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Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science

SPECIALIZATIONS:
Emergency Services Leadership

PURPOSE: The major in Fire Science Technology has been designed for students desiring to advance in the fire protective service occupations and to acquire knowledge in fire protection fundamentals useful in related occupations. With the increasing complexity of modern technology in the fire protection field, it is necessary for fire protection personnel to acquire specialized knowledge and problem-solving skills to meet the challenge of a changing society.

The Emergency Services Leadership specialization is designed to prepare first responders seeking to advance into leadership positions with the knowledge and skills to succeed in leadership, management, and administration within the emergency response services. Students will be prepared to prevent and manage critical fire and emergency safety situations, write technical fire and medical reports, manage personnel, and provide emergency scene leadership.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Firefighter, fire officer, fire protection specialist, fire/emergency instructor, fire or building inspector, fire investigator, rescue service, emergency medical service, hazardous materials services, emergency manager, occupational or industrial safety and risk management, fire marshal, fire sprinkler designer, design manager, sprinkler installer or mechanic, and related occupations

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: The purpose of the associate of applied science (AAS) degree curriculum is to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. Four-year college and university transfer opportunities for AAS degrees, if existing, are usually very specific in nature. Reynolds has formal transfer articulation agreements with four-year institutions that enable graduates who qualify to transfer courses completed in the AAS degree. These transfer articulation agreements are subject to change or expiration. In addition, students may substitute some courses in the AAS degree curriculum with courses that typically transfer to senior institutions. Students interested in transferring in general or transferring under a formal transfer articulation agreement should consult their faculty advisor upon program entry for further guidance.

There are no physical requirements, such as height, weight, eyesight, and physical dexterity; however, the student should understand that there may be some requirements for employment in fire or rescue service agencies.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

Fire Science Technology

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB. 
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

FST 1001

Principles of Emergency Services

3

0

3

FST 110

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

0

3

___ ___2

Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

3

17

ENG 115

Technical Writing

3

0

3

FST 1121

Hazardous Materials Chemistry

3

0

3

FST 1151

Fire Prevention

3

0

3

MTH 1203

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18

FST 240

Fire Administration

3

0

3

FST 235

Strategy and Tactics

3

0

3

__ __2,4

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

FST 121

Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

3

0

3

FST 220

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15-16

0-2

16

FST 205

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

3

0

3

FST 245

Fire and Risk Analysis

3

0

3

FST 210

Legal Aspects of Fire Service

3

0

3

FST 215

Fire Protection Systems

3

0

3

CST 1005

Principles of Public Speaking

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Fire Science Technology

66

 

CURRICULUM:
Emergency Services Leadership Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB. 
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

CST 1005

Principles of Public Speaking

3

0

3

FST 121

Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival

3

0

3

___ ___2

Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

 

TOTAL

16

3

17

ENG 115

Technical Writing

3

0

3

FST 140

Fire Officer 1

4

0

4

BUS 117

Leadership Development

3

0

3

MTH 1203

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

 

TOTAL

19

0

19

FST 240

Fire Administration

3

0

3

FST 250

Fire Officer 2

3

0

3

__ __2,4

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

GIS 200

Geographical Informational Systems

3

0

3

FST 220

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

 

TOTAL 

15-16

0-2

16

FST 115

Fire Prevention

3

0

3

FST 245

Fire and Risk Analysis

3

0

3

FST 210

Legal Aspects of Fire Service

3

0

3

FST 215

Fire Protection Systems

3

0

3

FST 237

Emergency Services Supervision

3

0

3

 

TOTAL

15

0

15

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree Fire Science, Emergency Services Leadership Specialization

67

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1 Students with certain fire service certifications may be awarded credit for this course. See course descriptions or program head for more details.
2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.
3 Students planning to attend a four-year institution are recommended to take MTH 151, 170, or 163 in place of MTH 120.
4 EMS 111 or 112 will also satisfy the general education requirement for personal wellness. Students who have a valid EMT certificate will be given credit for EMS 112 when all other curriculum requirements have been met.
5 Students with Fire Service Instructor 1 and Train the Trainer Firefighter 1 and 2 Instructor or Fire Service Instructor 2 certification can be awarded credit for FST 135, which will substitute for this course. See course descriptions or program head for more details.

FIRE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY

FST 100 Principles of Emergency Services 3 cr.

Provides an overview to fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; and, introduction to fire strategy and tactics. (Usually offered in fall only.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 105 Fire Suppression Operations 3 cr.

Introduces the fundamentals of fire suppression. Explores fire behavior and basic physical and chemical laws of fire dynamics. Prepares student to understand the need for quick operational decisions made on the fire ground, including emergency management.Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 110 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 cr.

Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. (Usually offered in fall only.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 112 Hazardous Materials Chemistry 3 cr.

Provides basic fire chemistry relating to the categories of hazardous materials, including problems of recognition, reactivity, and health encountered by firefighters. (Usually offered only in spring.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 115 Fire Prevention 3 cr.

Provides fundamental information regarding the history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use of fire codes; identification and correction of fire hazards; and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire and life-safety education. (Usually offered in spring only.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 121 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 3 cr.

Introduces basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. (This course has replaced FST 120 in the curriculum.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 135 Fire Instructor I 3 cr.

Emphasizes development of teaching methods and aids, including role-playing, small group discussion, and development of individual learning methods and materials. Requires students to develop lesson plans and make presentations on appropriate topics. Prepares students for certification as Fire Instructor I. (Course is based on current requirements of NFPA 1041, Standards for Fire Instructor Professional Qualifications.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 140 Fire Officer I 4 cr.

Presents a basic course to help individuals develop the skills needed to supervise and direct personnel and manage resources at the company level, and is based on the current requirements of the NFPA 1021, Standards for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. Prepares the student for certification as Fire Officer I.Lecture 4 hours per week.

FST 205 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 3 cr.

Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and solve water supply problems. (Usually offered in the spring semester.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 210 Legal Aspects of Fire Service 3 cr.

Introduces the Federal, State, and local laws that regulate emergency services; national standards influencing emergency services; and standards of care, tort, and liability, and a review of relevant court cases. (Usually offered in the spring semester.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 215 Fire Protection Systems 3 cr.

Provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers. (Usually offered in the spring semester.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 216 Automatic Sprinkler System Design I 3 cr.

Presents a comprehensive study of treatment of automatic sprinkler systems, including a study of sprinkler standards, design features, water supply adequacy, sprinkler limitations, and appropriate building and fire code applications.Prerequisite: FST 205 or program permission.Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 217 Automatic Sprinkler System Design II 3 cr.

Continues the study of automatic sprinkler system design, implementation, and installation. Includes the use of appropriate computer applications in the design of various types of sprinkler systems. (Usually offered in spring semester.)Prerequisite: FST 216.Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 220 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3 cr.

Provides the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety. The focus of this course is on firefighter safety. Covers the construction and design of structures and how they are key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. (Usually offered in the fall semester.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 230 Fire Investigation 3 cr.

Provides the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the firesetter, and types of fire causes.Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 235 Strategy and Tactics 3 cr.

Provides an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground. (Usually offered in the fall semester.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 237 Emergency Services Supervision 3 cr.

Teaches the history of modern management theories, including scientific management and behavioral scientist approach. Introduces concepts of group dynamics, leadership, communication, stress and time management, and personnel evaluation techniques. Discusses the legal and ethical considerations of personnel management in the emergency service.Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 240 Fire Administration 3 cr.

Introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasizes fire service leadership from the perspective of the company officer. (Usually offered in the fall semester.)Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 245 Fire and Risk Analysis 3 cr.

Presents a study of current urban fire problems with emphasis on solutions based upon current available technology. Includes master planning, as well as methods of identifying, analyzing, and measuring accompanying risk and loss possibilities. (Usually offered in the spring semester.)Prerequisite: FST 240 or permission of program head.Lecture 3 hours per week.

FST 250 Fire Officer II 3 cr.

Presents an intermediate-level course to help individuals further develop the skills needed to supervise and direct personnel, manage resources at the company level, and is based on the current requirements of the NFPA 1021, Standards for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications. Prepares student for certification as Fire Officer II.Prerequisite: FST 140 or Certification as Fire Officer I.Lecture 3 hours per week.

Name Program Email Phone
Don Baer Fire Science - Fire Services AAS dbaer@reynolds.edu 523-5518

Common Job Titles1: Engine Boss; Fire Captain; Fire Chief; Fire Engineer; Fire Fighter; Fire Fighter/EMT; Fire Technician; Firefighter; Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician); Firefighter/Paramedic; Fireman; Forest Fire Warden; Forest Ranger; Forest Ranger Technician; Forestry Technician (Fire); Squad Boss; Wildland Firefighter


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 846

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $40,100 - $61,100


Common Job Titles1: Fire Apparatus Engineer; Fire Lookout; Fire Operations Forester; Forest Fire Lookout; Forest Officer; Forest Patrolman; Forest Ranger; Forest Technician; Forester; Ranger


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 11

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $24,600 - $51,400


1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.