Fire Science

Basic Firefighter Certificate:

This program is designed to prepare students for the firefighting occupation. Students of the Fire Science Program will learn the functions of all the fire equipment, including the fire apparatus, as well as both the theory and practical application of firefighting technology. The program will prepare students for firefighter certifications according to the standards from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This program will provide training to newly hired firefighters from the local departments as well as provide ongoing training to current veteran firefighters who serve in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

Fire Science Technology AAS:

The Fire Science Technology Associate Degree program is designed to build on students' knowledge of the firefighting occupation. The program will prepare students for firefighter certifications beyond the basic fire suppression certification according to the standards from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Students will also be introduced to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. The Fire Science Technology program will also provide training concerning the fire inspection areas such as rules, codes, and field inspection practices to meet certification requirements of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Emergency Management Specialist -  Occupational Skills Award (OSA):

South Texas College offers an occupational skills award designed for students interested in a career in the field of emergency management, as well as those currently in an emergency response profession seeking to update or increase their skills and education. 

This program prepares students for real-world decision making and develops problem-solving skills that will allow them to elevate any organization during critical incidents. Courses focus on educating students on how to implement and coordinate resources necessary for preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery from disasters and threats city, county and state organizations face every day.


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Admission Requirements

Basic Firefighter Certification (Fire Academy):

  • Must be 18 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Honorable discharge from the military (if applicable)
  • Never been convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor or above
  • Never been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years
  • GED or higher
  • Physical fitness exam

An application for the fire academy also needs to be filled out in addition to the application to South Texas College in order to be considered for the program. This application can be found under the " Resources" tab.


This program provides an exemption from tuition and laboratory fees to eligible persons employed as firefighters by a political subdivision of this state or who are active members of an eligible organized volunteer fire department in this state.

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Academy Application Form

Fire Academy Agility Test:

  • Agility Exam Dates for January 2020 Academy:
    September 18, 21, 25  
    October 2, 9, 12, 16 
    November 13, 16, 20  
    December 4, 7, 11  
    Location: Regional Center for Public Safety and Excellence 
    3901 S. Cage Blvd.  
    Pharr, TX 78577

  • Please call to sign up for the test, and for directions:

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Resources

Name E-Mail Phone Location
Fonseca, Victor vfonseca 956-872-4205 Regional Center for Public Safety and Excellence
Davis, William wdavis_3032 956-872-4204 Regional Center for Public Safety and Excellence

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Olivares, Megan mgower_0026 956-872-5674 Regional Center for Public Safety and Excellence

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