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Protective Services:
Firefighting Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to perform the duties of a firefighter.

You Will Learn
  • Principles of fire science.
  • Equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Instruction in firefighting.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Protective Services: Firefighting - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Battalion Chief
  • Fire Chiefís Aide
  • Firefighter Supervisor
  • Firefighting Teacher
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Marshall
  • Forest Firefighter

Workforce Trends
Employment of firefighters is expected to grow 18 to 26 percent for all occupations through 2014. Those who have completed some firefighter education at a community college and have an EMT certification will have an additional advantage.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 5.3 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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