Program Description

The Fire & Emergency Services Occupation degree program is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in the public safety areas of fire service and emergency medical services. Upon completion of the Fire & Emergency Services Occupation degree, students may be eligible for certification and/or licensure in the following areas: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, EMT and AEMT. Note: criminal background checks and drug screens are required for participation in clinical experiences.

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 change. Employment of firefighters is expected to grow by 19 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is faster than 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.


Median annual wages of firefighters were $44,260 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,180 and $58,440.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $72,210. Median annual wages were $44,800 in local government, $45,610 in the Federal Government, $25,300 in other support services, and $37,870 in State governments.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Fire Fighters, on the Internet at


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Fire & Emergency Services Occupation (62 hrs)
core courses
Area I Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
Area II Social/Behavior Sciences
XXXX xxxx Social/Behavior Science course
Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111 College Algebra
MATH 1101 Math Modeling 3
Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts
XXXX xxxx Humanities/Fine Arts course
Fire and Emergency Services Occupation
occupational courses
FRSC 1020 Basic Firefighter - Emergency Services Fundamentals
FRSC 1030 Basic Firefighter - MODULE I 3
FRSC 1040 Basic Firefighter - MODULE II
FRSC 1060 Fire Prevention, Preparedness and Maintenance
FRSC 1070 Introduction to Technical Rescue
FRSC 1080 Fireground Operations
EMPS 1110 Introduction to the EMT Profession
EMPS 1120 EMT Assessment/Airway Management and Pharmacology
EMPS 1130 Medical Emergencies for the EMT 3
EMPS 1140 Special Patient Populations
EMPS 1150 Shock and Trauma for the EMT
EMPS 1160 Clinical and Practical Applications
EMPS 1510 Advanced Concepts for the AEMT
EMPS 1520 Advanced Patient Care for the AEMT
EMPS 1530 Clinical Applications for the AEMT
EMPS 1540 Clinical and Practical Applications for the AEMT

*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.


Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 64  
Reading Comp. 60  
Arithmetic 40  
Algebra N/A  

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