Fire Service

Hands-on and classroom training for those interested in pursuing an entry-level career in Fire Service.

Bates Technical College offers hands-on and classroom training for those interested in pursuing an entry-level career in Fire Service.  Upon the successful completion of the entire curriculum, students will have certificates in the following areas: emergency vehicle operations, Emergency Medical Technician certification (eligible to test for National Registry certification) and entry-level (red card) wild land firefighter certification. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) tests for Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level as well as Firefighter I.  The training and certification allows the student a great foundation in the fire field and shows prospective employers your commitment to and preparation for the job of firefighter.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jim Field
253-680-7002 |

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 3:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

Fall Classes start September 12, 2020.

  • National Median Salary$49,620
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings25,000

This information is base on data from April 2020. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

Request More Information

I am interested in enrolling...

Prefer not to answer / other

Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

View the Program of Study

Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 43.0203 EPC: 828

Students prepare for careers as fire fighters, or in closely related occupations that require certification as a firefighter in this program that is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Training incorporates all entry-level requirements according to nationally recognized standards.

Students who choose the management option are prepared for leadership in the fire service with emphasis on the administration and management of fire service organizations. The program is intended to develop skills in critical and analytical reasoning as they apply to fire services.  


  1. Applicants must meet predetermined assessment test levels in writing, reading, algebra, mechanical reasoning, and space relations.
  2. Applicants are to have good eyesight, normal color vision, and be able to pass a stringent physical examination.
  3. Applicants must have a current Washington State driver’s license, a good driving history, and no criminal record.
  4. Students are required to maintain and show proof of medical/health insurance for the duration of Bates Fire Service educational career.  


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


    No instructors currently listed
Bates Technical College is operating remotely, with limited labs on campus. We’re here to help you virtually. Learn more about our efforts to keep students and employees healthy and safe on the COVID-19 resource page.