Fire Science - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Description

The Fire Science Associate of Applied Science is designed for students seeking a career in the fire service industry and for those who want to upgrade their skills for current fire service employment.

The program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation (IFSAC), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Wildland fire courses are certified by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply strategic tactical priorities for safety, rescue, incident control and loss control for situations, including fire suppression, search and rescue, hazardous materials, and disaster management.
  2. Effectively communicate with others using methods appropriate to the situation, population, and multidisciplinary agencies.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate leadership skills and styles to promote effective teamwork in the field and within emergency service organizations.
  4. Apply safety practices to prevent the occurrence and severity of hostile fires to mitigate the effect of fire on people and to assist in the determination of the cause of such fires.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.
  6. Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on structure and wildland fire behavior, fire line tactics, and safety. 

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

Recommended:

  • Completion of WR 065 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking II or higher or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7
  • Completion of MTH 060 Beginning Algebra or higher or minimum placement Math Level 14
  • High school diploma or GED

Other Entrance Requirements

Required:

  • Students must be 18 or older for state and national testing for EMT and affiliation with a fire agency. Students do not need to be 18 to begin taking structural fire courses.
  • All students seeking enrollment in the EMT course and/or agency affiliation that requires practical experience will have to pass a criminal history check (CHC) as a condition of their acceptance into a medical, fire, or other facility for training. Students who do not pass the CHC may not be eligible to complete training at affiliated sites, to sit for licensure or certification exams, or to be hired for some professional positions. Students who believe their personal history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure or certification in their chosen field should contact the appropriate state board or the program director.
  • Complete a 10 panel urine drug screen with Verified Credentials, Inc. With the exception of certain prescribed medications, students with a positive drug screen, which prevents them from attending clinical, will be disqualified from entering the program. Please see the program page and/or program handbook for more information.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

Material Costs

Required:

  • CPR for Healthcare Provider card (must remain current throughout EMT class): $55 
  • Background check, immunization upload, and 10-panel drug screen: approximately $110
  • Immunizations: $20 to $200
  • State certification testing and National Registry test: $170 to $350
  • Materials (boots, ear protection, gloves, etc.): $200 to $350

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
EMT 151Emergency Medical Technician Part A5
EMT 152Emergency Medical Technician Part B5
FIRE 100Firefighter Type II Training3
FIRE 101Introduction to Emergency Services4
FIRE 102Fire Service Safety and Survival3
FIRE 110Building Construction for Fire Personnel3
FIRE 112Public Education and Fire Prevention3
FIRE 114Fire Codes and Ordinances3
FIRE 120Fire Protection Systems3
FIRE 123HazMat Awareness & Operations3
FIRE 130Rescue Practices3
FIRE 175NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy7
FIRE 205Fire Behavior & Combustion3
FIRE 210SStructure Fire Investigation2
FIRE 215SS-215 Fire Operations in Urban Interface for Structure Fire3
FIRE 232Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply4
FIRE 265Capstone: Fire and Emergency Service Administration3
FIRE 275Capstone: Tactics & Strategies3
Fire Science Technical Electives:9
Medical Terminology I
Emergency Response Communication/Documentation
Emergency Response Patient Transport
Crisis Intervention for the Emergency Medical Provider
Chainsaw Use and Maintenance
Fire Law
Fire Department Budget
Human Behavior in Fire
Any course with a FIRE prefix that is not part of the core curriculum
Other Required Courses
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health
Customer Service
Business Human Relations
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Multicultural Issues in Human Services
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
GS 105Physical Science: Chemistry4-5
or CH 104 Introduction to Chemistry I
HHP 242Stress Management3
or HHP 266 Nutrition for Health
or HHP 295 Health and Fitness
Discipline Studies Course (choose one course from below):3-4
Cultural Anthropology
Microbiology
Survey of the Criminal Justice System
Psychology of Risk and Adventure
Mind and Brain
Mind and Society
Social Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
MTH 105Math in Society (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list.)4
WR 121Academic Composition4
1-200 FEMA
1-700 FEMA
1-800 FEMA
EMT Basic Oregon Certification
Total Credits97-100

Advising Notes

The Fire Science AAS requires hands-on training in fire and emergency medical skills and NFPA Firefighter I certification, which requires a significant amount of on-the-job training by joining a fire agency that requires students to work with and around mechanical equipment, ropes, fire pumps, fire hose and appliances, ladders, various apparatus and hand tools (both manual and powered). Most local fire agencies have student and volunteer positions. Students must apply and compete for these positions. Passing a written and physical agility exam is required for acceptance into these positions. Students desiring to complete a degree in Fire Science and Paramedicine must follow a specific course of study. Please see the program director for more information.

The AAS degree is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions. The Fire Science AAS has an articulation agreement with Eastern Oregon University.

Prior to taking the emergency medical technician exam, students must answer background information questions concerning felony convictions, any regulatory discipline, ethical violations, and mental competence. For more information, contact the program director at 541-383-7404.

The following are required for graduation in the Fire Science AAS and are only obtainable through affiliation in a fire agency:

  • NFPA Firefighter I
  • NFPA Hazmat Awareness & Operations
  • I-200 FEMA or NWCG certified course

Upon Completion of EMT 151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A and EMT 152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B, students must pass the National Registry of EMTs written and practical exams. Currently certified students do not need to retake the courses for the degree.

Students must hold a current EMT or higher Oregon certification for graduation with a Fire Science AAS degree.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Many courses require students to undergo drug screening, background check and/or immunization verification with a vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College prior to enrollment; refer to individual classes in the schedule or the program director for more information.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
FallCredits
FIRE 101Introduction to Emergency Services4
FIRE 102Fire Service Safety and Survival3
FIRE 123HazMat Awareness & Operations3
FIRE 175NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy7
 Credits17
Winter
EMT 151Emergency Medical Technician Part A5
FIRE 100Firefighter Type II Training3
FIRE 110Building Construction for Fire Personnel3
FIRE 114Fire Codes and Ordinances3
FIRE 112Public Education and Fire Prevention3
 Credits17
Spring
EMT 152Emergency Medical Technician Part B5
Fire Science Technical Electives:3
FIRE 130Rescue Practices3
FIRE 120Fire Protection Systems3
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits18
Second Year
Fall
FIRE 205Fire Behavior & Combustion3
FIRE 265Capstone: Fire and Emergency Service Administration3
GS 105
Physical Science: Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry I
4-5
MTH 105Math in Society4
 Credits14-15
Winter
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
Choose one course from the following:3-4
Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health 
Customer Service 
Business Human Relations 
Interpersonal Communication 
Small Group Communication 
Multicultural Issues in Human Services 
Fire Science Technical Electives:3
Choose one of the following:3
Stress Management 
Nutrition for Health 
Health and Fitness 
FIRE 215SS-215 Fire Operations in Urban Interface for Structure Fire3
 Credits16-17
Spring
Discipline Studies Courses (choose one from the following):3-4
Cultural Anthropology 
Microbiology 
Survey of the Criminal Justice System 
Psychology of Risk and Adventure 
Mind and Brain 
Mind and Society 
Social Psychology 
Introduction to Sociology 
FIRE 232Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply4
FIRE 275Capstone: Tactics & Strategies3
FIRE 210SStructure Fire Investigation2
Fire Science Technical Electives:3
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits97-100

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