Fire Science

 

Fire ScienceThe Fire Science degree at Lake Tahoe Community College is designed to give students the required knowledge to pursue entry-level municipal or wildland fire service careers. Students will gain a broad working knowledge of the many aspects of fire service organization and operations, proper use of fire equipment, tactics and strategies of fire fighting, specialized job skills, and management techniques. The Fire Science program emphasizes critical thinking skills in the examination and analysis of modern fire service issues and the strengthening of effective written and oral communication skills. This program follows the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model.

Program Learning Outcomes

• Identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for firefighter hiring.
• Analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and firefighter safety.
• Comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations, and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances, and firefighter health and safety.
• Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
• Identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
• Differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems.


Degree

A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
See current catalog for details.

B. REQUIRED COURSES
31.5 – 34.75 units distributed as follows:

1. All courses from the following (24 units):
FIR 101 Fire Protection Organization (4)
FIR 102 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention (4)
FIR 103 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems (4)
FIR 104 Building Construction for Fire Protection (4)
FIR 105 Fire Behavior and Combustion (4)
FIR 106 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (4)

2. Choose a minimum of 7.5 units selected from the following:
FIR 153 Fire Hydraulics (4)
FIR 167 Wildland Fire Safety and Hand Crew Operations: Basic Wildland Firefighter (L-180, S-130, S-190) (3.5)
HEA 140C Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (10.75)

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.

 
Certificate

A. REQUIRED COURSES:
31.5 – 34.75 units distributed as follows:

1. All courses from the following (24 units):
FIR 101 Fire Protection Organization (4)
FIR 102 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention (4)
FIR 103 Fire Protection Equipment and Systems (4)
FIR 104 Building Construction for Fire Protection (4)
FIR 105 Fire Behavior and Combustion (4)
FIR 106 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety
and Survival (4)

2. Choose a minimum of 7.5 units from:
FIR 153 Fire Hydraulics (4)
FIR 167 Wildland Fire Safety and Hand Crew Operations:
Basic Wildland Firefighter (L-180, S-130, S-190) (3.5)
HEA 140C Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (10.75)

 

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Gainful Employment

Success


Completion

12 Months

Graduation Rate

N/A

Job Placement Rate

N/A

Related Occupations

• Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

• Fire Investigators

 

Financing


Cost of On Campus Living

N/A

Costs Tuition and Fees

$1,560

Books and Supplies

$4,635

Financing Options

• Federal Student Loans = N/A

• Private Loans = N/A

• Institutional Loans = N/A

 

Credential Code: 1, TOP Code: 213300, CIP Code: 51.1501, Standard Occupational Classification(SOC): 33-1021.01