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How to get my Fire Science Degree
How I did it: I started out getting most of my general education requirements out of the way. Once I had a solid foundation in writing, math and science, I started taking fire science classes. Without a doubt, EMT class was the most difficult, however HAZMAT and Wildland Firefighting weren't a walk in the park either (Well, there was a walk in a park in wildland, but that was a different story). Once I had the requirements out of the way, I did some indipendent study courses with my instructors focussing on my real passion - disaster management and emergency planning. That was awesome.
What it boils down to is it isn't rocket science, however it required hard work, dedication, and a willingness to adapt to the expectations of the career. While I am not going to be working on the fireline, I believe that the growth as a person that I experienced in this program will serve me in my future career.
Lessons & tips: Study hard, get EMT out of the way early, and do what you can to improve yourself along the way. Volunteer whenever possible.