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    I am a FF/EMT looking to further my education with a college degree. There are three programs I am looking at right now, but not sure which one would be more beneficial. They are:

    Fire Science Technology
    Fire Mgmnt
    Paramedic Technology

    All are AAS Degrees. I do plan on being a Paramedic on day, and also know the Fire science or management degrees would help me with advancement down the road as well.

    Any input? Thanks

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    Dude, just my 2c but go for the paramedic!
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    Get your paramedic, As for a college degree get something that is useful like a management degree. Fire science is a joke degree, your State Fire Marshal will teach you all of that in the regular firefighting and fire officer classes. OUTSIDE THE FIRESERVICE YOU WON'T GET A DOG CATCHER JOB WITH A FIRE SCIENCE DEGREE.
    Get an education that will do something for you after your done in the fireservice as well as helping you advance within the fire service. A business management degree will do that. Or if you want a municipal or public management degree, you can be a city manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADSNWFLD View Post
    Get your paramedic, As for a college degree get something that is useful like a management degree. Fire science is a joke degree, your State Fire Marshal will teach you all of that in the regular firefighting and fire officer classes. OUTSIDE THE FIRESERVICE YOU WON'T GET A DOG CATCHER JOB WITH A FIRE SCIENCE DEGREE.
    Get an education that will do something for you after your done in the fireservice as well as helping you advance within the fire service. A business management degree will do that. Or if you want a municipal or public management degree, you can be a city manager.
    Yeah I have been debating that. I already have a job in the fire service, so why not get a degree that might help me with a second job/profession. It makes sense. Although I would probably enjoy the fire science degree more, and might learn something new to better me in my fire service job.

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    So just get a two year in Fire Science and then finish your 4 year in business or something. Does you dept pay for school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgain25 View Post
    Yeah I have been debating that. I already have a job in the fire service, so why not get a degree that might help me with a second job/profession. It makes sense. Although I would probably enjoy the fire science degree more, and might learn something new to better me in my fire service job.
    It will vary by location. Here, being a Paramedic does nothing for you in reality, as we are only BLS trucks. A fire science degree nets you the management, leadership and other administrative classes that are looked at when it is time for promotion.
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