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Feel A Call of Duty?

Every 24 seconds a fire department responds to a fire in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association’s 2014 report. Firefighters are not only brave, they are very busy! And more than 11,000 career firefighters are women. 

Employment of firefighters is expected to grow about 7% between 2012 and 2022. Job prospects are expected to be most favorable for applicants who are in peak physical condition, have some firefighting education, and have passed mechanical aptitude examinations.

With the increasing complexity of modern technology in the fire protection field, it is necessary for fire protection personnel to acquire specialized knowledge and problem-solving skills.

Choose Reynolds

Students enjoy all that comes with being a college student - convenience and flexibility in scheduling classes, eligibility for financial aid, college resources, and a support system of outstanding faculty and peers that will ensure success.

It's a positive environment.

Don Baer
Don Baer is the program head of Fire Science Technology and a retired fire marshal, after more than 20 years of service.


Career Options

• Fire/Emergency Instructor
• Firefighter
• Fire Investigator
• Fire Marshal
• Fire Officer
• Fire or Building Inspector
• Fire Protection Specialist
• Fire Sprinkler Designer


• Emergency Medical Service
• Hazardous Materials Services

• Occupational or Industrial Safety & Risk Management
• Rescue Service
• Sprinkler Installer/Mechanic
• Emergency Manager

• And more

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Jamie Potter and her team “It’s a family atmosphere in fire science…the job is flexible with family commitments and obligations. I know all of my guys’ kids, wives – it’s great.”


Two Ways to Answer the Call

Associate Degree
Our Fire Science Technology AAS degree is designed for students desiring to advance in fire protective service careers and to learn fire protection fundamentals useful in related jobs.

The Emergency Services Leadership specialization is designed to prepare first responders seeking to advance into leadership positions with the knowledge and skills to succeed in leadership, management, and administration within the emergency response services.

The Fire Science Technology AAS takes approximately two years of full-time study but is flexible so you can complete this degree on a part-time schedule. Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university should consult their advisor upon program entry for guidance. Reynolds offers formal transfer agreements with four-year institutions.


Certificate Program
Our Fire Science Technology Certificate program requires approximately one year of full-time study. You also have the flexibility to take some classes online, and complete this certificate on a part-time schedule. It is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of current and future advances in the fire science field.

Rapid advances in technology require that personnel in the field stay up-to-date with changes in technology and equipment. The certificate program is designed to provide full transferability to the AAS degree program where more in-depth knowledge in management is emphasized.


*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, and National Fire Protection Association,

Success Stories

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Jamie Potter

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General Information

Parham Road Campus

Brookside Hall
1701 East Parham Road 
Richmond, VA 23228
Room 212 
(804) 523-5518

Donald C. Baer
Program Head