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MCSS to Begin Fire Science Program for Students

The Madison County Career Technical Center is thrilled to present a unique and exciting opportunity with the launch of our Fire Science program in collaboration with the esteemed Alabama Fire College. This partnership will provide students within the Madison County School System with an exceptional chance to receive comprehensive training and education in fire science, equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in the firefighting industry.

Starting in the 2024-2025 school year, the Fire Science program at the Madison County Career Technical Center will open its doors to a select group of eight high school students. These students, driven by their passion for community service, will use a robust curriculum featuring courses such as Volunteer Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness and Operations. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to apply for scholarships to attend Alabama Fire College’s six-week bridge program, highlighting the value of their dedication and hard work.

"As the Principal of the Madison County Career Technical Center, I am thrilled to introduce our Fire Science program, offering a unique hands-on learning experience. By merging practical training exercises with classroom instruction, our students will have access to cutting-edge facilities and equipment, providing realistic simulations of firefighting scenarios,” shared Principal Michael Counts. “This immersive learning environment not only helps students develop crucial skills in fire prevention, fire suppression, vehicle extrication, and emergency response but also instills a deep sense of preparedness and confidence."

Our partnership with the renowned Alabama Fire College ensures that our students receive a comprehensive and high-quality education in fire science. With a reputation for training top-notch firefighters and emergency responders, Alabama Fire College’s involvement enhances our program, covering all aspects from prevention to suppression and emergency response, and instilling confidence in the quality of education our students will receive.

Madison County Board of Education Vice President and District Four Board Member Heath Jones has played a pivotal role in establishing the first Fire Science program by any school district in Madison County. A career and volunteer firefighter in Huntsville and Madison County, Jones has witnessed the critical need for a new generation of firefighters.

"This program will provide students with a solid foundation in fire science, preparing them for a rewarding career as firefighters,” stated Jones. “We are confident that our partnership with Alabama Fire College will develop skilled and dedicated firefighters who will serve our community with utmost professionalism."

The Madison County Career Technical Center's Fire Science program welcomes students with a genuine interest in fire science and a commitment to positively impacting their community. Through this program, students will gain valuable knowledge, hands-on experience, and industry certifications, preparing them for a fulfilling career in the fire service.