Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Recommended basic skills standards are

These programs are designed to allow an opportunity for experienced firefighters to receive awarded credits for knowledge gained through experience and training through the Fire Science for Prior Learning Assessment Program.

A plan for the entry into and completion of the Fire Science Technology or Fire Service Management degrees should be discussed with the Fire Science faculty advisors. This advising is needed to provide thorough information on the requirements of the degree programs as well as to align the courses of the degrees with the students’ academic and career goals.

Students may complete deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

MAT 107

Career Math or higher

3

POS 111

American Government: SS1

3

or

 

 

PSY 100

Psychology of Workplace Relationships

(3)

 

 

15

Emphasis Areas

Fire Service Management

The Fire Service Management degree is designed to prepare aspiring and experienced firefighters for future supervisory and leadership roles. The mission of the Fire Service Management degree program is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in supervisory and leadership roles of the fire service. Our goal is to provide foundational curriculum, both instructive and practical, that encompasses firefighting knowledge and skills; enhance students’ leadership, management, and administrative abilities; and to provide current firefighters an opportunity to expand on their knowledge, in preparation for future supervisory roles.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Fire Service Management program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of strategy and tactics on fire incidents
  • Explain both management and administrative functions within the fire service
  • Apply leadership abilities at the company level
  • Analyze the cause and origin of fires
  • Describe the principles of emergency management

EMP 101

Emergency Management

3

FST 105

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

FST 106

Fire Prevention

3

FST 109

Occupational Safety & Health for Fire

3

FST 201

Instructional Methodology

3

FST 202

Strategy & Tactics

3

FST 205

Fire Investigation I

3

FST 206

Fire Company Supervision & Leadership (Fire Officer I)

3

FST 251

Legal Aspects of Fire Service

3

FST 255

Fire Service Management

3

FST 257

Fire Department Administration

3

Elective

Choose twelve (12) hours from technical electives

12

 

 

45

Total Credit Hours

60

Fire Science Technology

The Fire Science Technology degree is designed to prepare individuals who have little or no experience with the firefighting profession for entry-level positions in the fire service industry. he mission of the Fire Science Technology degree program is to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills required to succeed in the fields of fire protection, emergency management, firefighting, and wildland firefighting. Our goal is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge required to work effectively in entry-level positions in the fire service industry; to provide program curriculum, both instructive and practical, than encompasses basic firefighting knowledge and skills; and to incorporate the needs of area fire departments by providing advanced classes to enhance current firefighters’ knowledge and skills.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Fire Science Technology program, students should be able to:

  • Formulate basic fire ground strategies and tactics to be used during structure fire incidents
  • Distinguish the different stages and types of fire behavior
  • Compare the five building construction types and how they play a role during structural firefighting
  • Analyze how and why the fire service incorporates safety and health measures
  • Compare and contrast fire detection and suppression systems in various types of buildings

FST 102

Principles/Emergency Services

3

FST 103

Fire Behavior & Combustion

3

FST 105

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

FST 106

Fire Prevention

3

FST 107

Hazardous Materials Operations (Level I)

3

FST 109

Occupational Safety & Health for Fire

3

FST 201

Instructional Methodology

3

FST 202

Strategy & Tactics

3

FST 203

Fire Hydraulics & Water Supply

3

FST 209

Fire Protection Systems

3

FST 259

Wildland Firefighting Strategy & Tactics

3

Elective

Choose twelve (12) hours from technical electives

12

 

 

45

Total Credit Hours

60

Technical Electives

FST 100

Firefighter I

9

FST 110

Job Placement & Assessment

3

FST 160

Candidate Physical Abilities Prep

3

Any other FST credits count for Technical Elective courses.

Certificate

Basic Firefighter

Gainful Employment Disclosure at https://apps.ppcc.edu/catalog/ge/basic-firefighter/

The Basic Firefighter program is designed to provide the student with basic firefighting skills and knowledge to help prepare one for an entry-level position in the fire service. The courses will provide skills and knowledge in hazardous materials, firefighting and the emergency services as a whole.

FST 100

Firefighter I

9

FST 102

Principles/Emergency Services

3

FST 103

Fire Behavior & Combustion

3

FST 107

Hazardous Materials Operations (Level I)

3

FST 110

Job Placement & Assessment

3

FST 160

Candidate Physical Abilities Test Prep

3

Total Credit Hours

24

Additional information available on the Fire Science Technology Department website at www.ppcc.edu/fst.