Fire Service Management

Training to Lead and Innovate Your Career in Emergency Management

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Program Overview

Aspiring to be a leader in the fire and emergency services field? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Fire Service Management program is tailored to those who want to excel in this critical and dynamic field. The program’s curriculum, based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certified program requirements, offers both a Basic Technical Certificate and an Associate of Arts degree to align with your career goals.

With instruction provided by experienced local fire department trainers and command staff, this program offers practical insights into fire service leadership. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on developing leadership competencies, with classes in fire officer training and electives developed by executive leadership teams from local fire departments.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Basic Technical Certificate


$2,584 – 8,810

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Primary Location

Students in fire suites working with fire hoses at large containers

Learning Opportunities

  • Professional Development: Gain IFSAC accredited certifications, and learn from fire service executive officers.
  • Collaboration with Industry Partners: Benefit from the program's integration with local fire service Officer Development Programs and partnerships for classes at training centers.
  • Nationally Recognized Curriculum: Study industry-standard materials to stay aligned with national benchmarks.
  • Learning from Active Firefighters and Chiefs: Network with various local departments, learn local techniques and equipment, and build professional relationships.
  • Academic Credit for Industry Certifications: Convert industry certificates into academic credits, assisting current firefighters in pursuing degree options for professional advancement.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Fire Service Management – Associate of Arts Degree




Fire Service Management – Basic Technical Certificate




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Managers, All Other

    All managers not listed separately.


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


Admission into the Fire Service Management program is competitive and requires a supplemental application process. 



  • Meet with the Program Director to discuss qualifications, pathways, and steps to apply. 

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