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Program Description

The Fire Science Associates Degree and Diploma programs are a sequence of courses designed to prepare fire service personnel at all levels to become better officers and leaders.The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain and upgrade present knowledge and skills. Completion of the program of study leads to an Associates of Applied Science or Diploma in Fire Science.

Nature of the Work

Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Firefighters help protect the public against these dangers by responding to fires and a variety of other emergencies. Although they put out fires, firefighters more frequently respond to other emergencies.They are often the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to treat injuries or perform other vital functions.

During duty hours, firefighters must be prepared to respond immediately to a fire or other emergency. Fighting fires is complex and dangerous and requires organization and teamwork.At every emergency scene, firefighters perform specific duties assigned by a superior officer. At fires, they connect hose lines to hydrants and operate a pump to send water to high-pressure hoses. Some carry hoses, climb ladders, and enter burning buildings—using systematic and careful procedures—to put out fires. At times, they may need to use tools to make their way through doors, walls, and debris, sometimes with the aid of information about a building’s floor plan. Some find and rescue occupants who are unable to leave the building safely without assistance.They also provide emergency medical attention, ventilate smoke-filled areas and attempt to salvage the contents of buildings. Firefighters’ duties may change several times while the company is in action. Sometimes they remain at the site of a disaster for days at a time, rescuing trapped survivors, and assisting with medical treatment.

Job Outlook

Employment change. Employment of firefighters is expected to grow by 19 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Most job growth will stem from volunteer firefighting positions being converted to paid positions.

In recent years, it has become more difficult for volunteer fire departments to recruit and retain volunteers, perhaps because of the considerable amount of training and time commitment required. Furthermore, a trend toward more people living in and around cities has increased the demand for firefighters.When areas develop and become more densely populated, emergencies and fires affect more buildings and more people and, therefore, require more fire fighters.

Earnings

Median annual wages of firefighters were $44,260 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,180 and $58,440.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,210. Median annual wages were $44,800 in local government, $45,610 in the Federal Government, $25,300 in other support services, and $37,870 in State governments.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Fire Fighters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos329.htm

 

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Degrees
Fire Science Technology Degree (62 hrs)
core courses
 
Area I Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Area II Social/Behavior Sciences
XXXX xxxx Social/Behavior Science course
3
Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111 College Algebra
3
Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts course
3
 
Fire Science Technology
occupational courses
 
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
FRSC 1100 Introduction to the Fire Service
3
FRSC 1110 Fire Admin/Supervis&Leadership
3
FRSC 1121 Firefighting Strategy&Tactics
3
FRSC 1132 Fire Service Instructor
4
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
4
FRSC 1151 Fire Prevention & Inspection
4
FRSC 1161 Fire Service Safety and Loss Control
3
FRSC 2100 Fire Admin Management
3
FRSC 2110 Fire Service Hydraulics
3
FRSC 2120 Fire Protection Systems
3
FRSC 2130 Fire Service Building Construction
3
FRSC 2141 Incident Command
4
FRSC 2170 Fire and Arson Investigation
4


Diplomas
Fire Science Technology Diploma (53 hrs)
core courses
 
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
Fire Science Technology
occupational courses
 
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
FRSC 1100 Introduction to the Fire Service
3
FRSC 1110 Fire Admin/Supervis&Leadership
3
FRSC 1121 Firefighting Strategy&Tactics
3
FRSC 1132 Fire Service Instructor
4
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
4
FRSC 1151 Fire Prevention & Inspection
4
FRSC 1161 Fire Service Safety and Loss Control
3
FRSC 2100 Fire Admin Management
3
FRSC 2110 Fire Service Hydraulics
3
FRSC 2120 Fire Protection Systems
3
FRSC 2130 Fire Service Building Construction
3
FRSC 2141 Incident Command
4
FRSC 2170 Fire and Arson Investigation
4


TCCs
Firefighter I - FF11
FRSC 1020 Basic Firefighter- Emergency Services Fundamentals
3
FRSC 1030 Basic Firefighter- MODULE I
3
FRSC 1040 Basic Firefighter- MODULE II
3
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
4
Firefighter II - FF21
FRSC 1050 Fire and Life Safety EducatorI
3
FRSC 1060 Fire Prev,Preparedness&Maint
3
FRSC 1070 Intro to Technical Rescue
4
FRSC 1080 Fireground Operations
3
Basic Fire Company Officer - BF11
FRSC 1121 Firefighting Strategy&Tactics
3
FRSC 2110 Fire Service Hydraulics
3
FRSC 2130 Fire Service Building Construction
3
FRSC 2141 Incident Command
4
Fire Officer I - FF31
FRSC 1110 Fire Admin/Supervis&Leadership
3
FRSC 1132 Fire Service Instructor
4
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
4
FRSC 2120 Fire Protection Systems
3
Fire Officer II - FF51
FRSC 1151 Fire Prevention & Inspection
4
FRSC 1161 Fire Service Safety and Loss Control
3
FRSC 2100 Fire Admin Management
3
FRSC 2170 Fire and Arson Investigation
4
Firefighter I Safety Specialist - FI11
FRSC 1100 Introduction to the Fire Service
3
FRSC 1161 Fire Service Safety and Loss Control
3
FRSC 2120 Fire Protection Systems
3
FRSC 2130 Fire Service Building Construction
3
FRSC 1020 Basic Firefighter- Emergency Services Fundamentals
3
FRSC 1030 Basic Firefighter- MODULE I
3
FRSC 1040 Basic Firefighter- MODULE II
3
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
4




*All program information subject to change without notice.

 

Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 70 60
Reading Comp. 64 55
Arithmetic N/A 34
Algebra 57 N/A

Instructors & Faculty