Fire and Emergency Services
Fire and Emergency Services


The applied science degree program in fire and emergency services offers college preparation at the professional level consistent with national standards. The program addresses the call of the U.S. Fire Administration, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Consortium, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and others to transition fire, EMS, and other emergency service disciplines from a “technical occupation” to a “professional occupation” using a national professional development model for the fire service and EMS.

LSUE’s Fire and Emergency Services AAS program is recognized by the U. S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program. Our degree program closely follows the FESHE curriculum model.

In addition to fire science technology and emergency services technology concentrations, the curriculum also includes concentrations in safety and environmental compliance. The safety and environmental compliance area of concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to help the industry deal proactively with the challenges of maintaining a safe, healthy work environment, hazardous materials and toxic waste, environmental assessment, and compliance and enforcement.

The below requirements are for students who enroll during the current academic year. See this year's program catalog for the recommended course sequence. Archived catalogs can be accessed for prior year academic requirements.

About Fire and Emergency Services

  • Critical-thinking skills to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in a fire and emergency services environment
  • Technological advancements that can produce higher levels of safety and survival
  • How to develop specialized technical knowledge and skills relevant to subspecialties in the field of fire and emergency services
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills to work both independently and cooperatively as a member of a fire and emergency services team
  • Awareness of how adopting standardized policies for responding to emergency scenes can minimize near-misses, injuries, and deaths
  • How the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes
  • The importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment

Potential Career Areas:

  • Fire Department Management
  • Fire Inspection
  • Emergency Services Management
  • Opportunities within private industries along with federal and state governments


Degree Requirements

  • English Composition (6 hours)
  • Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Natural Sciences (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)
  • Fine Arts (3 hours)


LSUE Online Program

Courses are offered over the Internet, through distance learning with the option of accelerated format, and in traditional classroom settings. You can learn more about the online option at: Online Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services.

All formats are taught by the same faculty. Our faculty is made up of degreed instructors, who are experts within their subject areas and who have honed their skills through actual experience dealing with fire, emergency response, safety, and hazardous materials incidents.

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Academic Area

Public Protection and Safety



The program is part of LSU Online making it easier to begin or complete a post-secondary education through online degree programs, accelerated learning formats, and prior learning assessment. The courses and degree are available both entirely online and in hybrid formats. 


Related Documents


FES Articulation Agreement


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