Program Description

(PF12) The Professional Firefighter Diploma program: is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the public safety area of firefighting. Upon completion of the Professional Firefighter program, students may be eligible for certification in the following areas: Firefighter I, Firefighter II.

(PFO2)   The Professional Fire Officer Diploma program: is a sequence of courses designed to prepare fire service personnel at all levels to become better officers and leaders. Each course provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

Nature of the Work

Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Firefighters help protect the public against these dangers by responding to fires and a variety of other emergencies. Although they put out fires, firefighters more frequently respond to other emergencies.They are often the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to treat injuries or perform other vital functions.

During duty hours, firefighters must be prepared to respond immediately to a fire or other emergency. Fighting fires is complex and dangerous and requires organization and teamwork.At every emergency scene, firefighters perform specific duties assigned by a superior officer. At fires, they connect hose lines to hydrants and operate a pump to send water to high-pressure hoses. Some carry hoses, climb ladders, and enter burning buildings—using systematic and careful procedures—to put out fires. At times, they may need to use tools to make their way through doors, walls, and debris, sometimes with the aid of information about a building’s floor plan. Some find and rescue occupants who are unable to leave the building safely without assistance.They also provide emergency medical attention, ventilate smoke-filled areas and attempt to salvage the contents of buildings. Firefighters’ duties may change several times while the company is in action. Sometimes they remain at the site of a disaster for days at a time, rescuing trapped survivors, and assisting with medical treatment.

Job Outlook

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job growth will stem from volunteer firefighting positions being converted to paid positions. In recent years, it has become more difficult for volunteer fire departments to recruit and retain volunteers, perhaps because of the considerable amount of training and time commitment required.

Furthermore, a trend toward more people living in and around cities has increased the demand for firefighters. When areas develop and become more densely populated, emergencies and fires affect more buildings and more people and, therefore, require more fire fighters.

Earnings

The average Fire Fighter salary in Georgia is $43,727 as of April 27, 2019, but the range typically falls between $32,796 and $54,659. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov

 

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Diploma
Professional Firefighter Diploma (51 hrs)
core courses
 
Basic Skills Courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
Professional Firefighter Diploma
occupational courses
 
COLL 1020 Albany Success Course
3
FRSC 1100 Introduction to the Fire Service
3
FRSC 1141 Hazardous Materials Operations
4
FRSC 1161 Fire Service Safety and Loss Control
3
FRSC 2120 Fire Protection Systems
3
FRSC 2130 Fire Service Building Construction
3
FRSC 1020 Basic Firefighter - Emergency Services Fundamentals
3
FRSC 1030 Basic Firefighter - MODULE I
5
FRSC 1040 Basic Firefighter - MODULE I 3
FRSC 1050 Fire and Life Safety Educator I 3
FRSC 1060 Fire Prevention, Preparedness and Maintenance 3
FRSC 1070 Introduction to Technical Rescue 4
FRSC 1080 Fireground Operations 3


Diploma
Professional Fire Officer Diploma (51 hrs)
core courses
 
Basic Skills Courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computer 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Professional Fire Officer Diploma
occupational courses
 
FRSC 1110 Fire Administration - Supervision & Leadership
3
FRSC 1132 Fire Service Instructor
4
FRSC 1151 Fire Prevention & Inspection
4
FRSC 2100 Fire Adnistration Management
3
MGMT 1310 Introduction to Quality Assurance
3
MGMT 1315 Define & Measure
3
MGMT 1320 Analyze, Improve & Control
5




*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 70 60
Reading Comp. 64 55
Arithmetic N/A 34
Algebra 57 N/A

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