Fire and Emergency Services

The Fire and Emergency Services program is designed to prepare graduates for entry into the challenging and competitive field of fire and emergency services. The program is a unique combination of a well-rounded general education core and hand-on firefighting classes leading to professional certification. The required classes in the program are also aligned with the pre-requisites for many Paramedic programs.

Certifications included in the program:

  • IFSAC/Pro Board Firefighter 1
  • IFSAC/Pro Board Firefighter 2
  • IFSAC/Pro Board Hazardous Materials Operations
  • IFSAC/Pro Board Driver/Operator Pumping Apparatus
  • Wildland Firefighter Type 2

Upon successful completion of the A.S. in Fire & Emergency Services program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a positive work ethic, flexibility, teamwork, physical fitness, safety consciousness, and sensitivity to diversity. 
  • Demonstrate basic fire fighter skills in the areas of structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency response.
  • Effectively communicate and interact in the workplace as well as in the community.
  • Be able to function at the NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I Level
  • Be able to function at the NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter II Level
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of fire protection systems, fire prevention, and technical rescue techniques.


The program includes options for a 1-year Certificate of Applied Science (C.A.S.) and a 2-year Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Fire and Emergency Services. All of the courses included in the 1-year Certificate of Applied Science are fully transferable to the 2-year A.S. degree. A student that has earned the C.A.S. in Fire and Emergency Services can continue directly into the second year of the A.S. in Fire and Emergency Services degree program.


Please note that firefighting and this program are inherently physically demanding. Classes involve lifting heavy loads, climbing ladders, wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and working in both hot and cold conditions. Official acceptance into the Fire and Emergency Services program is contingent upon the student successfully completing a criminal background check and two physical requirements:

  • A medical exam performed by the student’s family physician or medical practitioner.
  • A physical agility test designed to evaluate the ability of the student to complete coursework that includes NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter Job Performance Requirements.

Licensure as an EMT is required for many Fire & Emergency Services career opportunities. ECP 130 Emergency Medical Technician is a strongly recommended elective for the Fire & Emergency Services program students that do not have an EMT license.

Residency Programs and Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to our main campus program in Helena, Montana, Helena College has partnered with fire departments in Livingston and Frenchtown, Montana to offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science in Fire and Emergency Services while living and working in a fire station as a resident volunteer. Courses are delivered at the fire department with occasional lab experiences conducted at Helena College in Helena, Montana.

Benefits of the Residency Program can include:

  • Room and board
  • Potential for full or partial scholarships
  • Additional training opportunities
  • Experience and skill refinement staffing working fire stations and responding to emergency incidents

Please note that the admissions processes for residency programs are separate and independent from Helena College and that admission into Helena College does not guarantee acceptance into residency programs.

Contact Us
Nolan Eggen, Fire & Emergency Services Instructor
Phone: (406) 447-6982

Fire & Emergency Services A.S.

First Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE101 Principles of Fire & Emergency Services I
FIRE102 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services II
MATH121 College Algebra
BIOH104 Basic Human Biology with lab
AHMS144 Medical Terminology
Second Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE110 Hazardous Materials Operations
FIRE106 Wildland Fire Fighting
FIRE135 Fire Apparatus Operations
COMX115 Interpersonal Communications
WRIT101 College Writing I
FIRE298 Fire Service Internship
Third Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE261 Building Construction for Fire Protection
FIRE270 Fire Prevention
BIOH201  Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology
NASX105 Introduction to Native American Studies
SPNS101 Elementary Spanish I or Humanities/Fine Arts
Fourth Semester Courses
Course # Title
FIRE201 Fire Fighter II
FIRE234 Fire Protection Systems
PSYX240 Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology or Social & Psych/History
SPNS102 Elementary Spanish II or Humanities/Fine Arts
FIRE288 Capstone
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