Fire Services

Central Florida Fire Institute at Valencia

Valencia in collaboration with Central Florida fire agencies has established the premier Central Florida Fire Institute to provide career pathways to meet the needs of the fire service community in Central Florida, nationally, and globally. The programs infuse high quality and diverse learning and development opportunities to advance all professionals in the industry. The Central Florida Fire Institute prepares all levels of fire service professionals including the Fire Fighter, Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor. Also, the Fire Science Technology Associate in Science degree program provides opportunities for students to continue to the bachelor’s degree in partnership with UCF DirectConnect.

Fire Science Technology

Associate in Science Degree with Specializations in:

  • Firesafety Inspector I
  • Firesafety Inspector II
  • Fire Investigator I

The Fire Science Technology degree program offers the student a scientific understanding of fire hazards and their control with emphasis on effective operating procedures at fires and other emergencies. 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. Students may choose from five specializations that also can be taken independently as certificate programs. Courses may be available online and in the classroom.

It will prepare students for enhanced employment opportunities to serve their communities. The technical certificates range between 6-15 credit hours in length while integrated into the A.S. Degree.

This program is approved by the Florida Division of the State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. This program prepares students for certifications as Fire Officers, Fire Inspectors, Fire Investigators, and Fire Instructors. In addition, this program can be useful toward a career in other public service careers or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

After completion of the program, students are eligible to take state examinations for various certifications in the State of Florida.

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

Students who have completed the EMS 1119 FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY/EMS 1119L FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE and EMS 1431L EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM and/or possess a Florida EMT Certification are eligible for up to 11 credit hours toward the degree upon review.

Students who have successfully completed a state-certified training academy and passed a recognized state certification exam for Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II or Fire Investigator I, may also be eligible to receive college credit for certain courses in this program upon review. For information and requirements, visit the Valencia Web site at http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_alternative.cfmto view the Alternative Award of Credit agreement and complete a request form. To have the credit awarded, students should bring the required documentation to the Fire Science department for verification and approval. Students are strongly encouraged to consult the Fire Science department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Completers of the Fire Fighter program with state certification at Osceola County Tech Center (TECO) may be eligible for the award of credit in specific courses in this program. For information and requirements, visit the Valencia Web site at http://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the Credit for Approved Industry Certifications agreements.

Several Florida public universities provide opportunities for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. 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 universities. For more information on UCF’s B.A.S. degree, go to regionalcampuses.ucf.edu/program/applied-science. For other transfer options that may be available, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

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 have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement, which is two years of the same high school foreign language.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Students wishing to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution.

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 athttp://valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/fire-services/

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

Certificate Programs

Our technical certificate programs prepare students to take the state certification exam with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training and become certified in each of the corresponding areas. All of the certificates are college credit certificates and will apply as credit toward the A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology except for the Fire Fighter and Fire Apparatus Operator programs.  Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information.

  • Fire Company Management (15 credits) - technical certificate
  • Fire Safety Inspector I (15 credits - technical certificate
  • Fire Safety Inspector II (12 credits) - technical certificate
  • Fire Investigator I (12 credits) - technical certificate
  • Fire Instructor (6 credits) - technical certificate
  • Fire Fighter - Minimum Standards (Career Certificate)
  • Fire Apparatus Operator (Career Certificate)

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.salary.com or www.smart-college-choices.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

Heidi Shugg, Career Program Advisor: 407-582-8155
hshugg1@valenciacollege.edu

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

If you have earned an approved Florida certification as a Firefighter, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer, EMT or other approved fire certifications, you may be eligible to receive credit toward this A.S. degree, based on review of the required documentation.

Program Requirements

General Education
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Requirement (GR) ~13
Mathematics or ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Requirement (GR) +*~23
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY ~33
or SYG 2000 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY.
Gen. Ed. ElectiveSee Gen. Ed. Requirement ~3
Total Credit Hours15
+

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

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

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This is a general education course.

1

Students planning to transfer to UCF should select from these humanities courses:  EUH 2000, EUH 2001, ARH 2050, ARH 2051, LIT 2110, LIT 2120, MUL 1010, PHI 2010, REL 2300, and THE 1020.

2

Students planning to transfer to UCF should select from these math courses: MGF 1106, MAC 1105, MAC 1114, MAC 2233, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, and STA 2023. Students planning to transfer to UCF should select from these science courses: AST 1002, CHM 1020, PHY 2053C, PSC 1020C, BSC 1005, BSC 1050, BSC 1010C, and ESC 1000.

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Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree. For students who are interested in pursuing UCF's B.A.S. degree, 36 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.  It is also recommended that those students take PSY 2012 General Psychology rather than SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Fire Officer Specialization

The Fire Officer specialization is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Fire Officer . Students must be a Florida certified Fire Fighter and complete this program to be eligible to apply and test with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for a Fire Officer I or II certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply group dynamics and team building in fire service experiences
  • Perform effective communication in the fire service environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire situational analysis and its impact on firefighter safety
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fire inspection process
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inspection practices for fire protection systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the incident management system
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the five categories of terrorist incidents
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of building construction on fire fighting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of leadership
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and present in-service training
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the five main observable tactical considerations and the 15 points of size-up
FFP 1109FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH3
FFP 1505FIRE PREVENTION3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2720COMPANY OFFICER3
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY3
FFP 2741FIRE SERVICE COURSE DESIGN3
FFP 2810FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I3
FFP 2811FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS & STRATEGY II3
Electives ^15
General Education Requirements ~15
FFP 1000INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE3
Total Credit Hours60
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This course has a prerequisite, check descriptions in the Valencia catalog

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Any course with a FFP prefix, CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE,  and up to one course from each general education area of the General Education Requirements.

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This is a general education course.

Firesafety Inspector I Specialization

The Firesafety Inspector I specialization is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Firesafety Inspector I. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal. These careers include building inspection to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and State laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions. Students who complete the program in Firesafety Inspector I will be eligible to apply and test with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for Firesafety Inspector I certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply group dynamics and team building in fire service experiences
  • Perform effective communication in the fire service environment
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Life Safety Code
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inspection practices for fire protection systems
  • Define types of building classifications and construction types.
  • Demonstrate ability to properly classify types of occupancies
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret conventions, symbols, and notes on architectural drawings of residential, light and heavy commercial buildings
FFP 1109FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH3
FFP 1505FIRE PREVENTION3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2510FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS3
FFP 2521BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW3
Electives ^27
General Education Requirements ~15
Total Credit Hours60
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This course has a prerequisite, check descriptions in the Valencia catalog

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Any course with a FFP prefix, CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE; and up to one course from each general education area of the General Education Requirements.

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This is a general education course.

Firesafety Inspector II Specialization

This Firesafety Inspector II specialization is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Firesafety Inspector II. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal, and Fire Service Administrator that have responsibility for such tasks as inspecting properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issuing hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance. Students must be a Florida certified Fire Fighter, Firesafety Inspector, or Police Officer and complete this program to be eligible to apply with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for a Fire Inspector II certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply group dynamics and team building in fire service experiences
  • Perform effective communication in the fire service environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of chemical reaction: oxidation, reduction and combustion
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pre-engineered systems; extinguishing agents; alarm systems associated with pre-engineered systems; and inspection procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to differentiate between accidental and incendiary fire causes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire service public information policies and various means to communicate them to the public
FFP 1109FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH3
FFP 1111FIRE CHEMISTRY3
FFP 2541PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS II3
FFP 2610FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN DETERMINATION3
FFP 2706FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER3
Electives ^30
General Education Requirements ~15
Total Credit Hours60
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This course has a prerequisite, check descriptions in the Valencia catalog

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Any course with a FFP prefix, CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE; and up to one course from each general education area of the General Education Requirements.

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This is a general education course.

Fire Investigator I Specialization

Fire Investigator I specialization is open to firefighters and police officers and is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Fire Investigator I. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Marshal, and Law Enforcement Investigator. These occupations include the examination of fire sites and collection of evidence such as glass, metal fragments, charred wood, and accelerant residue for use in determining the cause of a fire; coordination with other agencies; instructing children about the dangers of fire; dusting evidence or portions of fire scenes for latent fingerprints. Students must be a Florida certified fire fighter, Firesafety Inspector, or Police Officer and must complete this program to apply and test with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for Fire Investigator I certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply group dynamics and team building in fire service experiences
  • Perform effective communication in the fire service environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of chemical reaction: oxidation, reduction and combustion
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classifications, controls and applications of automatic sprinkler systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inspection practices for fire protection systems
  • Define types of building classifications and construction types
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various types of building construction and their effect on fire propagation, smoke generation and control
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the path of travel of fire, heat and smoke
  • Demonstrate the ability to differentiate between accidental and incendiary fire causes
FFP 1109FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH3
FFP 1111FIRE CHEMISTRY3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2610FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN DETERMINATION3
Electives ^30
General Education Requirements ~15
Total Credit Hours60
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Any course with a FFP prefix, CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS, SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE, and up to one course from each general education area of the General Education Requirements.

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This is a general education course.

Notes:

  • CGS 2100C COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS is a transferable course.
  •  Students who are Florida certified Fire Fighters are eligible for up to three credits toward the A.S. degree upon review.
  • Students who have completed the EMS 1119 FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY/EMS 1119L FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE and EMS 1431L EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM and possess an EMT Certification are eligible for up to 11 credit hours toward the degree upon review.
  • Recommended Electives include SLS 1122 NEW STUDENT EXPERIENCE.

All specialized courses are offered at the Criminal Justice Institute Campus located at 8600 Valencia College Lane (near the East Campus) in Orlando.

Several Florida public and private universities provide opportunities, in addition to the Articulated A.S. to B.S. transfer option, for A.S. degree graduates to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Information on some of these transfer options, including UCF’s Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree, may be found at valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm.

Fire Services - Central Florida Fire Institute at Valencia

Fire Company Management

This program is designed to prepare individuals for acquiring professional certifications as fire officer and opportunities for career advancement.  Program 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 Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster. 

Program Outcomes

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. 
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety.
  •  Understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and how to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems.
  •  Examine the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service.
  •  Analyze the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2720COMPANY OFFICER3
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY3
FFP 2810FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I3
Technical Electives3
Total Credit Hours15

Firesafety Inspector I

Technical Certificate

The Firesafety Inspector I Technical Certificate program is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Firesafety Inspector I. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal. These careers include building inspection to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and State laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions. Students who complete the program in Firesafety Inspector I will be eligible to apply and test with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for Firesafety Inspector I certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the Life Safety Code
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inspection practices for fire protection systems
  • Define types of building classifications and construction types
  • Demonstrate ability to properly classify types of occupancies
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret conventions, symbols, and notes on architectural drawings of residential, light and heavy commercial buildings
FFP 1505FIRE PREVENTION3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2510FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS3
FFP 2521BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW3
Total Credit Hours15

Firesafety Inspector II

Technical Certificate

This certificate is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Firesafety Inspector II. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal, and Fire Service Administrator that have responsibility for such tasks as inspecting properties that store, handle, and use hazardous materials to ensure compliance with laws, codes, and regulations, and issuing hazardous materials permits to facilities found in compliance. Students must be a Florida certified Fire Fighter, Firesafety Inspector, or Police Officer and complete this program to be eligible to apply with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for a Fire Inspector II certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of chemical reaction: oxidation, reduction and combustion
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pre-engineered systems; extinguishing agents; alarm systems associated with pre-engineered systems; and inspection procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to differentiate between accidental and incendiary fire causes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fire service public information policies and various means to communicate them to the public
FFP 1111FIRE CHEMISTRY3
FFP 2541PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS II3
FFP 2610FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN DETERMINATION3
FFP 2706FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER3
Total Credit Hours12

Fire Investigator I

Technical Certificate

This certificate is open to firefighters and police officers and is designed to incorporate the theory and applications necessary to become a certified Fire Investigator I. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Marshal, and Law Enforcement Investigator. These occupations include the examination of fire sites and collection of evidence such as glass, metal fragments, charred wood, and accelerant residue for use in determining the cause of a fire; coordination with other agencies; instructing children about the dangers of fire; dusting evidence or portions of fire scenes for latent fingerprints. Students must be a Florida certified fire fighter, Firesafety Inspector, or Police Officer and must complete this program to apply and test with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for Fire Investigator I certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of chemical reaction: oxidation, reduction and combustion
  • Demonstrate knowledge of classifications, controls and applications of automatic sprinkler systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inspection practices for fire protection systems
  • Define types of building classifications and construction types
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various types of building construction and their effect on fire propagation, smoke generation and control
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the path of travel of fire, heat and smoke
  • Demonstrate the ability to differentiate between accidental and incendiary fire causes
FFP 1111FIRE CHEMISTRY3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2610FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN DETERMINATION3
Total Credit Hours12

Fire Instructor

Technical Certificate

This Technical Certificate program prepares the student to design and utilize a lesson plan and present a class. This curriculum is intended to facilitate the development of nationally applicable performance standards for uniformed fire service personnel. The program prepares the prospective instructor to design, present and develop a training curriculum; evaluate the performance of assigned firefighting personnel; direct the training of firefighters, assigning of instructors to training classes, and providing supervisors with reports on training progress and status. Students must have six years of experience as a regular member of an organized fire department and must complete this program to be eligible to apply and test with the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for a Fire Instructor I certification.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the preparation of the physical training environment and the importance of student interaction to learning
  • Give presentations and lead discussions by knowing their group, organizing their presentations, watching their body language, adding visual aids and making smooth transitions
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and present in-service training
  • Assess training needs and develop appropriate instruction and assessment tools to address them
  • Prepare effective lectures by demonstrating ways to gain the audience's interest, maximizing understanding and retention, involving participants during lectures, and reinforcing lectures
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY3
FFP 2741FIRE SERVICE COURSE DESIGN3
Total Credit Hours6

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
  • Must be a Florida certified EMT-Basic or Paramedic
  • Have no convictions of significant misdemeanors or felonies
  • Be of good moral character
  • Must be in good physical condition

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.

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 Credits
FFP 0010FIREFIGHTING I *2066.870
FFP 0020FIREFIGHTING II *1926.400
FFP 0363EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR 200.670
Total Credit Hours41813.940
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This course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Fire Apparatus Operator

Career Certificate

Vocational Credit
Limited-Access

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a state certified fire fighter.

This program includes an understanding of hydraulics and fluid dynamics, principles of fire department water supply, nomenclature and operations of fire apparatus, appliances, municipal and rural water systems, maintenance, and safety in operational procedures. Students will learn the use of safety procedures, tools, equipment, materials, and processes related to fire fighting. Practical applications will be provided through lab and field training experiences.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform basic hydraulic calculations that will give the proper flow rate, tip pressure and pumping capacity
  • Demonstrate knowledge of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901 and applicable state laws and rules by listing and discussing key provisions of each as they relate to fire apparatus
  • Demonstrate knowledge of friction loss by defining friction loss and calculating it over different lengths and diameters of fire hose
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively drive fire apparatus by driving the serpentine course, the alley dock exercise, opposite alley dock exercise, and the diminishing clearance exercise without error
  • Demonstrate the ability to draft tandem and relay pumping by performing drafting, tandem, and relay pumping operations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of gauges and valves by identifying and reading all gauges on a typical fire apparatus as well as identifying and operating all valves on a typical fire apparatus
Course Title Contact Hours Vocational Credits
FFP 0360FIRE APPARATUR OPERATOR 802.670
Total Credit Hours802.670

EMS 1119 FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
8 semester hours

Prerequisites: Minimum PERT scores of 84 on reading, 90 on writing, and 96 on math or equivalent scores on other state-approved entry test (CPT); OR minimum grades of C in either REA 0007C or EAP 1520C, and in either ENC 0015C or EAP 1540C, and in MAT 0018C; OR a minimum PERT score of 96 or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test (CPT) or minimum grade of C in MAT 0018C, and a minimum LOEP score of 106. Corequisites: EMS 1119L and EMS 1431L Develops health professional capable of providing basic life support in all aspects of emergency medical care. Student learns assessment in medical and trauma emergencies, stabilization of illness/injury and patient transport

EMS 1119L FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE
2 semester hours
6 lab hours

Corequisites: EMS 1119 and EMS 1431 Laboratory exercises emphasize patient assessment, radio communications, airway management, bandaging, splinting, CPR, methodologies of shock treatment, obstetrical assistance, extrication, MAST applications, working with cardiac monitors, setting up IVs and others. (Special Fee: $123.00)

EMS 1431L EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL PRACTICUM
1 semester hour
3 lab hour

Corequisites: EMS 1119 and EMS 1119L Allows student to apply in clinical setting (emergency department and field units) skills learned in lab portion of course. (Professional liability insurance required.) (Special Fee: $60.00)

ENC 1101 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I
3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Score of 103 on writing component of PERT or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test or minimum grade of C in ENC 0025C or EAP 1640C, and a score of 106 on reading component of PERT or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test or minimum grade of C in REA 0017C or EAP 1620C. Development of essay form, including documented essay; instruction and practice in expository writing. Emphasis on clarity of central and support ideas, adequate development, logical organization, coherence, appropriate citing of primary and/or secondary sources, and grammatical and mechanical accuracy. Gordon Rule course in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. Minimum grade of C is required if ENC 1101 is used to satisfy Gordon Rule and General Education Requirements

FFP 0010 FIREFIGHTING I
6.87 semester hours

Co-requisite: FFP 0020 This course of study is the first of two parts, which prepares the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to safely and dependably perform fire-rescue duties as a firefighter. This course is co-requisite with FFP 0020 for those desiring to become state certified firefighters

FFP 0020 FIREFIGHTING II
6.4 semester hours

Co-requisite: FFP 0010 This co-requisite course with FFP 0010 is the second of the two-part series, which prepares the student for participating in the state certification examinations administered by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training for obtaining a state of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance. Students must have successfully completed all aspects of FFP 0010 in order to participate in this course

FFP 0360 FIRE APPARATUR OPERATOR
2.67 semester hours

The curriculum covers the laws, rules and driving techniques for emergency vehicles, as well as a review of fire service hydraulics. Fireground evolutions and a driving course make up the practical part of the course. The evolution portion of the course includes the use of pre-connected lines, tandem pumping, drafting, relays and master streams. The student should have a basic understanding of fire stream hydraulics prior to entering this course. Students must bring gloves and proper attire for water pumping exercises

FFP 0363 EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR
0.67 semester hours

This course teaches the emergency vehicle operator proper driving techniques, the mental and physical aspects of the driving task, to identify physical forces, legal aspects, vehicle inspection, safe driving techniques, and the long-term impact of an accident on the operator, the emergency service organization, and the community when an emergency vehicle is involved in an accident

FFP 1109 FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
3 semester hours

A study of the guidelines for establishing an occupational safety and health program for a fire department, plus safety procedures for members involved in rescue, fire suppression, and related activities. Emphasis I placed on performance objectives, and not a single correct way to achieve compliance. The guidelines discussed in the course are flexible, so students can customize an occupation safety and health program that will meet their specific needs

FFP 1111 FIRE CHEMISTRY
3 semester hours

A study of basic physical and chemical properties of materials applicable to the chemistry of fire. Emphasis is on emergency situations and the most favorable methods of handling incidents involving hazardous material

FFP 1505 FIRE PREVENTION
3 semester hours

A study of the principles of fire prevention and investigation. It includes a study of fire hazards in various occupancies; a review of fire prevention codes; a study of procedures and techniques of fire prevention inspection, public relations, methods of determining the area of fire origin, fire cause, fire spread and location and preservation of evidence

FFP 1540 PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I
3 semester hours

This course is a survey of fire protection systems and domestic water supply. The operational feature and functional characteristics of fire detection and suppression systems and devices will be studied

FFP 1824 BASIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
1 semester hour

This is a course of study of the principles and features of an Incident Command System (ICS), how an incident command system is organized, incident facilities and their purposes (such as but not limited to command post, staging area, bases, camps, and heliports-helispots), incident resources such as strike teams, task forces and single resources; and common responsibilities such as communications and forms in incident management

FFP 1825 INTERMEDIATE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
1 semester hour

Prerequisite: FFP 1824. This is a continuation of the study of the Incident Command System (ICS), constructing an incident management organization for a given incident or event, including appropriate procedures for establishing command, transferring command, and terminating an incident, demonstrating knowledge of efficient incident resource management including logistics, finance, administration, and record-keeping, demonstrating a a familiarity with air operations, and demonstrating knowledge of incident planning processes

FFP 1832 EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO TERRORISM; BASIC CONCEPTS
1 semester hour

This course of study is designed primarily for fire-rescue and EMS personnel, although other emergency responders can benefit from the course. A background in hazardous materials is helpful but not required. The course covers the history and categories of terrorism and terrorist organizations in the United States and abroad, self-protection measures to be taken at explosive and nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) incidents, crime scene and perimeter control procedures, defensive tactical operations, and building an Incident Command organization for terrorism responses

FFP 2120 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE
3 semester hours

The course examines the various types and methods of building construction and their influence on fire travel and life safety. Fire resistance of building materials and problems inherent in new construction as well as existing buildings are examined closely

FFP 2510 FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS
3 semester hours

This course is a study of building and life safety codes in relation to types of occupancies, building design, fire resistance of building materials, fire problems inherent in structures and life safety considerations. A problem solving emphasis is used to provide opportunities fro application of building and life safety code enforcement methods to prevent and correct building design problems

FFP 2521 BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW
3 semester hours

A comprehensive study of building construction blueprints and plans. The course will teach the student how to assimilate information contained in construction working drawings, specifications, interpreting conventional graphic communications, and accepted standards and conventions related to fire protection and prevention inspections

FFP 2541 PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS II
3 semester hours

A study of pre-engineered and portable systems, extinguishing agents, inspection procedures for code compliance and enforcement, and alarm systems

FFP 2610 FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN DETERMINATION
3 semester hours

A study of an arson investigator’s responsibility in determining the point of origin, cause and development of a fire; motives of fire setters; methods used to determine the accidental or intentional nature of a fire; correct procedures of investigation, evaluation of evidence and prosecution

FFP 2706 FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
3 semester hours

The student will be prepared to serve effectively as an organizational spokesperson, according to the current practices in the profession of public relations in relationship to the Fire Service. Particular emphasis will be placed on case studies in crisis communications and the role of the Public Information Officer (PIO) in the Incident Management System (IMS)

FFP 2720 COMPANY OFFICER
3 semester hours

A study of the basic concepts of fire company leadership, including the human skills, leadership tools, problem solving, and goal achievement of a company officer. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the officer in the setting of the fire company

FFP 2740 FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY
3 semester hours

A study of the instructor’s responsibility for communication, learning and teaching concepts, job analysis, teaching objectives and instructional aids use. This course is required to become eligible to sit for the Florida State Fire Officer certification exam

FFP 2741 FIRE SERVICE COURSE DESIGN
3 semester hours

A study of how to develop courses based on nationally applicable performance standards for uniformed fire service personnel and to provide the knowledge, skill, and ability to develop a training curriculum

FFP 2770 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES FOR THE FIRE SCIENCE
3 semester hours

An introduction to the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tot, liability, and a review of relevant court cases

FFP 2780 FIRE ADMINISTRATION
3 semester hours

An in-depth review of the principles of organization and administration in fire protection service; the structure and function of the department, battalion and company as components of municipal organization; duties and responsibilities of the fire officer; a study of fire personnel management, training, budgeting, records, reports and other relations

FFP 2810 FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I
3 semester hours

This course is a study of the basic concepts involved in fire fighting, including the behavior, fire fighting fundamentals and principles of extinguishment; the proper role for a utilization of various fire companies and pre-planning fire problems

FFP 2811 FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS & STRATEGY II
3 semester hours

Prerequisite: FFP 2810 This course is a study of the principles utilized on the fire ground for maximum manpower and equipment utilization; fire ground administration starting with a small fire on up through major conflagrations. Emphasis will be on developing thinking skills in relation to crises

PSY 2012 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 semester hours

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of theory and research in the major areas of psychology, biological, experimental, developmental, social, cognitive, personality, and clinical. This factual and conceptual foundation in psychology will help students understand behavior and apply psychological principles in a variety of settings and to their own lives

SYG 2000 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY.
3 semester hours

Enables student to understand social behavior and social processes and become familiar with vocabulary and methodology of discipline of sociology. Emphasis on culture and personality, age and sex roles, family, deviant behavior, social class and stratification, group behavior and social change