Fire Science Program

The sole purpose of Johnston County Schools Fire Science Program is to graduate men and women who possess the certifications and degree to be employable and promotable within the ranks of the Fire Service upon completion of the program. This program is a partnership between Johnston County Schools, Johnston Community College, The Office of The State Fire Marshal, and the professional men and women of the Johnston County Fire Service.

The pathway consist of the following CTE DPI courses taught by Johnston County Schools fire instructor:
  • Public Safety One
  • Fire Technology One 
  • Fire Technology Two
  • Fire Technology Three
These courses allow the student to be employable as a paid firefighter.

The following courses are offered through CCP for the Associate of Fire Technology Degree and while the student is enrolled in Johnston County Schools they are provided at no charge to the student:
  • ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 
  • ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines
  • EPT 140 Emergency Management
  • FIP 120 Intro to Fire Protection
  • FIP 124 Fire Prev & Public Education
  • FIP 128 Detection & Investigation
  • FIP 132 Building Construction
  • FIP 136 Inspections and Codes
  • FIP 152 Fire Protection Law
  • FIP 164 OSHA Standards
  • FIP 220 Fire Fighting Strategies
  • FIP 228 Local Gov’t Finance
  • ACA 111 College Student Success
Use the sample pathway link to view possible pathways through the program.

While enrolled in the Fire Science Program students will have the opportunity to gain work-based learning experience with the Fire Service and participate in SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA provides these students with additional leadership opportunities and state level and well as national competitive competitions to become the number one high school firefighter in the state.
  • JCS Fire Science Program will start in the 2017-2018 school year
  • JCS Fire Science Program will have two locations
    • Clayton High School (will serve the below listed schools)
      • West Johnston
      • Cleveland
      • Corinth Holders
    • Smithfield-Selma High (will serve the below listed schools)
      • North Johnston
      • Princeton
      • South Johnston
For the 2017-18 school year, rising 9th and 10th graders will be accepted
  • All students must complete the “Interest Application” via Google
  • Acceptance is by lottery format. It is anticipated that more rising 9th graders will be accepted than rising 10th graders
  • 9th graders will enroll in Public Safety I, 10th graders will enroll in Fire Technology I
  • 10th graders must have a 2.0 unweighted GPA to be considered for acceptance (CCP Requirement) 
  • Once accepted, parents and students must sign a MOU which details the students commitment to completing the Fire Science Program program which includes the Fire Protection Technology Degree from JCC 
  • Students can remain at their home school while enrolled in the Program  or request reassignment to attend Clayton HS or Smithfield-Selma HS while enrolled in the Program  
  • Student transportation is not provided at this time by Johnston County Schools
  • If at any point the student does not maintain the expected standards per the MOU they can be dismissed from the Program  and must return to their home school
For those students wishing to apply the application period is now open. The application link can be found below:
Contact Us
For additional information please speak with the Career Development Coordinator at your student’s school or contact the Career and Technical Education office at 919-934-4361 or email Tim Harrell at
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