Fire Science Technology

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1743020112)

The Fire Science Technology degree program offers the student a scientific understanding of fire and emergency hazards, with emphasis on effective prevention, control and management. The program will provide students an enhanced opportunity as current fire fighters and staff to pursue various professional opportunities in Public Safety with multiple educational pathways. General education courses are included to prepare the graduate to communicate and work effectively with all levels of society.

Courses offered through this program also fulfill the requirements of the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training and will prepare students for enhanced employment opportunities to serve their communities. It also prepares students for certification as Fire Officer Supervisor. In addition, this program can be useful toward other public service careers and provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

All of Valencia’s A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree offered at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other state universities. For students who are interested in pursuing UCF’s B.A.S. degree, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language or two semesters of the same college-level foreign language. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science.

Students who desire to continue their education to the Bachelor’s Degree should consult their university of choice for acceptance requirements of this degree. Students wishing to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult the Fire Rescue Institute Career Program Advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the course sequence as a guide in program planning. This is found at http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/fire-services/

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Students who are Florida certified Fire Fighters are eligible for up to three credits toward the A.S. degree technical electives upon review.

Students who are Florida certified EMT and/or Paramedic are eligible for up to 15 credits toward the A.S. degree technical electives upon review...

Students who possess a recognized Florida State certification as a Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Instructor or Life Safety Educator may also be eligible to receive college credit for specific courses in this program. For information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_alternative.cfm to view the award of credit options and complete a request form.  To have the credit awarded, students must provide the required documentation to the Fire Science department for verification and approval.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics or science course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Technical Certificates

The Fire Science A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificate programs are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Fire Officer Supervisor (12 credits) (CIP# 0743020111)

Potential Careers

  • Fire Inspector & Investigator
  • Fire Science Technician
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • Fire Assistant
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Insurance Investigator/Inspector
  • Fire Fighter

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

Daniel Diehl, Assistant Director: 407-582-8230
ddiehl5@valenciacollege.edu

John Glass, Professor, 407-582-8260
jglass12@valenciacollege.edu

Lizza Burgos-Reynoso, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-8155
lburgosreynoso@valenciacollege.edu

Fire Science Technology

The Fire Science Technology degree is designed to meet the high-level of professional standards that are expected of fire service and fire protection providers, managers and leaders. The degree is designed to educate the student in up-to-date and cutting-edge technology in the fire science and fire service fields.  Students will be highly informed concerning all aspects of fire science technology that are necessary in order to become or enhance skills as a competent and qualified firefighter, fire officer, fire inspector or fire protection practitioner and manager.  Areas such as fire behavior, fire prevention, fire protection systems, building construction, as well as many others, are included in the degree.

Students will gain skills and knowledge in communications, leadership and technology, and other essential skills to be able to work effectively in the fire service, fire prevention and fire protection industries.

Students are also able to apply the courses in the degree to gain state certifications needed for employment and promotion in the fire service.

Courses in the fire science technology degree program are offered online, in classroom settings or in a blended online/classroom format.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in the fire protection environment
  • Apply fire prevention codes, regulations, standards, and practices
  • Identify fire science and fire technology principles, concepts and practices and their application to public and life safety
  • Integrate command, management and leadership principles for emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Recognize how the built environment affects fire and life safety
  • Examine educational and training principles and ideologies for public and life safety disciplines

Program Requirements

General Education
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Requirement ~13
Mathematics or ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Requirement *~23
Gen. Ed. ElectiveSee Gen. Ed. Requirement ~33
Social Science See Gen. Ed. Requirements ~*3
Total Credit Hours15
+

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

~

This is a general education course.

1

Students planning to transfer to UCF should select from these humanities courses: ARH 1000, HUM1020, LIT 1000, ARH 2051, MUL 1010, PHI 2010, REL 2300, and THE 1000.

2

Students planning to transfer to UCF should select from these math courses: MGF 1106, MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 2233, or STA 2023. Students planning to transfer to UCF should select from these science courses: AST 1002, CHM 1020, PHY 2053C, BSC 1005, EVR 1001, BSC 1010C, and ESC 1000.

3

Students planning to transfer to UCF should take ECO 2013 or POS 2041.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

FFP 1000FIRE SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS3
FFP 2120Bldg Construct For Fire Servic 1,23
FFP 2720Company Officer 13
FFP 1505Fire Prevention 23
FFP 1540Private Fire Protection Sys I 23
FFP 2740Fire Service Course Delivery 13
FFP 1612FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION3
Electives 324
Gen. Ed. Courses15
Total Credit Hours60

 This course has a prerequisite; check description in the Valencia catalog.

 Any Valencia academic credit course including but not limited to FFP, EMT, or Paramedic.  Highly suggested to contact the Public Safety Career Program Advisor when selecting elective credits.

  1. FFP2120, FFP2720, FFP2740 are courses required for Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for Fire Officer I certification- students will need to take FFP2810, as an elective, to have all 4 courses for Fire Officer I certification
2

 FFP1505, FFP1540, FFP2120 are courses required for Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for Fire Safety Inspector I certification- students will need to take FFP2510 and FFP2521, as electives, to have all 5 courses for Fire Safety Inspector I certification

3
  • Any FFP courses can be used as electives- see notes 1 and 2. Other FFP courses will meet other state certification requirements. It is highly recommended that the student contact the Public Safety Career Program Advisor when selecting elective credits.
  • FFP1040, Minimum Standards Firefighter I and II Certification, can be used as a 3 credit elective.
  • EMS1119, EMS1119L, EMS1431L (12 credits-EMT certification) can be used as electives.
  • Any other 12 credits in EMS (Paramedic certification) can be used as electives.
  • Any other credit courses can be used as electives. It is highly recommended that the student contact the Public Safety Career Program Advisor when selecting elective credits.

Fire Fighter (Minimum Standards)

Career Certificate

Vocational Credit
Limited-Access

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is limited. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or a GED
  • Have no convictions of felonies or significant misdemeanors
  • Be of good moral character
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Cannot have a dishonorable discharge from the military

The Fire Fighter I course provides both practical applications and an orientation to the fire service. This course includes many functions required of a fire fighter such as: fire service safety; fire behavior; building construction; protective clothing; SCBA; portable extinguishers; ropes and knots; building search and victim removal; forcible entry tools; constructions techniques; ground ladders; ventilation; water supply; coupling; loading and rolling house; laying, carrying and advancing hose; water streams; Class A, C, D; vehicle and wildland fire control; sprinkler system fundamentals; salvage; overhaul and protecting evidence of fire cause; fire department communication; equipment and techniques; fire prevention and public fire education. The course also includes Awareness-Level Hazardous Materials Training. Upon completion of the program and a written state certification examination, the student will receive a Certificate of Competency from the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training as a Firefighter I.

The student must successfully complete the requirements and receive a Certificate of Competency for Fire Fighter I to enter Fire Fighter II. The Fire Fighter II course prepares the student to meet the requirements to become a state certified fire fighter. Course content includes implementing the incident management system; construction materials and building collapse; rescue and extrication tools; vehicle extrication and special rescue; hydrant flow and operability hose; tools and appliances; foam fire systems; ignitable liquid and gas fire control; fire detection; alarm and suppression systems; fire cause and origin; radio communications and incident reports pre-incident survey and wildlife fire fighting. Students must complete the program to be eligible and to test for certification with the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for a Fire Fighter II. This exam encompasses both written and practical skills tests. Certification is required in the state of Florida for fire fighters. 

  • Student must obtain a minimum of 90 clock hours of emergency medicine before receiving the BFST Fire Fighter II certificate.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire department organization, procedures and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal protective equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ventilation practices
  • Demonstrate the proper use of ropes, tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate proper use of fire hose, nozzles and appliances
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credit(s)
FFP 0010Firefighting I *2066.870
FFP 0020Firefighting II *1926.400
Total Credit Hours39813.270
*

This course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Fire Officer Supervisor

Technical Certificate

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Fire Service; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Fire Service.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as Firefighting and Prevention Supervisors (SOC 33-1021) to supervise firefighters who control and extinguish fires, protect life and property, and conduct rescue efforts. The program may also be beneficial to professionals seeking incentive benefits or career enhancement in the field. 

This program does not prepare students for certification as fire fighters.  A student must successfully complete the basic recruit program in firefighting to become certified, pursuant to Chapter 633, Florida Statutes.

This program does complete the requirements to be eligible to sit for Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) Fire Officer I certification exam.  A student must contact the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) for additional requirements.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 12 credit hours.

Standards

After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:

  • Explore the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled.
  • Comprehend the concepts of the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety.
  • Understand 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.
  • Discuss fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions.
  • Examine the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service.
  • Define risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, and emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue .
  • Discuss the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tort, liability, and a review of court cases.
  • Analyze the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground.
  • Identify 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 fire setter, and types of fire causes.
  • Describe and discuss methods of instruction involved in planning and conducting an effective training program for adult learners.
FFP 2120Bldg Construct For Fire Servic3
FFP 2720Company Officer3
FFP 2740Fire Service Course Delivery3
FFP 2810Fire Fightng Tactcs and Str I3
Total Credit Hours12

Fire Fighter- Emergency Medical Technician

This program will combine the successful completion of the Fire Fighter Minimum Standards Course and the Emergency Medical (EMT) Course into one Department of Education course completion point.  Students wishing to become a fire fighter and EMT will have the opportunity to select this program.  This combined program will meet the requirements for financial aid assistance for students who meet the financial aid assistance program.

Please see individual course descriptions for Fire Fighter and EMT for course details.

Program Outcomes

  • Meet the requirements for Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II per the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
  • Apply fire sciences theory and suppression techniques to the role of Fire Fighter
  • Use the proper techniques, strategies, tools, skills, and equipment employed by the fire services in a safe and efficient manner
  • Communicate effectively in a fire service environment
  • Apply interpersonal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills appropriate to the role of Fire Fighter in the classroom, in labs and in other practical application settings.
  • Work effectively as part of an inter-professional team with classmates, fire instructors, fire services personnel, other emergency response personnel and special populations
  • Perform the necessary duties of a fire fighter in such areas as: fire suppression, emergency patient care, environmental protection, and special rescue operations
  • Identify professional attitudes and behaviors consistent with the expectations of a professional fire fighter.
  • Perform entry level skills as described by the scope of practice for EMT.
  • Perform effective communication in the pre-hospital healthcare environment.
  • Structure a safe environment for patients in the pre-hospital setting.
  • Practice professional behaviors in the pre-hospital healthcare setting.
  • Execute safe clinical decision making in the pre-hospital environment.
FFP 0010Firefighting I206
FFP 0020Firefighting II192
EMS 0110 Emergency Medical Technician300
Total Credit Hours698