Fire Services

Fire Rescue Institute at Valencia

Valencia College in collaboration with Central Florida fire agencies has established the premier Fire Rescue 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 Fire Rescue 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’s Direct-Connect.

Fire Science Technology

Associate in Science Degree with Specializations in:

  • Fire Officer
  • Fire Prevention

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. Students may choose from two specializations enabling them to apply to the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training to test for fire service certifications. Courses are available online, blended and in the classroom.

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.

After completion of certain courses, students are eligible to take state examinations for various fire service 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 technical electives upon review.

Students who are Florida certified EMT and/or Paramedic are eligible for up to 18 credits toward the A.S. degree technical electives upon review...

Students who possess a recognized Florida State certification  for Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, Fire Investigator I, Life Safety Educator I&II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Instructor II, or Fire Instructor III 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.cfm to view the Alternative Award of Credit agreement 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.

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 desire to continue their education to the Bachelor’s Degree should consult their university of choice for acceptance requirements 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 Fire Rescue Institute 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 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.

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 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

Check out our certificate programs below. These certificate programs will put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate 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 can be applied toward the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information.

  • Fire Officer Supervisor (12 credits)

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 ~13
Mathematics or ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Requirement +*~23
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY ~3
or SYG 2000 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY.
Gen. Ed. ElectiveSee Gen. Ed. Requirement ~33
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.

Fire Officer Specialization

The Fire Officer specialization is designed to incorporate theories and applications of the fire service for those who may pursue a career as a fire service officer.  This specialization will provide the student with the knowledge critical thinking skills needed to become a successful officer in today’s fire service.

The following courses will be required for a student to earn an A.S. degree with a Fire Officer Specialization and qualify the student for the Fire Officer Supervisor college credit certificate which is recognized by the Florida Department of Education:

Fire Officer Specialization 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
General Education Requirements Noted Above ~15
FFP 1000INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2720COMPANY OFFICER3
FFP 1505FIRE PREVENTION3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY3
FFP 2810FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I3
FFP 2811FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS & STRATEGY II *3
FFP 2741FIRE SERVICE COURSE DESIGN *3
FFP 1612FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION3
Electives Any General Education or FFP Courses ^15
Total Credit Hours60
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 This course has a prerequisite; check description 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.

Electives
FFP 1111FIRE CHEMISTRY3
FFP 2510FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS3
FFP 2521BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW *3
FFP 2541PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS II *3
FFP 2706FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER3
FFP 2610CFire Cause and Origin Determination3
FFP 2770ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES FOR THE FIRE SCIENCE3
FFP 2780FIRE ADMINISTRATION3
FFP 1109FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH3


Fire Prevention Specialization

The Fire Prevention specialization is designed to incorporate the theories and applications necessary to become a successful Fire Prevention specialists. Career opportunities include Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal, and Fire Investigator. 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.

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

The following courses will be required for a student to earn an A.S. Degree with a Fire Prevention Specialization:

General Education Requirements ~15
FFP 1000INTRODUCTION TO FIRE SCIENCE3
FFP 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2720COMPANY OFFICER3
FFP 1505FIRE PREVENTION3
FFP 1540PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS I3
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY3
FFP 1612FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION3
FFP 2510FIRE CODES AND STANDARDS3
FFP 2521BLUEPRINT READING AND PLANS REVIEW *3
FFP 2541PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS II *3
FFP 2610CFire Cause and Origin Determination3
FFP 2706FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER3
or FFP 1793 FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR
Electives Any General Education or FFP Courses9
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.

Electives
FFP 1111FIRE CHEMISTRY3
FFP 2706FIRE SERVICE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER3
FFP 1793FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATOR3
FFP 2741FIRE SERVICE COURSE DESIGN *3
FFP 2810FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I3
FFP 2811FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS & STRATEGY II *3
FFP 2770ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES FOR THE FIRE SCIENCE3
FFP 2780FIRE ADMINISTRATION3
FFP 1109FIRE DEPARTMENT OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH3

Fire Services - Fire Rescue Institute at Valencia

COLLEGE CREDIT CERTIFICATE

Fire Officer Supervisor

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 Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster; 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 Law, Public Safety and Security career cluster.

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 not complete the requirements to be eligible to sit for Bureau of Fire Standards and Training (BFST) certification exams.  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 2120BUILDING CONSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRE SERVICE3
FFP 2720COMPANY OFFICER3
FFP 2740FIRE SERVICE COURSE DELIVERY3
FFP 2810FIRE FIGHTING TACTICS AND STRATEGY I3
Total Credit Hours12

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 Credit(s)
FFP 0360FIRE APPARATUS OPERATOR 802.670
Total Credit Hours802.670