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About the Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  61
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The Fire Science degree program is an interdisciplinary program of study which prepares students for a broad range of employment opportunities including Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Marshal/Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Service Supervisor/Manager.

In addition to preparing students for employment, this degree program is appropriate for individuals already employed in the Public Safety field who are seeking skill upgrade and promotional opportunities, and individuals preparing to transfer to a four-year college/university.

Students interested in a transfer program in fire science should see an academic advisor for an educational plan.


General and Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
I.  General Education
  A.  Foundation Studies (12 credits)
       1.  College Composition or Applied Communication - Select Option a or b   1
          a.  Writing (6 credits)
Choose two courses from list - if preparing for transfer, complete College Composition
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

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          b.  Writing AND Communication (6 credits)
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Applied Communication/Writing Courses

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Applied Communication/Comm. Courses

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       2.  Numeracy (3 credits)   2
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       3.  Critical Thinking (3 credits)
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Critical Thinking (AGEC) Courses

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  B.  Area Studies (7 credits)
       1.  Physical and Biological Science (4 credits)
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Physical & Biol Science (AGEC) Courses

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       2.  Behavioral OR Social Science (3 credits)
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Behavioral Science (AGEC) Courses

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II.  Fire Science Requirements
FSC100 Principles of Emergency Srvc  3

FSC 100. Principles of Emergency Services (3). Overview of fire protection and emergency services along with its culture and history; career opportunities; organization and function of public and private fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. Three lecture.

1. Fire and emergency service careers
2. Present-day fire and emergency services and early traditions and history
3. Operations
4. Organization and professionalism
5. Fire behavior
6. Fire ground and station safety
7. Education and training
8. Fire and emergency service response
9. Fire apparatus, service equipment and facilities
10. National Incident Management System/Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS)
11. Leadership and management
12. Fire prevention and pre-planning
13. Firefighter safety and survival

1. Illustrate and explain the history and culture of the fire service. (2-4)
2. Analyze the basic components of fire as a chemical chain reaction, the major phases of fire, and examine the main factors that influence fire spread and fire behavior. (5)
3. Differentiate between fire service training and education and explain the value of higher education to the professionalization of the fire service. (4,7)
4. List and describe the major organizations that provide emergency response services and illustrate how they interrelate. (2,8)
5. Identify fire protection and emergency service careers in both the public and private sector. (1,2)
6. Define the role of national, state and local support organizations in fire and emergency services. (8, 10)
7. Discuss and describe the scope, purpose, and organizational structure of fire and emergency services. (2-4, 10)
8. Describe the common types of fire and emergency service facilities, equipment, and apparatus. (6,9)
9. Compare and contrast effective management concepts for various emergency situations. (11)
10. Identify the primary responsibilities of fire prevention personnel including: code enforcement, public information, and public and private protection systems. (3, 4,12)
11. Outline the components of career preparation and goal setting. (1, 2, 7)
12. Describe the importance of wellness and fitness as it relates to emergency services. (1, 2, 4, 7, 13)

FSC104 Haz Mat First Responder Op  4

FSC 104. Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (3). Introduction to the major categories of hazardous materials. Includes detection, identification, scene management, basic training, equipment planning, strategy and tactics in the management of hazardous materials incidents. Preparation for Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence certification. Prerequisite: MAT 092 or one year of high school algebra or satisfactory score on mathematics skills assessment. Reading Proficiency. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. The hazardous material problem
2. Recognizing and identifying hazardous materials
3. Flammable hazardous materials
4. Reactive hazardous materials
5. Toxic hazardous materials
6. Basic equipment and safety practices
7. Size-up, tactics and strategy
8. Scene management
9. Pre-emergency planning

1. Identify various hazardous materials and their potential dangers, including identification of placarding, labeling and shipping manifests. (1, 2)
2. Respond to and control flammable, reactive and toxic hazardous materials incidents. (3-5)
3. Use procedures necessary for effective size-up, tactical planning and scene management. (7, 8)
4. Identify systems for assessing possible intervention. (7)
5. Identify the three-tier concept of hazardous materials planning. (8)
6. Interpret the hazard and response information for a chosen chemical from the current edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). (2, 5, 6)
7. Remove a victim from a contaminated area, wash the victim, remove contaminated gear, and coordinate transporting the victim to a facility of higher care. (5-8)
8. Complete SCBA donning procedures within one minute. (6)
9. Match the type of control options for each response objective: absorption, damming, diking, dilution, diversion, retention, vapor dispersion, remote valve shut-off. (2, 6, 8)
10. Apply “Class B” firefighting foam(s) or vapor suppressing agent(s) on a spill or fire involving hazardous materials. (8, 9)

1. Pre- and Post-test

AND FSC105 Firefighter I & II Cert Acad  5

FSC 105. Firefighter I & II Certification Academy (12). Essentials of firefighting including fire department operations, firefighting equipment, and safety. Emphasis on the chemistry of fire, techniques of firefighting, and utilization of equipment in fire suppression. Preparation for State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter I and II certification. Pre-requisite: FSC 104. Ten lecture. Six lab.

1. Fire department organization
2. Fire behavior
3. Fireground and station safety
4. Ropes and knots
5. Water supply
6. Fire apparatus
7. Fire hose and evolutions
8. Fire service ladders and evolutions
9. Power tools
10. Building construction
11. Forcible entry
12. Search and rescue
13. Ventilation
14. Salvage and overhaul
15. Structural firefighting and organization
16. Electricity
17. Special firefighting techniques and hazard emergencies
18. Firefighter maintenance
19. Fire prevention and fire investigations
20. Firefighter safety and survival techniques

1. Describe theory of fire behavior, phases of fire, types of fires and methods of fire control. (2,5)
2. Show the proper rope inspection procedure as well as the established standard knots and hitches used by the fire service. (4)
3. Discuss the proper uses for various equipment/tools. (3,6,9,11,13)
4. Explain the care and use of fire service ladders and perform basic ladder raises for multi-person ladders. (8)
5. Describe the standard hose rolls and carries used by the fire service. (7)
6. Explain the need for proper ventilation. (10,13)
7. Show proper salvage cover placement and proper salvage and overhaul techniques. (14)
8. Describe basic building construction and building features as they apply to firefighting. (10)
9. Explain the reasons for and show ability to don the self-contained breathing apparatus and complete the crawl-through course. (12)
10. Perform basic forcible entry through various barriers using the proper tools and procedures. (11)
11. Successfully ventilate a structure utilizing both horizontal and vertical techniques with the proper equipment. (13)
12. Explain the method and theory of fire cause determination as it applies to the firefighter to include securing the scene and legal considerations. (16)
13. Explain the components of automatic sprinkler systems and the value of the systems. (16)
14. Design an inspection program for their community. (16)
15. Perform various drags, lifts, carries, wall breaching, narrow-space manipulation and hoisting techniques directly related to firefighter safety and self-survival. (15,17) 16. Explain the organizational model of the fire service. (1) 17. Practice the use of personnel accountability systems and of the NIMS incident command system. (1)

          And all of the following:
FSC102 Prin of Fire/Emerg Serv Safety

FSC 102. Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival (3) (Fall). Basic principles and history of the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services. Three lecture.

1. History of fire service culture
2. Organizational culture
3. Individual role in culture/behavior
4. History of line of duty deaths and injuries statistics
5. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
6. Medical and fitness standards
7. Data collection (NFIRS)
8. Research/investigation (NIST, NIOSH)
9. Training, equipment, response
10. Certification and credentialing
11. Organizational health and safety profile
12. Risk management
13. Prevention

1. Describe the need for cultural and behavioral change and enhancements within the emergency services related to health and safety - incorporating leadership, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility. (1-4, 6,12)
2. Define how the concepts of risk management affect strategic and tactical decision-making. (8,9,12)
3. Describe and evaluate circumstances that might constitute an unsafe act. (4,5,7,8)
4. Explain the concept of empowering all emergency services personnel to stop unsafe acts. (11,12)
5. Validate the need for national training standards as they correlate to professional development inclusive of qualifications, certifications, and re-certifications. (5,7-11)
6. Defend the need for annual medical evaluations and the establishment of physical fitness criteria for emergency services personnel throughout their careers. (4,5-8)
7. Explain the vital role of local departments in national research and data collection. (7,11,12)
8. Illustrate how technological advancements and standardized policies can produce higher levels of emergency services safety and survival. (9-13)
9. Explain the importance of investigating all near-misses, injuries and deaths and how incorporating the lessons learned from investigations can support cultural change. (4,7,11,12)
10. Describe how obtaining grants can support safety and survival initiatives. (9,11,12)
11. Explain how the increase in violent incidents impacts safety for emergency services personnel when responding to emergency scenes. (4,7-9,12)
12. Recognize the need for counseling and psychological support for emergency services personnel and their families, and identify local resources and services. (9,11-13)
13. Describe the importance of public education as a critical component of life safety programs. (12,13)
14. Discuss the importance of fire sprinklers and code enforcement. (13)
15. Explain the importance of safety in the design of apparatus and equipment. (4,7,9,12)

FSC135 Fire Prevention

FSC 135. Fire Prevention (3). Topics of fire prevention including: history and philosophy; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. Three lecture.

1. Goals, importance and organizations of fire prevention
2. History of major fires and fire prevention in America
3. Responsibilities and professional development
4. Standards for fire prevention personnel
5. Private organizations
6. Roles of government
7. Inspection and enforcement
8. Fire prevention laws, regulations and standards
9. Plans review programs
10. Fire protection engineering
11. Fire investigation
12. Public education

1. Define the national problem, role, history and philosophy of fire prevention. (1,2)
2. Identify and describe fire prevention organizations and associations. (1,5)
3. Define laws, rules, regulations, and codes relevant to fire prevention and the authority having jurisdiction. (5,6,8)
4. Outline the functions of a fire prevention bureau. (1,7,9-12)
5. Explain inspection practices and procedures. (7,8)
6. Identify and describe the standards for professional qualifications for Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator. (3,4,8)
7. List opportunities in professional development for fire prevention personnel. (3)

FSC137 Fire Protection Hydraulics/Wat

FSC 137. Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply (3). Theoretical foundation in the principles of water use for fire protection. Includes application of the laws of hydraulics to analyze and solve water supply problems. Three lecture.

1. Hydraulics origin and history within the fire service
2. Water volume, weight, chemical and physical properties
3. Force and pressure
4. Velocity, flow calculations and relations
5. Friction loss and effects, conversion factors, GPM and hose sizes
6. Pump theory and operation
7. Theory of drafting and pump testing
8. Fire streams
9. Engine pressure calculations
10. Water supply and distribution systems
11. Standpipes, sprinklers and fireground formulas

1. Use mathematics and physics to calculate the movement of water in fire supression activities. (1-5, 8-11)
2. Identify the design principles of pumping apparatus. (6, 7)
3. Analyze community fire flow demand criteria. (4,10,11)
4. Explain the principles of forces that affect water, both at rest and in motion. (2-5,8)
5. List and describe the various types of water distribution systems. (2,10)
6. Discuss the various types of fire pumps. (7, 10)

1. Pre- and Post-test.

FSC210 Adv Fire Behavior & Combustion

FSC 210. Advanced Fire Behavior and Combustion (3). Advanced theories of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. Three lecture.

1. Math and chemistry review
2. Properties of matter and physics
3. Gaseous combustion
4. Ignitable liquids
5. Solid combustion
6. Heat release rate
7. Heat transfer
8. Ignition
9. Enclosure fire dynamics
10. Fire modeling
11. Extinguishment

1. Identify physical properties of the three states of matter. (2, 4-6)
2. Categorize the components of fire. (4-6)
3. Define the physical and chemical properties of fire, the process of burning and dynamics of combustion. (1-3)
4. Describe the process of burning. (7-9)
5. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire. (1, 2)
6. Describe the dynamics of fire. (7,8,10)
7. Discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel. (9-11)
8. Explain the characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent. (3, 11)
9. Articulate what suppression agents are, their use and strategies. (11)
10. Compare methods and techniques of fire extinguishments. (11)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC225 Legal Aspects of Emerg Serv

FSC 225. Legal Aspects of Emergency Services (4). Federal, state, and local laws that regulate, and national standards that influence, emergency services. Includes standard care, tort, liability and consensus standards as they pertain to emergency services. Four lecture.

1. Legal system of the United States: foundations and Constitution
2. Civil vs. criminal - differences, lawsuits, punishments and burden of proof
3. Tort liability
4. Negligence
5. Judicial systems: U.S. Supreme Court, special courts, local courts and their penalties
6. Federal laws and the fire service including the Fair Labor Standards Act, American Disabilities Act, age discrimination, civil rights and sexual harassment
7. Employee relations, standards for physical testing, residency, grooming, promotions, psychological examinations and polygraphs
8. Fire prevention and fire codes, Fourth Amendment, certifications, building code vs. fire code
9. Mutual aid
10. Hazardous materials
11. Volunteers/contracts, At-will doctrine
12. Arson

1. Define different types of laws, their basic differences, and how they function in society. (1-3, 5, 8)
2. Articulate federal, state and local laws which regulate and influence the emergency services. (2-5, 8-12)
3. Explain the purpose and roles of national codes and standards concerning their legal influence. (6-8)
4. Interpret legal decisions that have, or will, affect emergency services. (2-6, 9)
5. Outline the organizational and legal structure of the emergency services. (1, 5, 8)
6. Define liabilities of emergency service workers. (3-9, 11)
7. Discuss negligence in an emergency setting. (2, 4, 6, 12)
8. Differentiate forms of discrimination and identify areas of potential discrimination in the emergency services. (2, 5, 6)
9. Identify and discuss the legalities of entrance requirements, residency, grooming and testing. (2, 6, 7, 11)
10. Explain the scope of the Civil Rights Act. (1, 2, 6, 8)
11. List the parameters and explain the basic intent of the American Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family Medical Leave Act. (6)
12. Articulate the At-will doctrine. (11)
13. Specify the purpose of labor and employment laws. (5-7, 11)
14. Identify and analyze the major cause of firefighter deaths in the line of duty related to health, fitness, wellness and vehicle operations. ( 2-7)

1. Pre- and Post-test

FSC234 Fire Investigation

FSC 234. Fire Investigation (3). 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 fire setter, and types of fire causes. Three lecture.

1. Responsibilities of the Firefighter, Fire Officer, and Fire Department
2. Observations approaching, on arrival at scene, during operations
3. Identification of incendiary devices
4. Criminal law/constitutional amendments
5. Case studies
6. Terminology
7. Fire dynamics
8. Building construction
9. Fire protection systems
10. Basic principles of electricity
11. Health and safety
12. Fire scene investigations
13. Determining point of origin
14. Fire Causes
15. Vehicle fires
16. Fire setters

1. Identify the responsibilities of fire personnel when responding to the scene of a fire, including scene security and evidence preservation. (1-3)
2. Describe the implications of constitutional amendments as they apply to fire investigations. (4).
3. Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations. (5)
4. Define the common terms used in fire investigations. (6)
5. Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination. (7)
6. Describe how fire progression is affected by fire protection systems and a building's design and construction. (7-9,14)
7. Discuss the basic principles of electricity as an ignition source. (10,11)
8. List potential health and safety hazards. (11)
9. Describe the process of conducting investigations using the scientific method. (12, 13)
10. Identify cause and origin and differentiate between accidental and incendiary. (3,13,14,16)
11. Explain the procedures used for investigating vehicle fires. (15)
12. Identify the characteristics of an incendiary fire and common motives of the fire setter. (3,14,16)

FSC235 Fire Protection Systems

FSC 235. Fire Protection Systems (3). Design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Three lecture.

1. Automatic sprinkler systems
2. Special extinguishing systems
3. Stand pipe and fire extinguisher systems
4. Fire detection and alarm systems

1. Explain the benefits of fire protection systems in various types of structures. (1,4)
2. Describe the basic elements of a public water supply system including sources, distribution networks, piping and hydrants. (1,4)
3. Explain why water is a commonly used extinguishing agent. (1,3)
4. Identify types and components of sprinkler, standpipe and foam systems. (1-3)
5. Discuss residential and commercial sprinkler legislation. (1,3,4)
6. Identify types of non-water based fire suppression systems. (2)
7. Explain the basic components of a fire alarm system. (4)
8. Identify types of detectors and explain how they detect fire. (4)
9. Describe the hazards of smoke and list the four factors that can influence smoke movement in a building. (3,4)
10. Discuss the appropriate application of fire protection systems. (1-4)
11. Explain the operation and application of portable fire protection systems. (2,3)

FSC236 Occupational Safety/Hlth Emer

>FSC 236.Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services (3). Basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Includes risk and hazard evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations. Three lecture.

1. History of occupational safety and health in industry and in emergency service organizations
2. Identification of safety problems
3. Review of national injury statistics
4. National, state, and private organizations
5. Regulations versus standards
6. Safety-related regulations and standards
7. Risk management
8. Safety program development and management
9. Employee fitness/wellness programs
10. Pre- and post-incident safety and management
11. Safety at fire emergencies, EMS emergencies, and specialized incidents
12. Personal roles

1. Discuss the history of occupational health and safety. (1)
2. Identify occupational health and safety programs for industry and emergency services today. (1,3,4,8)
3. Compare and contrast standards and regulations. (5,6)
4. List and describe the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident management. (7,10,11)
5. Describe the relevance for safety in the work place including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). (2,3,7,8,12)
6. Apply the knowledge of an effective safety plan to pre-incident planning, response, and training activities. (8,10,11)
7. Explain the components of an accountability system in emergency service operations. (11,12)
8. Discuss the need, and process, for post-incident analysis. (10)
9. Describe the components and value of critical incident management programs. (8-10,12)
10. Describe the responsibilities of individual responders, supervisors, safety officers, and managers as they relate to health and safety programs. (12)
11. List the components of a wellness/fitness plan. (9)
12. Identify and analyze the major causes involved in line-of-duty firefighter deaths related to health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations. (2,3,7,8,12)

FSC238 Strategy and Tactics

FSC 238. Strategy and Tactics (3). Principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents. Three lecture.

1. Fire chemistry terms and concepts
2. Extinguishing equipment
3. Visual perception
4. Pre-planning
5. Size-up
6. Pre-fire planning
7. Concept/phases/methods/format
8. Occupancy classifications and building types
9. Basic divisions of tactics
10. Plan of operations
11. Rescue
12. Exposures
13. Confinement

1. Discuss fire behavior as it relates to strategies and tactics. (1,3,7,9,10)
2. Explain the main components of pre-fire planning and identify steps needed for a pre-fire plan review. (4,6,8)
3. Identify the basics of building construction and how they interrelate to pre-fire planning and strategy and tactics. (2,8-13)
4. Describe the steps taken during size-up. (3-5,10)
5. Examine the significance of fire ground communications. (9-11)
6. Identify the roles of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) and Incident Management System (ICS) as they relate to strategy and tactics. (2,5,10,11)
7. Discuss the various roles and responsibilities in ICS/NIMS. (9,10)

FSC239 Fire Department Co Officer

FSC 239. Fire Department Company Officer (3). Supervisory methods for the fire service in fire safety, fire department organization and personnel supervision. Elements of management for the first-level Company Officer Supervisor. Includes principles of organization, communication, leadership and emergency incident management. Three lecture.

1. Organizational structure
2. Communications
3. The company as a group
4. Leadership as a group influence
5. Elements of management
6. Company motivation
7. Career counseling
8. Problem solving
9. Pre-incident surveys
10. Fireground management
11. Incident command and communications
12. Firefighter safety and health
13. Company officer liability

1. Describe a typical fire department's organizational structure.
2. Describe the functions and processes of the internal communications system.
3. Apply leadership and management strategies for effective individual and group performance.
4. Apply motivational strategies to individual and group performance.
5. Perform pre-incident surveys
6. Develop a plan for firefighter safety during regular job duties and emergencies.
7. Identify potential liability issues of the company officer and a plan to prevent occurrences.
8. Perform as the emergency scene commander.

FSC240 Principles of Fire/Emerg Serv

FSC 240. Principles of Fire and Emergency Service Administration (3). Organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is placed on fire and emergency service, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer. Three lecture.

1. Duties
2. National standards
3. Career opportunities, education and training
4. Span of control, delegation and division of labor
5. Unity of command/chain of command
6. Organizational structure and communication
7. Evaluation and appraisal of employees, rewards and motivation
8. Progressive system of discipline and grievance procedures
9. Theories and history of management and supervision
10. Managing resources for emergency and non-emergency
11. Management roles, responsibilities, styles, traits and effectiveness
12. Labor
13. Emergency management system
14. Records management

1. Identify career development opportunities and strategies for success. (3)
2. Utilize communication skills, both written and verbal. (6)
3. Identify and explain the concepts of span of control, effective delegation, and division of labor. (1,2,4-6)
4. Select and implement the appropriate disciplinary action based upon an employee's conduct. (7,8)
5. Explain the history of management and supervision methods and procedures. (9,11)
6. Discuss the various levels of leadership, roles, and responsibilities of an organization. (1,10,11,14)
7. Describe the traits of effective versus ineffective management styles. (9-11)
8. Identify the importance of ethics as it relates to fire and emergency services. (12,14)
9. Identify the roles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Management System (IMS). (13)

FSC241 Bldg Const for Fire Protection

FSC 241.Building Construction for Fire Protection (3). Components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. Emphasis on the construction and design of structures as key factors when inspecting buildings, pre-planning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. Three lecture.

1. The fire problem
2. Principles of construction
3. Wood construction
4. Typical building design and construction
5. Principles of fire resistance
6. Steel construction
7. Concrete construction
8. Flame spread
9. Smoke and fire containment
10. High rise construction

1. Describe building construction as it relates to firefighter safety, building codes, fire prevention, code inspection, firefighting strategy, and tactics. (1)
2. Classify major types of building construction in accordance with a local/model building code. (2)
3. Analyze hazards and tactical considerations associated with various types of building construction. (2-4,6,7,10)
4. Explain loads and stresses placed on a building and their interrelationships. (2,5,8)
5. Identify the function of principle structural components in typical building design. (1,2,5,8,9)
6. Differentiate between fire resistance and flame spread, and describe the testing procedures used to establish ratings for each. (1,2,5,8,9)
7. Classify occupancy designations of the building code. (1,5,8,9)
8. Identify indicators of potential structural failure as they relate to firefighter safety. (1,2,5,8,9)
9. Identify the role of GIS as it relates to building construction. (2,5)

III.  Related Requirements
BSA102 Career Search and Success

BSA 102. Career Search and Success: Skills for Entering and Succeeding in the Workplace (1). Techniques to enhance and emphasize the relationship between resume development and job search skills. Includes a strong focus on human relations in the workplace. One lecture.

1. Job search skills and employability packet including: labor market analysis; networking and job lead development; application, resume and cover letter preparation; the interview process
2. Personal financial management
3. Workplace communication and teamwork skills
4. Workplace ethics, attitudes, absenteeism, stress management skills
5. Elements of critical thinking and decision-making including setting career and educational goals

1. Identify employment opportunities for a field of study. (1)
2. Produce an employability packet (i.e. application, resume, cover letter, work sample, reference letter). (1)
3. Prepare for and participate in employment interview activities. (1)
4. Assess various types of communication and teamwork skills in the workplace. (3)
5. Discuss workplace ethics, attitudes, absenteeism, stress management. (4)
6. Describe the strategies involved in decision making in a job search. (5)
7. Evaluate job search efforts. (1)
8. Develop a career/educational plan. (5)
9. Identify importance of money management and budgeting. (2)

1 - Students preparing for transfer must complete College Composition I & II
2 - Students preparing for transfer must take MAT 152
3 - Designed to prepare personnel who wish to work in non-suppression areas
4 - Designed to prepare personnel who wish to work in fire suppression areas
5 - Completion of FSC 105 and its prerequisite prepares the student to sit for the Arizona Fire Fighter I & II Certification exam process

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fire Science Degree program, the learner will be able to:



  1. Develop conditioning strategies, lifelong fitness, nutritional guidelines, and prepare for pre-employment agility tests.  (FSC102)
  2. Explain issues related to fire prevention and the components and steps of inspection and enforcement. (FSC135)
  3. Describe principles and characteristics of hydraulics and operate fire hydraulic pumps currently in use in the fire service. Compute nozzle pressures and characterize related hydraulics problems. (FSC137)
  4. Discuss various materials and their relationship to fires as fuel. Describe characteristics of water as a fire suppression agent and identify other suppression agents and strategies. Compare methods and techniques of fire extinguishments. (FSC210)
  5. Define types of laws and explain the purpose and roles of national codes and standards and the scope of the Civil Rights Act, the American Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family Medical Leave Act. Outline the organizational and legal structure and differentiate forms of discrimination in the Fire Service. (FSC225)
  6. Describe fire detection systems and applications, and operate and test fire protection and detection systems. (FSC235)
  7. Employ accident control, safety standards, analyze safety hazards, develop inspection safety procedures, evaluate training simulations, and prescribe safety procedures for personnel. (FSC236)
  8. Direct firefighting operations to achieve maximum property conservation. (FSC238)
  9. Lead functions and processes as the emergency scene commander. (FSC239)
  10. Incorporate and manage cost containment, budgeting, data analysis, personnel evaluation, community planning, and departmental and public organization. (FSC240)
  11. Determine factors and principles related to fire resistance, building codes and fire suppression issues. (FSC241)
  12. Describe the theory of fire behavior, phases of fire, types of fires, and methods of fire control. (FSC100, FSC105)
  13. Explain the role and functions of fire protection organizations within the community.  (FSC100, FSC 105)
  14. Identify the main elements determining fire behavior, fuels and fuel properties. (FSC234)
  15. Analyze arson, conduct fire investigations, and present evidence and testimony in court. (FSC234)
  16.  Determine hazardous materials through the identification of placarding, labeling and shipping manifests. Respond and control flammable, reactive and toxic hazardous materials incidents and match the type of control options for each response objective; absorption, damming, diking, dilution, diversion, retention, vapor dispersion, remote valve shut-off.  (FSC100, FSC104)
  17. Perform standard hose rolls, carries, drags, lifts, wall breaching, narrow-space manipulation and hoisting techniques directly related to firefighter safety and self-survival. Explain the need for proper ventilation, the method and theory of fire cause determination, and the components and value of automatic sprinkler systems. (FSC100, FSC105)