New B.S. in Fire Science Offered Online

The Worldwide Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is now offering a B.S. in Fire Science degree, starting on Oct. 15, 2012, one of only a few collegiate programs nationwide to carry the prestigious “Certificate of Recognition” from the National Fire Academy’s Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.

Embry-Riddle’s program is based on the FESHE model curriculum for a bachelor’s degree and meets the higher-education criteria set by the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

The coursework for the Fire Science degree incorporates analytical approaches to fire dynamics and fire protection, fire prevention organization and management, fire analysis and investigation, disaster planning including dealing with hazardous materials, administration and personnel management, and the political and legal issues involved in fire services.

“The new degree is offered entirely online, allowing the student to complete the degree from anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Ronald Wakeham, Fire Science program chair at Embry-Riddle. “It was designed specifically for fire and emergency professionals who want to advance into higher-ranking, higher-paying roles in their field, whether that be command officer or chief of fire service organizations, industrial fire companies or emergency management agencies.”

Embry-Riddle’s Fire Science degree program offers two tracks. The Aviation Emergency Management specialization focuses on fire and aviation safety, leadership and management skills, and the technical knowledge needed to lead fire and emergency services organizations into the future.

The Fire & Emergency Services specialization focuses on leadership and management skills and the technical knowledge needed to lead fire and emergency services organizations into the future.

Individuals who hold existing certifications through the National Fire Protection Association or state regulatory agencies, or who have taken courses recommended by the American Council on Education at the National Fire Academy or the FEMA Emergency Management Institute may be eligible for transfer credit.

For more information on the B.S. in Fire Science at Embry-Riddle, visit or contact Dr. Ronald Wakeham at (804) 380-0731 or

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