VU – Fire Science

VU Advisor: Brian L. Russell   Email:    Office Phone: 812-888-6833

VU Fire Science Website

DOE Code: 5820

Program Description:  Firefighters have one of the most exciting jobs in the country.  And one of the most dangerous!  That’s why many departments now require some type of formal training.  Above all, safety comes first.  And the more you know about the nature of fire and the technologies used to control it, the safer you will be.

Vincennes   University has worked closely with local fire officials to develop this premiere, two-year program.  It’s one of the best in the state.  By the time you graduate, you’ll have both the basic and advanced training you need to perform your job with the utmost confidence.

This programs emphasizes both the academic and  practical side of firefighting. You will also have the opportunity to earn Indiana State certification in hazardous materials and other specific areas.


Buildings, fire codes, and construction
Types of construction
Flame spread
Smoke and fire containment
Principles of fire resistance

Firefighting strategies and techniques
Methods of fire attack
Fire behavior
Building design

Special types of fire emergencies
Below ground
Confined spaces

Fire cause and determination
Conduct basic investigations
Area and methods of fire spread
Recognize and preserve evidence
Arson and constitution law

Grade Level:  12th

Length of Program: 1 year (Senior Year Only) 1/2 of the day

HS Credits per semester:  3                   HS Credits per year:  6

Fall Semester Courses:                                                                                Days/Times:
FIRE 100 Introduction to the Fire Service (6 Cr Hrs)                MW   8:00-10:50
FIRE 100L  Lab (3 Cr Hrs)                                                                           T          8:30 -11:50 

*Course Fees: $200.00
VU Technology Fees: $20 Per Credit Hour

Spring Semester Courses:                                                                            Days/Times:  
EMTB 212 Emergency Medical Technician Basic (6 Cr Hrs)    MWF     8:00 -10:50

*Course Fees: $235.00
VU Technology Fees: $20 Per Credit Hour

Tuition: Twin Rivers pays all CTE course tuition.  Student pays fees only.

Occupations upon completion of program: Career or Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician for a private of public ambulance service, Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector and Forensic Science technician.

Additional education/training available after VU: Bachelor degree in Homeland Security on VU campus or online, various colleges specializing in bachelor and master’s degrees for Fire Science.

*Fees are approximate and could vary from year to year.

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