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.

Contact Information:

Bob Traufler, Career Advisor

South Campus

7:30AM - 4:00PM

  • Get the skills you need for the career you want.

More about the program:

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.  


Degrees & Certificates:

  • Associate of Applied Science: Fire Service
  • Associate of Applied Science: Fire Service Supervision
  • Certificate of Training: Fire Recruit Academy
  • Certificate of Training: Wildland Firefighter II
  • CIP: 43.0203

Program Lengths:

  • AAS degree program length: 6 Quarters
  • Certificate of Training: 1 Quarter

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Brian Wiwel


Adam Cabeza


Chris Grant (Fire Supervision Degree)


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.


  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.  

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.

  • National Median Salary: $50,850
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 24,200

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on June 2021.

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