Fire Protection and Safety Management, Associate of Applied Science

Fire Protection and Safety Management

Associate of Applied Science


The Fire Protection and Safety Management degree is designed for certified firefighters by offering them a flexible hybrid program that allows them to pursue their degree while working. An AAS degree makes firefighters more competitive for internal promotions and provides a sound foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.

In addition, many fire departments in the State of Texas offer incentive pay or educational stipends to firefighters who pursue an Associate’s degree or higher.

Firefighters certified through the Texas Commission of Fire Protection may apply for credit by certification upon completing at least 15 credit hours of academic coursework through Laredo College.      



The Fire Protection and Safety Management degree plan includes advanced courses that prepare students for first-level supervision in a fire service organization, i.e., Fire Officer. In addition, these courses offer advanced certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), which will enhance employment and promotional opportunities in a fire service career.

Students with an active TCFP structural firefighter certification may be eligible to file a Credit by Certification form for 23 credit hours towards the Fire Protection and Safety Management AAS degree, provided they satisfy the requirements. Contact a Fire Science instructor for details and to initiate the petition. 

Plan of Study

Recommended Course Sequence Semesters Offered Credit Hours
MATH 1314 - College Algebra Fall, Spring 3
BIOL 2301- Anatomy & Physiology I (lecture) Fall, Spring 3
BIOL 2101- Anatomy & Physiology I (lab) Fall, Spring 1
7 Hours
Semester 1
FIRS 1301 - Fire Certification I Fall 3
FIRS 1407 - Fire Certification II Fall 4
FIRS 1313 - Fire Certification III Fall 3
FIRS 1319 - Fire Certification IV Fall 3
FIRS 1323 - Fire Certification V Fall 3
16 Hours
Semester 2
FIRS 1329 - Fire Certifications VI Spring 3
FIRS 1433 - Fire Certifications VII Spring 4
FIRT 1353 - Legal Aspects of Fire Protection Spring 3
FIRT 1338 - Fire Protection Systems Spring 3
FIRT 1342 - Fire Officer I Spring 3
16 Hours
Semester 3
FIRT 1319 - Firefighter Health and Safety Fall 3
FIRT 1327 - Building Construction in the Fire Service Fall 3
FIRT 1315 - Hazardous Materials I Fall 3
FIRS 2344 – Driver Operator Pumper Fall 3
12 Hours
Semester 4
SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking Spring 3
ENGL 1301- Composition I Spring 3
LPC X3XX- Language, Culture and Philosophy/Creative Arts Spring 3
9 Hours