Structural Fire Science Program

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Climbing the Ladder: New Programs for First Responders

ENMU-Ruidoso is pleased to offer a Certificate of Completion and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Structural Fire Science. The Certificate of Completion is a one year program preparing students to pursue employment with private, municipal, state or federal structural firefighting organizations.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree, a two year-program, incorporates a comprehensive curriculum of fire prevention, fire protection, hazardous materials response, and fire administration. This degree takes a multi-professional approach to policy integration and academic preparation in specialized fire service equipment and apparatus applications. In collaboration with the New Mexico Firefighting Academy students can earn International Fire Service Accreditation Council (IFSAC) certificates for 10 of the technical courses offered upon successful completion.

Completion of all technical courses offered in both programs qualifies students for work as an entry-level firefighter.

Click on the links below to view program requirements.

Structural Fire Science CC · Certificate Pathway
Structural Fire Science AAS · Degree Pathway
Structural Fire Crosswalk (Credit for Prior Learning)
Structural Fire Checklist

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The Structural Fire Science Program pathways were designed to offer a clear path for students to follow from beginning of the program through the completion of program towards graduation.

Medical/Accidental Injury Insurance Notice:  ENMU-Ruidoso does not provide medical insurance for students. ENMU-Ruidoso students are encouraged to obtain their own medical insurance for any illness, accident or injury that might occur during the span of this course. Visit to shop for, compare costs and coverage benefits, and enroll in insurance coverage.

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