After talking to my parents and some firefighters, I’ve come across the finding that fire science degrees are kinda a waste of time.
In the words of a firefighter/paramedic, “you can teach a monkey to fight fires.” Obtaining a fire science degree can take two years out of your time, and at the point, you will be behind your peers competing for the same position.
To make yourself a more valuable candidate, it’s best to obtain an EMT certification, which should take about three months/ten weeks, depending on the program. If you’re interested in it, go for a paramedic program. Fire Departments that provide ALS services to their districts need paramedics. They can train firefighters, but they can’t train paramedics. There’s a higher demand for one than for the other.