Fire Science Certificate of Achievement

Code: COA.FIR.SCI

This program prepares students for careers in the field of fire science and enhances the working knowledge of practitioners.  The program provides the fundamental concepts and practices needed for fire prevention, protection and suppression.   Career opportunities: Federal, State, and Municipal Fire Services,  Federal and Local Forest and Park Fire Service, Arson Investigators, and  Corporate and Private Security firms.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe the history, and evolution of the fire service. Students will be able to explain and apply the principles relevant to hazard control, structural design, fire detection, suppression, and limitation of loss.
  • Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of fire ground strategy and tactics, the occupational risks firefighters face and management strategies available to manage resources and reduce injuries/fatalities of firefighters and civilians.


Career Pathways

     
     
     

First Semester

FIR-101Introduction to Fire Protection

3

FIR-102Fundamentals of Fire Prevention and Inspection I

3

FIR-103Building Codes and Standards

3

FIR-104Fire Tactics and Strategy

3

FIR-105Fire Administration

3

FIR-101: Students with Firefighter I certification will have this course waived and receive 3 credits. Students with Firefighter II Certification will have this course waived and receive 4 credits.

FIR-102: First part of the ninety-hour course required for certification.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Specific Program Notes

Students enrolled in this program ARE NOT REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by Placement Testing.