but not limited to andswering the following questions:

  • What degree do I follow?
  • What classes do I take?
  • Do I get credit for my certifications and training?
  • How close am I to graduating?
  • When do I apply for graduation?
  • I have enrollment holds, what do I do?
  • How do I declare my major?


 C. Ready to Enroll

  • Register for Classes: Click Here
  • Tuition Exemption Process: Click Here 
    • Must be enrolled in classes before submitting Tuition Exemption Request
    • Tuition Exemption Form: Click Here  
STEP 3: Payment

A. Business Office - Pay My Tuition

Provides a financial system of charges, refunds, and payments.

  • Are installment plans available?
  • How much do I owe? or I need a refund.
  • How do I Pay?
    • Send money orders and certified checks to
    • Online Payment Click Here


(210) 486-0201

Operational Announcements

Important Dates

Spring Semester 2021

Academic/Registration Calendars - Click Here

Registration Opens
November 16, 2020
Tuition Exemption First Day to Submit
November 16, 2020
Colleges Opens
January 4, 2021
Tuition Exemption Las Day to Submit
January 10, 2021
Registration Closes
Janury 10, 2021
Last Day to withdraw with 100% Refund in Person
January 15, 2021
Classes Begin
January 19, 2021


Contact Us

  Location: E-mail: Office Phone:
Protective Services      
Main Office Oppenheimer Center Room 227 210-486-1692
Martin D. Davila      
Chairperson Oppenheimer Center Room 225B 210-486-0082
Marcela Castañeda      
Admin. Services Specialist Oppenheimer Center Room 225A 210-486-1692


Last Updated: Dec. 17, 2020