Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Fire Science Administration (AS)

BOYCE 

Associate of Science (330.2)

This program, which follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and the National Fire Academy models, prepares students to meet the challenges of preventing fires and reducing the loss of life and property in today's rapidly changing emergency services delivery system. The courses focus on analytical approaches to fire protection and investigation, personnel management, disaster and fire defense planning, hazardous materials management, fire-protection structure and system design, the role of the fire service within the community and political structure and the phenomena of fire propagation. The program improves the professional qualifications of all students and enhances their educational credentials and advancement prospects within their respective fields.

 Spring Enrollment Firefighter

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Seek employment as firefighters in public or private fire or emergency response rescue services, fire safety specialists, industrial safety specialists, underwriters, plan reviewers, code enforcement officers, insurance industry investigators, fire protection engineers or sales representatives for safety equipment companies.
  2. Identify the requirements of various fire protection environments and operate the equipment related to those environments.
  3. Prevent and mitigate hazards by means of identifying fire suppression and warning systems, building inspections and hazard descriptions.
  4. Apply safety codes and proper procedures for hauling and storing hazardous materials.
  5. Conduct origin and cause investigations of fires.
  6. Manage a fire protection organization through effective use of public and private emergency planning and resources.

CCAC may accept State and National certifications in place of courses in the Fire Science Administration (FSA) program.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 62

First Semester

Course #      

Course Name

Credits

CIT-100    

Computer Fundamentals & Applications 

3

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

FSA-102 

Principles of Emergency Services

3

FSA-103

Fundamentals of Fire Prevention & Fire Code Enforcement       

3

MAT-108 

Intermediate Algebra

4

   

 Total Credits

16

Second Semester

CHM-109

Introduction to Chemistry

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

FSA-105

Introduction to Fire & Emergency Services Administration 
starts spring 2013 replacing
Fire Company Officer

3

FSA-106

Elements of Building Construction 

3

PSY-107

Human Relations

3

   

Total Credits

16

Third Semester

FSA-107

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

FSA-201 

Fire Protections Systems starts spring 2013
replacing
Fire Protection Equipment & Alarm Systems

3

FSA-203 

Firefighting Tactics & Strategy                    

3

SPH-101 

Oral Communication

3

    

Restricted Elective1

3

   

Total Credits

15

Fourth Semester

FSA-205 

Principles of Firefighter Safety & Survival

3

FSA-206 

Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply 

3

FSA-207

Hazardous Materials Chemistry 

3

   

Restricted Electives1

6

    

Total Credits

15

1Restricted Electives

ALH-102 

Basic Emergency Management or
EMT   or 
First Responder as currently certified by the
Pennsylvania Department of Health

3

BUS-201

Human Resource Management 

3

CJC-101*

Introduction to Criminal Justice & Criminology

3

FSA-209

Fire Investigation 1

3

FSA-210

Emergency Services Course Delivery

3

FSA-211

Fire Administration

3

*Effective fall 2014, CJC-101 name is changed to Introduction to Criminal Justice.