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:
- 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.
- Effectively communicate with others using methods appropriate to the situation, population, and multidisciplinary agencies.
- Demonstrate appropriate leadership skills and styles to promote effective teamwork in the field and within emergency service organizations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on structure and wildland fire behavior, fire line tactics, and safety.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|EMT 151||Emergency Medical Technician Part A||5|
|EMT 152||Emergency Medical Technician Part B||5|
|FIRE 100||Firefighter Type II Training||3|
|FIRE 101||Introduction to Emergency Services||4|
|FIRE 102||Fire Service Safety and Survival||3|
|FIRE 110||Building Construction for Fire Personnel||3|
|FIRE 112||Public Education and Fire Prevention||3|
|FIRE 114||Fire Codes and Ordinances||3|
|FIRE 120||Fire Protection Systems||3|
|FIRE 123||HazMat Awareness & Operations||3|
|FIRE 130||Rescue Practices||3|
|FIRE 175||NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy||7|
|FIRE 205||Fire Behavior & Combustion||3|
|FIRE 210S||Structure Fire Investigation||2|
|FIRE 215S||S-215 Fire Operations in Urban Interface for Structure Fire||3|
|FIRE 232||Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply||4|
|FIRE 265||Capstone: Fire and Emergency Service Administration||3|
|FIRE 275||Capstone: Tactics & Strategies||3|
|Medical Terminology I|
|Emergency Response Communication/Documentation|
|Emergency Response Patient Transport|
|Crisis Intervention for the Emergency Medical Provider|
|Chainsaw Use and Maintenance|
|Fire Department Budget|
|Human Behavior in Fire|
|Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health|
|Business Human Relations|
|Small Group Communication|
|Multicultural Issues in Human Services|
|COMM 111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||4|
|GS 105||Physical Science: Chemistry||4-5|
|or CH 104|| Introduction to Chemistry I|
|HHP 242||Stress Management||3|
|or HHP 266|| Nutrition for Health|
|or HHP 295|| Health and Fitness|
|Survey of the Criminal Justice System|
|Psychology of Risk and Adventure|
|Mind and Brain|
|Mind and Society|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|MTH 105||Math in Society (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list.)||4|
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
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.
- 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.