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Fire Science Technology

Certificate

PURPOSE: The certificate in Fire Science Technology is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of current and future advances in the fire science field. Rapid advances in technology require that personnel in the field keep abreast of the latest changes in technology and equipment.

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, and related occupations.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: This program is designed to provide full transferability to the AAS degree program where more in-depth knowledge in management is emphasized.

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.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment-html/ge_info_428.html to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

 

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 100

Principles of Emergency Services

3

0

3

FST 110

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

0

3

___ ___1

Approved Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

16

3

17

ENG 115

Technical Writing

3

0

3

FST 112

Hazardous Materials Chemistry

3

0

3

FST 115

Fire Prevention

3

0

3

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

MTH 1202

Introduction to Mathematics

3

0

3

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Approved Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

18

0

18

Total Minimum Credits for Certificate in Fire Science  35
03.11.15

1 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.

2 Students planning to attend a four-year institution are recommended to take MTH 151, 170, or 163 in place of MTH 120. Students should check with their transfer institution to determine which mathematics course to take.

 

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
Donald Baer Fire Science Technology C DBaer@reynolds.edu 804/677-2487

 

Common Job Titles1: Emergency Management Consultant; Emergency Management Coordinator; Emergency Management Director; Emergency Management Program Specialist; Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director); Emergency Planner; Emergency Preparedness Coordinator; Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist; Emergency Preparedness Specialist; Emergency Services Director


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 39

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $48,700 - $84,600


Common Job Titles1: Arson Investigator; Chief Arson Division; Deputy Fire Marshal; Fire Captain; Fire Chief; Fire Inspector; Fire Investigator; Fire Lieutenant; Fire Marshal; Fire Official; Fire Prevention Inspector; Fire Prevention Specialist; Fire Protection Specialist; Fire Safety Inspector; Fire and Explosion Investigator; Investigator; State Fire Marshal


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 39

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $37,500 - $57,900


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


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.