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The tragic shooting in Oregon serves as a sobering reminder that safety and security is both our individual and collective responsibility, and each of us contributes in important ways.

Over the weekend, the FBI and ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) notified all area colleges and universities of social media posts directing threats of violence at an institution of higher learning near Philadelphia on Monday, October 5. While there is no threat against a specific college or university, the advisory reminds us we must vigorously monitor our surroundings and work together to keep the city safe.

The College’s Department of Safety and Security has increased security and is working with the Philadelphia Police Department to increase patrols on the College’s Main Campus and the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers.

Please report suspicious activity to security at (215)751-8111 or call extension 5555 from a College phone. Call 911 to report any active threat to law enforcement.

Fire Science

Fighting Fires and Saving Lives

Gain leadership skills for fire service and other related fields. You will learn to improve your communication and critical thinking skills, use computer-assisted design software, and understand the responsibilities of a fire officer, while receiving an excellent foundation for transfer to a four-year college. The Philadelphia Fire Department recognizes the importance of the Fire Science associate’s degree by awarding a bonus of a half point on all promotional examinations to any firefighter or fire officer who earns this degree. The half point can move you ahead five or more positions on a promotional list, and if you pursue a bachelor’s degree after earning your associate’s degree, you will earn a full point bonus on all promotional examinations.

Degree Options

Associate in Applied Science, and transfer to a four-year college

Career Options

  • Supervisory positions in the Philadelphia Fire Department
  • Risk management
  • Property management
  • Fire protection equipment testing
  • Fire investigation
  • Pre-emergency planning

Transfer Options


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