Fire Science Technology Academy Track

Limited- Access

Graduates of this program will earn their A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology, and will also be also be prepared for certification as an EMT, Fire Fighter I & II and Fire Safety Inspector I.

  • Associate in Science Degree - Fire Science Technology
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technology) -Technical Certificate
  • Minimum Standards Training - Fire Fighter I and II - Career Certificate

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1743020112)

This program is designed for students who are seeking employment as fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, or fire inspectors or other fire services positions.

The Fire Science Academy Track is a cohort program; that is, students will complete the degree in fire science technology, the emergency medical technician program, and minimum standards fire fighter training.This program is designed to provide students with the education, training, skills, and abilities, for a successful fire service career. It will provide students with a strong educational foundation in fire science coupled with training and education in emergency medical services and firefighting.

Graduates of this program will earn the Associate in Science- Fire Science Technology Degree. and will be eligible to test for certification as Fire Fighter I and II, Fire Safety Inspector I, and Fire Officer I, per the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST). Please refer to the following website for specific information about certification requirements: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/SFM/BFST/Standards/default.htm

In addition graduates will be eligible to test for state board certification as an EMT adhering to the standards and regulations established by the U.S. Department of Transportation, State of Florida Department of Health/Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and the Committee on Accreditation of the Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Profession.

Note: In order to obtain certification for Fire Fighter from the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, students must successfully pass the BFST administered written and practical tests for FFII.

General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Fire Rescue Institute provides information about specific admission criteria.

Estimated program expenses are given in the financial section of this catalog.

Associate in Science Degree- Fire Science Technology

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses. A grade of “D”, “F”, or ”W” in any course will result in automatic dismissal from the program.

Note: The classroom sessions of the Fire Science Technology Degree will be delivered at the School of Public Safety, 8600 Valencia College Ln., Orlando, 32825.

(Please note the requirements for EMT training and Minimum Standards Training- Fire Fighter I and II below.)

EMT (Emergency Medical Technology)-Technical Certificate

For the EMT certificate a minimum grade of C is required in all courses to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements. All three courses must be completed with a “C” -75% or greater. Any student admitted to the Fire Science Academy program who fails or withdraws from any two EMS courses (can be the same course or two different courses) must petition the Health Sciences EMS Program Committee for re-evaluation and readmission. Students will be allowed to petition no more than one time.  If unsuccessful in any one of the three co-requisite components, the student will not receive a certificate and a letter of completion for the EMT program. Per State of Florida and Valencia College, EMT students must pass a cumulative class final exam (EMS 1119) and a Lab Final Trauma and Medical Practical Scenario Exam (EMS 1119L) with a minimum of 75% or better to successfully complete the EMT program. Any student that earns less than 75% on the Final Class Exam or the Lab Practical Final Scenario exams receive a final grade of “F”, regardless of previous class or lab average.

A grade of “D”, “F” or “W” in any EMT course will result in automatic dismissal from the program.

Note: The Emergency Medical Technician certificate will be offered at the West Campus of Valencia College, 1800 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811.

Minimum Standard Class (Firefighter I & II, MSC) Career Certificate

Students must achieve a minimum of 80% or greater average on all written evaluations and 70% or greater on all skill evaluations, at the end of the program, to successfully complete the MSC Program.  Students that are receiving benefits from  the Veterans Administration shall maintain an average of 80% or better for the tests taken for any one-subject test.  If not, the student will be dropped from the course when academic progress is not shown and the Veterans Administration will be notified.


Note: The Fire Fighter I and II program will be offered at the School of Public Safety and at the Fire Training Facility located at John Young Parkway and Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809.

The Fire Science Academy program at Valencia College is a Limited – Access Program. Admission to Valencia College does not imply acceptance to the Fire Science Academy. Students must apply and complete phases of the selection process before being accepted to the program.

Admission Requirements

  • be 18 years of age
  • be a high school graduate or equivalent or in the process of graduating when applying
  • Cannot have a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States, if the candidate is a veteran
  • be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products for at least 1 year immediately preceding application for Fire Fighter II, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant.
  • attend a mandatory informational session- Phase 1
  • complete and submit PERT results- test taken with the last year- Phase 1
  • complete and submit a questionnaire- Phase 1.
  • submit a high school transcript or GED- Phase 2
  • attend an oral interview - Phase 3
  • complete a physical examination and drug screening conducted by a physician, surgeon, physician’s assistant, or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (includes drug testing)- Phase 4
  • provide proof of health insurance- Phase 4
  • complete a criminal background check (fingerprinting) – Phase 4
     

Selection Phases

Phase 1

Candidates must:

  • be 18 years of age
  • be a high school graduate or equivalent or in the process of graduating when applying
  • cannot have a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States, if the candidate is a veteran
  • attend a mandatory informational session at the School of Public Safety

                   -  attendance will be taken

  • complete a Valencia College application-fee required
  • complete a Fire Rescue Institute application-fee paid in Phase 3

                    -  fee will cover criminal background check (fingerprinting)

                    -  candidate will be notified when and where to complete fingerprinting

  • complete PERT within the last year
  • complete a questionnaire
  • be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding application,

                        as evidenced by the signed affidavit of the applicant.

                            - affidavit will be notarized by the Fire Rescue Institute

  • submit the following

                           - Valencia College application

                           - Fire Rescue Institute application

                           - the PERT results- tests taken within the last year

                           - the completed questionnaire (with signed affidavit)

High school or GED transcripts can be unofficial for phase 1; an official high school transcript must be submitted if candidate proceeds to phase 3

             - ALL documentation must be submitted by a specific date to the Fire Rescue Institute

Note: The first 200 candidates who complete the process will be considered. The cutoff point for applications will be limited to 200.  Selection process will be a compilation of scoring phases 1 through 3 as listed below.

Candidates for Phase 1 will be graded based on the following:

  • all steps in phase I have been completed and are acceptable
  • the results from the PERT
  • a graded score based on the rubric used for the questionnaire
  • a graded score based on the rubric used for high school or GED transcript

Note: The first 200 candidates who complete the process will be considered. The cutoff point for applications will be limited to 200.  Selection process will be a compilation of scoring phases 1 through 3 as listed below.

Candidates for Phase 1 will be graded based on the following:

  • all steps in phase I have been completed and are acceptable
  • the results from the PERT
  • a graded score based on the rubric used for the questionnaire
  • a graded score based on the rubric used for high school or GED transcript

Phase 2

From phase 1, 30 candidates will be selected.

The candidate must:

  • attend and be prepared for an oral interview at the Fire Rescue Institute

Candidates for Phase 3 will be graded on the following:

·         graded score from the oral interview

·         cumulative scores from phases 1 and 2

Based on the criteria above, 25 candidates will be tentatively selected to attend the Fire Science Academy.

Phase 3

Candidates must:

  • pay Fire Rescue Institute application fee
  • complete a criminal background check (fingerprinting)
  • provide proof of health insurance
  • complete a physical examination and drug screening conducted by a physician, surgeon, physician’s assistant or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (costs required)
  • complete a Fit for Fire practical screening assessment
  • submit their official high school or GED transcript
  • be fitted for and obtained two sets of uniforms one week prior to the start of the fall semester
  • pay tuition to attend college courses for the fall semester

If the candidate is successful in completing Phases 1 through 3, then the candidate will be selected to attend the Fire Science Academy.

Note: Criminal background checks (fingerprinting), drug testing, physical examinations and sworn affidavits for non-use of tobacco products are required for the EMT program and for the Minimum Standards- Fire Fighter I and II program per Florida statute.

Start Right

The Fire Science Academy require students to complete the Fire Science Technology Associate Degree initially. The cohort of students will have a specific schedule of courses to complete, therefore there are no electives in the Fire Science Technology degree for the Fire Science Academy students.

All students will take the same courses and classes each semester, provided college credit has not been awarded per individual assessment.

Potential Careers

  • fire fighter
  • emergency medical technician
  • fire inspector
  • fire instructor
  • fire officer

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.salary.com (http://www.salary.com) or www.smart-college-choices.com (http://www.smart-college-choices.com)

Contacts

Fire Rescue Institute,

Lizza Burgos-Reynoso- Career Program Advisor

lburgosreynoso@valenciacollege.edu   or call 407-582-8155

For Information Sessions, Admission Guide, Program Application, and the most updated information, visit our website at: http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/fire-services/

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

The Fire Science Academy is a cohort program of 25 students. Students with previous EMT training (College credits or Certification) and Fire Fighter training or certification will not be eligible for the program. There will be a limit for previous college credit earned.

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, leadership and safety 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Plan of Study Grid
Year I
Fall TermCredit Hours
FFP 1000 FIRE SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS 3
FFP 1612 FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION 3
ENC 1101 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~ 3
MGF 1106 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS +*~ 3
FFP 1505 FIRE PREVENTION 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring Term
FFP 1540 PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I 3
FFP 2740 FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY 3
FFP 2120 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE 3
SPC 1608 FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~ 3
POS 2112 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT +*~ 3
 Credit Hours15
Summer Term
FFP 1040 INDUSTRIAL FIRE FIGHTING 3
 Credit Hours3
Year II
Fall Term
FFP 2810 FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I 3
FFP 2521 BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW 3
FFP 2510 FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS 3
FFP 2720 COMPANY OFFICER 3
PHI 2600 ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring Term
EMS 1119 FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 8
EMS 1119L FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE 2
EMS 1431L EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM 2
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60

Note:  

Students must successfully complete Fire Fighter I (FFP 0010) and Fire Fighter II (FFP 0020) to meet the graduation requirements for this program. Upon successful completion of these courses, students will be awarded (3 credits) for FFP 1040 Industrial Fire Fighting.