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Fire and Emergency Services

The University of Florida’s acclaimed bachelors degree in Fire and Emergency Services prepares you for a career in the emergency services profession. Our program is unique in that it offers a combination of Fire Science, EMS, and Emergency Preparedness courses designed to meet your professional aspirations.

There are various career choices you will have after completing the online bachelors degree. They include but are not limited to a career in:

  • Fire department management
  • Emergency Medical Service management
  • Emergency Management
  • Insurance companies
  • Federal Government including DHS, FEMA, HHS, DOT
  • State Government
  • Private industry such as oil companies, industry management, and business

Note that the degree program does not certify you as a firefighter or provide you with EMS certification, but rather prepares you academically. Most fire and EMS departments are looking for personnel with a higher education degree. Many want personnel to be at least associate degree-prepared, and in order for promotion, require at least a bachelor’s and, in some instances, a masters degree.


Lorie Drewke

Program Assistant/Advisor – Fire and Emergency Services
RNK 336
RNK 336 / Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703




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