Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. When not on the scene of an emergency, firefighters work at fire stations, where they sleep, eat, and remain on call during shifts that often last 24 hours.  Firefighters typically do the following:  drive fire trucks & other emergency vehicles to emergencies, put out fires using hoses & pumps, find & rescue victims in burning buildings or other emergency conditions, treat victims’ injuries with emergency medical service. When responding to an emergency, firefighters do tasks assigned by a superior officer. They might be responsible for connecting hoses to hydrants, operating pumps to power the hoses, climbing ladders, or using tools to reach through debris. Other firefighters may be responsible for providing medical attention.

 This Fire Science Program, in cooperation with the Arizona Fire Marshall’s Office, Gila Community College, and Globe Fire Department; prepares students for service as a firefighter in rural settings.  It emphasizes professional firefighting skills corresponding to every day demands of the profession.  It is designed as a preparatory program for those who seek a career in firefighting.

Grade level required: 10,11,12 (Juniors will receive preference)
Prerequisites: Completed application
Number of college credits earned: 27*
Career opportunities: Forest firefighters, fire inspectors & investigators, structural firefighting, emergency medical, wild land firefighting.
Average salary: $45,250 annually ($21.76 hourly)**

For more information please contact CVIT


*Number of college credits may change with program improvements

**gathered from 2010 Occupational Outlook Handbook at


Cobre Valley Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 2656
Globe, AZ 85502

Seal of Arizona

Phone:  (928) 425-9654
Mobile:  (928) 961-2446
Fax:  (928) 425-8492