The fire service is a highly dynamic profession that offers a variety of daily challenges to the professionals who work within it. The primary mission of the RCC Fire Science program is to prepare students for careers as firefighters.
Students who complete the program will be prepared to meet the unique demands of a rewarding profession. The program prides itself in delivering the highest education available by following standards set by:
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)
- Coursework accredited by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
A unique thing we have at RCC that sets our program apart from others is our relationship with southern Oregon fire departments. Most of our students are actively engaged in a student internship program with one of the 12 fire departments RCC serves in Jackson and Josephine counties.
When not attending school, most fire interns are working as a 3rd or 4th member on a fire engine with career firefighters an average of ten 24-hour shifts per month. This enables the fire interns to maximize the learning environment by applying the skills learned at RCC with real life preparation on actual fires and other emergencies. From this relationship, RCC graduates are quickly hired and are career ready at completion of the program.