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Program Contacts

Program Director Kenny Krebbs (928) 717-7911
Associate Dean Kim Ewing (928) 717-7923
Dean Scott Farnsworth (928) 776-2234

Quick Facts


About the Fire Science - Basic Firefighter Certificate

The Basic Firefighter certificate program is designed to prepare students for positions as career and volunteer firefighters at the entry level. Some students may already be employed at the entry level and are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fire Science - Basic Firefighter Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the proper uses for various equipment/tools, the care and use of fire equipment ladders, and perform basic ladder raises for multi-person ladders. (FSC 105)
  2. Describe and perform standard hose rolls and carries used by the fire service. (FSC 105)
  3. Explain the need for proper ventilation. (FSC 105)
  4. Explain the method and theory of fire cause determination as it applies to the firefighter to include securing the scene and legal considerations. (FSC 105)
  5. Identify and explain the components and value of automatic sprinkler systems. (FSC 105)
  6. Perform various drags, lifts, carries, wall breaching, narrow-space manipulation and hoisting techniques directly related to firefighter safety and self-survival. (FSC 105)
  7. Identify various hazardous materials and their potential dangers. (FSC 104)
  8. Perform CPR for victims of all ages and demographics. (EMS 132)
  9. Provide first aid for victims of all ages and demographics. (EMS 132)
  10. Describe principles and techniques of emergency medical care as performed by the EMT-Basic in accordance with national and state curriculum. (EMS 132)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
EMS132 Emergency Medical Technician

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
EMS 132. Emergency Medical Technician (10). Principles and techniques of emergency medical care as performed by the EMT Basic in accordance with national and state curriculum. Preparation for the National Registry of EMT Certification Examination. Requirements: TB skin test or chest x-ray within 6 months and photo id. Must demonstrate reading proficiency at the 10th grade level (minimum Compass reading score of 77) and be 17.5 years of age at the start of class. Nine lecture. Three lab. (A-F grading only.)

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
2. EMS history and systems
3. EMS safety and wellness
4. Medical, legal and ethical issues
5. Communication and documentation
6. Basic anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment and triage
7. Lifespan development
8. Airway management, respiration and ventilation
9. Medical emergencies including respiratory, cardiac, stroke, diabetic, anaphylaxis, poisons, diseases, environmental and behavioral, emergency childbirth and associated management principles
10. Bleeding, shock and associated management principles
11. Soft tissue injuries, burns, fractures, head, chest and abdominal injuries, nervous system injuries and associated management principles
12. Special patient populations
13. EMS operations
14. Intravenous monitoring
15. Blood glucose monitoring
16. Epinephrine auto-injector

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Perform one and two person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the adult, child and infant patient according to the latest American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider standards. (1, 5, 7, 8)
2. Manage scene safety including personal protective equipment in the workplace. (2, 12, 13)
3. Determine priorities of care. (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-11)
4. Define the role, scope of practice, legal and ethical responsibilities of an EMT. (2-4)
5. Assess, manage, and stabilize patients of all ages suffering airway obstructions, respiratory arrest and cardiac arrest with the use of CPR, automated external defibrillator, ventilatory assistance and oxygen. (1, 6-9, 12, 16)
6. Assess, manage, and stabilize patients of all ages with medical emergencies and emergency childbirth. (1, 6-10, 12, 14-16)
7. Assess, manage, and stabilize patients of all ages suffering bleeding, shock, soft tissue injuries, burns, fractures, nervous system injuries, head, chest and abdominal injuries. (1, 6- 12, 14, 15)
8. Prepare the patient for transport to an appropriate medical facility with a minimum of aggravation to the patient’s illness or injury. (3, 5, 7-14)
9. Prepare a comprehensive patient care report for each patient assessed in the hospital clinical setting. (4, 5)

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FSC104 Haz Mat First Responder Op

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
FSC 104. Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (3). Introduction to the major categories of hazardous materials. Includes detection, identification, scene management, basic training, equipment planning, strategy and tactics in the management of hazardous materials incidents. Preparation for Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence certification. Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. The hazardous material problem
2. Recognizing and identifying hazardous materials
3. Flammable hazardous materials
4. Reactive hazardous materials
5. Toxic hazardous materials
6. Basic equipment and safety practices
7. Size-up, tactics and strategy
8. Scene management
9. Pre-emergency planning

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify various hazardous materials and their potential dangers, including identification of placarding, labeling and shipping manifests. (1, 2)
2. Respond to and control flammable, reactive and toxic hazardous materials incidents. (3-5)
3. Use procedures necessary for effective size-up, tactical planning and scene management. (7, 8)
4. Identify systems for assessing possible intervention. (7)
5. Identify the three-tier concept of hazardous materials planning. (8)
6. Interpret the hazard and response information for a chosen chemical from the current edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). (2, 5, 6)
7. Remove a victim from a contaminated area, wash the victim, remove contaminated gear, and coordinate transporting the victim to a facility of higher care. (5-8)
8. Complete SCBA donning procedures within one minute. (6)
9. Match the type of control options for each response objective: absorption, damming, diking, dilution, diversion, retention, vapor dispersion, remote valve shut-off. (2, 6, 8)
10. Apply “Class B” firefighting foam(s) or vapor suppressing agent(s) on a spill or fire involving hazardous materials. (8, 9)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Pre- and Post-test

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FSC105 Firefighter I & II Cert Acad

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
FSC 105. Firefighter I & II Certification Academy (12). Essentials of firefighting including fire department operations, firefighting equipment, and safety. Emphasis on the chemistry of fire, techniques of firefighting, and utilization of equipment in fire suppression. Preparation for State Fire Marshal Fire Fighter I and II certification. Pre-requisite: FSC 104 (may be taken concurrently). Ten lecture. Six lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Fire department organization
2. Fire behavior
3. Fireground and station safety
4. Ropes and knots
5. Water supply
6. Fire apparatus
7. Fire hose and evolutions
8. Fire service ladders and evolutions
9. Power tools
10. Building construction
11. Forcible entry
12. Search and rescue
13. Ventilation
14. Salvage and overhaul
15. Structural firefighting and organization
16. Electricity
17. Special firefighting techniques and hazard emergencies
18. Firefighter maintenance
19. Fire prevention and fire investigations
20. Firefighter safety and survival techniques

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe theory of fire behavior, phases of fire, types of fires and methods of fire control. (2,5)
2. Show the proper rope inspection procedure as well as the established standard knots and hitches used by the fire service. (4)
3. Discuss the proper uses for various equipment/tools. (3,6,9,11,13)
4. Explain the care and use of fire service ladders and perform basic ladder raises for multi-person ladders. (8)
5. Describe the standard hose rolls and carries used by the fire service. (7)
6. Explain the need for proper ventilation. (10,13)
7. Show proper salvage cover placement and proper salvage and overhaul techniques. (14)
8. Describe basic building construction and building features as they apply to firefighting. (10)
9. Explain the reasons for and show ability to don the self-contained breathing apparatus and complete the crawl-through course. (12)
10. Perform basic forcible entry through various barriers using the proper tools and procedures. (11)
11. Successfully ventilate a structure utilizing both horizontal and vertical techniques with the proper equipment. (13)
12. Explain the method and theory of fire cause determination as it applies to the firefighter to include securing the scene and legal considerations. (16)
13. Explain the components of automatic sprinkler systems and the value of the systems. (16)
14. Design an inspection program for their community. (16)
15. Perform various drags, lifts, carries, wall breaching, narrow-space manipulation and hoisting techniques directly related to firefighter safety and self-survival. (15,17) 16. Explain the organizational model of the fire service. (1) 17. Practice the use of personnel accountability systems and of the NIMS incident command system. (1)

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