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.

The Fire Science Academy is a cohort program of 30 students. Students in this program will have the opportunity to complete the A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, and the minimum standards Fire Fghter training as a team of academy students.

The Fire Science Academy 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.

All of the fire science technology degree courses and the Fire Fighter I and II classes fulfill the requirements of the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology
Graduates of this program will earn the A.S. Degree in Fire Science Technology. Students must successfully complete each course in the Fire Science Academy Program in order to receive an Associate in Science Degree.

Fire Fighter I & II Minimum Standards Training
Graduates of this program will also be eligible to test for certification as Fire Fighter I and II and Fire Safety Inspector I per the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST). Note: In order to obtain certification for Fire Fighter from the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, students must successfully pass the written and practical tests for FFII.

EMT Technical Certificate
Graduates of this program will also earn the EMT Technical Certificate and 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.

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.

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

Note:

The classroom session of the Fire Science Technology Degree will be offered at the School of Public Safety, 8600 Valencia College Ln., Orlando, 32826.

(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 Standards Training - Fire Fighter I and II

The Fire Fighter (Minimum Standards) program includes both Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II, and is designed to incorporate orientation to the fire service with the necessary theory and applications needed to become a certified Fire Fighter. This program qualifies students to take the state certification exam with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (which includes both written and practical skills) to become a Certified Fire Fighter in the state of Florida. This is a vocational credit, limited-access program. A minimum grade average of 80 or better is required in to successfully complete Fire I and II.

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 32939.

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

  • be18 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 4

            - 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- test taken within the last year

             - the completed questionnaire (with signed affidavit)

             - ALL documentation must be submitted within a specific two week time frame 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 4 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

From phase 1, 100 candidates will be selected.

Phase 2 Candidates must:

  • submit a high school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or GED to the Fire Rescue Institute

Candidates for Phase 2 will be graded on the following:

  • graded score from the matrix used for the high school transcript

Based on the criteria above, 50 candidates will be selected to move on to phase 3.

Phase 3 Candidates 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

Based on the criteria above, 30 candidates will be tentatively selected to attend the Fire Science Academy.

Phase 4 Candidates who have been tentatively selected to attend the Fire Science Academy 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

If the candidate is successful in completing Phases 1 through 4, then the candidate will be selected to attend the Fire Science Academy.

  • 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 each semester.

Potential Careers

  • Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • Fire Instructor
  • Fire Officer

Salary & Earnings Information

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

Contacts

Lizza Burgos-Reynoso, Career Program Advisor
lburgosreynoso@alenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-8155

OR

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

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

The Fire Science Academy is a cohort program of 30 students. Students with previous EMT training (credits) and Fire Fighter training 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.
Year ICredit Hours
Fall Term
FFP 1000INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE 3
FFP 1612FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION 3
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
MGF 1106COLLEGE MATHEMATICS +*~3
FFP 1505FIRE PREVENTION 3
Spring Term
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I 3
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY 3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE 3
SPC 1608FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH ~3
POS 2112STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT +*~3
Summer Term
FFP 1040INDUSTRIAL FIRE FIGHTING 3
Year II
Fall Term
FFP 2810FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I 3
FFP 2521BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW 3
FFP 2510FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS 3
FFP 2720COMPANY OFFICER 3
PHI 2600ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING 3
Spring Term
EMS 1119FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 8
EMS 1119LFUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE 2
EMS 1431LEMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM 2
 Total Credit Hours: 60.0

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.