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Welcome to Hutchinson Community College

Fire Science

Hutchinson Community College Fire Science is here to meet your needs.   As a premier, degree-based program, we work with you on options to obtain a degree and also offer training for current emergency service personnel.   Our program offers numerous courses on-site, and online, and also has the capability to teach classes at various sites throughout the State.   With a dedicated, professional faculty and staff, HutchCC Fire Science provides an educational opportunity that is challenging, rewarding, and meaningful to students.

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Fire Science - AAS

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Fire Science - CERT

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Academy Training

Our academy-style training allows students to complete courses in a short amount of time.  Students will receive NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II training in only two weeks!  Experience a hands-on course preparing you for Firefighter I, Firefighter II.

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Fire Academy Dates

Students will receive NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II training in only two weeks!  Experience a hands-on course preparing you for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations Level IFSAC Certification. This program emphasizes learning the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become a functioning member of a fire department.  While at the Firefighter I and II Academy,  the student's daily routine incorporates a fire department atmosphere into the training.  Instruction includes required online pre-work, daily quizzes on cognitive information, classroom lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice on individual skills.  The Firefighter I and II Academy students will respond on fire apparatus, perform vehicle extrication, participate in live interior and exterior fire evolutions, night drills, teamwork, and practice safety and accountability.  At the conclusion of the two-week course, IFSAC certification testing is offered.

Enrollment in an Academy can only be accomplished by contacting in person by phone, at 620-728-4404. Fire Science Office Hours are M-F, 8 am - 5 pm CST. 

A $250.00 deposit is required at the time of enrollment.

Contact 620-728-4404 for more information or email:

Fire Academy Dates: Fall 2024

Firefighter I and II Academy: Online begins August 1, 2024.  Face-to-face meets August 17, 2024 - August 30, 2024. (Registration is Full and Closed)

Firefighter I and II Academy: Online begins August 30, 2024.  Face-to-face meets October 5, 2024 - October 18, 2024. (Registration full and closed)

Firefighter I and II Academy: Online begins September 23, 2024.  Face-to-face meets November 2, 2024 - November 15, 2024. (Registration is full and closed)

Fire Academy Dates: Spring 2025

Firefighter I and II Academy: Online begins January 13, 2025.  Face-to-face meets February 22, 2025 - March 7, 2025. (Registration is Open)

Firefighter I and II Academy: Online begins February 10, 2024.  Face-to-face meets March 22, 2025 - April 4, 2025. (Registration is Open)

Firefighter I and II Academy: Online begins March 24, 2025.  Face-to-face meets May 10, 2025 - May 23, 2025. (Registration is Open)

cpat testing is done at our Fire Science East facility

Candidate Testing

The CPAT is a sequence of events requiring you to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to obtain pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes. Testing is done at our Fire Science East facility, 11319 S. Halstead Rd., Hutchinson, KS 67501. For more information contact HCC Fire: 620-728-4460 or 728-4461.

CPAT Testing Dates

Contact Details

Fire Science
1-888-GO-HUTCH ext. 4461

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Fire Officer Leadership

HutchCC Fire Science is offering online education for current and future fire officers. All courses necessary for certification, up to and including Fire Officer II, are now available as online courses. The Fire Officer courses are taught entirely online and can be easily completed while the student is at the station; all that is needed is a computer with internet access. These courses were specifically designed to help educate the line firefighter/officer with minimum impact on their days off.

For eligible career firefighters and their departments, we now have an approved Fire Officer Leadership Apprenticeship through the Kansas Department of Commerce. If interested, more information is available below or contact Chief Jeff Deal, Retired, at 620-728-4465, or by email at, for more information.

Apprenticeship Program Apply Here
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Field Day

Visit our facility, meet our instructors and staff, and learn about the exciting possibilities of a career in the fire service.  You will be able to wear firefighter gear and participate in some of our training activities. 

Our next High School Field Day is scheduled for October 23, 2024. This Field Day we will welcome Freshman through Seniors in High School.

For more information please call 620-728-4460. A Field Day sign up link will be posted soon.