This curriculum offers a balanced and broad education to students who plan to enter fire service as a career. It also helps active firefighters upgrade themselves for advancement within the service. Included are such specialized areas of instruction as fire prevention, investigation, protection systems and municipal public relations.

Students who successfully complete the Tri-C Fire Training Academy will receive credit for the following courses towards this program: 

EMT-1310Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
EMT-1320Heavy Rescue2
EMT-1330Defensive Driving - EMT1
FIRE-1100Principles of Emergency Services3
FIRE-1200Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival2
FIRE-1500Fire Behavior and Combustion2
FIRE-2321Fire Protection Systems2

Students who have State Certification in Firefighting can apply for comparable credit.

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Learn more here and here about how Fire Academy credits apply to the related degrees.

Related Training and Credentials

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Successful completion of Fire Academy and appropriate state certification.

Other Information

  • MATH-0955 or appropriate Math placement score is required to enroll in CHEM-1010.
  • Students who have State Certification in Firefighting can apply for prior learning assessment.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize and apply principles and practices of leadership and management in all aspects of departmental operations.
  2. Exhibit professional conduct that follows department, city, state and federal regulations, and promote sound physical, psychological, spiritual health and safety at all times.
  3. Communicate/educate verbally and in writing using appropriate technology with diverse colleagues, public administration and the community to provide direction and information about an event that meets the goals/objectives of the organization.
  4. Work with coworkers, internal and external agencies, and the community to resolve conflicts that achieve a common goal while respecting diverse beliefs and opinions.
  5. Apply knowledge of patient assessment and treatment to manage response personnel and be able to assess and treat medical emergencies within scope of practice.
  6. Respond to an event, evaluate the situation, and implement appropriate strategies and tactics to save lives, protect property and the environment, and mitigate the hazards in a safe and efficient manner.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
EMT-1310 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
EMT-1320 Heavy Rescue 2
EMT-1330 Defensive Driving - EMT 1
FIRE-1100 Principles of Emergency Services 3
FIRE-1200 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 2
FIRE-1500 Fire Behavior and Combustion 2
FIRE-2321 Fire Protection Systems 2
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
FIRE-1600 Fire Prevention 3
FIRE-2351 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FIRE-2401 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 3
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry  
Honors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours19
Third Semester
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
FIRE-1300 Fire Tactics and Strategy 3
FIRE-1400 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials 2
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Select one of the following: 3
American National Government  
Honors American National Government  
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
FIRE-2600 Fire Investigation Methods 3
FIRE-2720 Fire Service Training and Public Relations 2
FIRE-2730 Managing Fire Services 3
FIRE-2990 Fire Technology Professional Study 1
POL-1020 State & Local Government 3
SPCH-1000 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours61