Fire Science

The Fire Science Technology program is designed to provide academic education and training to develop competent Fire Fighters in fire protection, prevention, and administration.


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Grain Bin Rescue

 Fire Science Director Tim Zehnder talks to a gathering Saturday at the Nebraska State Fair about grain bin safety, then narrates rescue techniques during demonstrations using MPCC’s grain bin rescue simulator. Zehnder said this is the first time they have taken the simulator to the state fair but said he was extremely pleased with the amount of interest and the response from the demonstrations given Saturday and Sunday.

Upon successful completion of the program, the Fighter I and II and Hazardous Material Operations.

Students will complete a core of courses designed to ensure they possess the base knowledge necessary in Fire Science Technology. Satisfactory completion of prescribed 54 semester credit hours will lead to a Diploma. An additional 15 semester credit hours of the general education requirements will result in an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

What's New in Fire Science

Program Fee

Fire Science Technology Students will be required to rent some training materials. A $500.00 fee will be charged to students for these rentals. Students must come to class with the following: Structure Firefighting boots, Structure Firefighting gloves and Structure Protective hood.

Program Objectives

  • Have knowledge of hazards and related safety practices associated with fire science technology.
  • Perform tasks related to fire protection, prevention and administration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of personal and work characteristics that contribute to effective job performance.
  • Use effective communication skills appropriate to the fire science industry.
  • Apply the theory of fire science to specific jobs using critical thinking/reasoning skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Use mathematical data and reasoning skills in relation to fire science technology.
  • Prepare for certification/licensing.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include city, town and rural salaried fire departments, government agencies, construction firms, insurance companies and hazardous materials handling. While not a salaried position, many communities depend on volunteer firefighters solely or in coordination with the salaried fire department personnel.

Suggested Electives

Human Relations, Introduction to Business, Spanish, Sign Language, Supervisory Management, aerobic and anaerobic physical education classes.

The Fire Science program at MPCC offers a wide range of training programs for your fire department, from new firefighter NFPA 1001 (Fire Fighter I & Fire Fighter II) to officer/command training. The goal of our program is to get the training programs to the area fire departments delivered at their locations, we will bring the training to you. We want to be your resource for training programs, training schedules, department assessments and any general fire information you are looking for. Please contact us with any questions. 

List of Classes

  • Fire Fighter I
  • Fire Fighter II
  • Hazmat Awareness
  • Hazmat Operations
  • Confined Space
  • Grain Bin Rescue
  • Rope Rescue Awareness
  • Rope Rescue Operations
  • Rope Rescue Technician
  • Ventilation
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Farm Vehicle Extrication
  • Search and Rescue
  • Rapid Intervention
  • FF Survival
  • Emergency Vehicle Driver/Operator
  • Officer/Command
  • Size-up
  • Tactics & Strategies
  • Rural Water Supply
  • Building Construction
  • Fire Attack
  • Vehicle Fires

Tim Zehnder

Director of Fire Science
507-848-6535 Cell
308-345-8126 Office