According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Delaware had 310 firefighters and 110 fire inspectors and investigators working in the state as of May 2013. With that said, the state offers promising job prospects for those interested in pursuing a fire science and safety career.

Delaware’s firefighters earn competitive wages. They can even earn as much or more than those working similar occupations in more populous states in the U.S. Here is an overview of yearly earnings for fire science professionals including firefighters, fire inspectors and investigators, and fire service supervisors.

Delaware Fire Service Careers 10th Percentile 50th Percentile 90th Percentile
Firefighters $29,260 $45,520 $60,730
Fire Inspectors and Investigators $28,500 $47,420 $64,670
Fire Science Supervisors $26,400 $43,290 $69,600


Delaware has two accredited institutions from which aspiring firefighters can obtain their certificates and degrees. One is the Delaware State Fire School, and the other is Delaware Technical Community College. Even though the campus options are limited in this state, they do a great job at preparing students for the working world of fire service.

Delaware State Fire School is designed to train students mentally and physically for the certification exam required to pass prior to becoming a firefighter. The school has classrooms and training facilities for students to use.

Those who are looking to pursue an associate degree in fire protection may consider attending Delaware Technical Community College. Here, students can learn the basics of fire science and finish their degree within two years.


See our list below for the two accredited schools in the state that offer a fire science degree and certification program.


Delaware does not offer online degree programs in either of the available campuses; however, students can look into out-of-state school options that will happily enroll Delaware residents into their programs. Online learning is a great option for those who require a flexible schedule and a convenient way to take classes on the web. Students will learn most required material online, and will be expected to communicate with their peers and instructors via class discussion boards, Skype, or chat programs. Assignments are usually turned in via email or an online classroom platform as decided by the professor. Each online class operates differently, so it is important to familiarize oneself with the syllabus before beginning any class.

It is essential to keep in mind that because firefighting is such a hands-on field, even online classes will require students to meet at a facility to complete in-person training, projects, and tasks — all of which are designed to prepare aspirants for the hands-on aspect of firefighting.