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2021-2022 Health Professions, Public Safety Pathway
Health Professions Public Safety

Fire Science

Associate of Applied Science Degree

About the Program

The fire service is a highly dynamic profession that offers a variety of daily challenges to the professionals who work within it. The primary mission of the RCC Fire Science program is to prepare students for careers as firefighters. Students who complete the program will be prepared to meet the unique demands of a rewarding profession. The program prides itself on delivering the highest education available by following standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE). Fire Science program coursework is accredited by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for fire science programs are:

Perform safe and effective fire suppression techniques and hazard mitigation utilizing tools and appliances under high levels of stress. 

Perform an adequate patient assessment and formulate and implement a treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies. 

Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management of multiple personnel on emergency scenes. 

Describe and use defensive and safe driving techniques and the operation of emergency vehicles and fire pumps. 

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

The Fire Science program advisor will work with each student to design an individualized sequence of instruction.

Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED or equivalent for certification. In addition, students will be required to complete all screening requirements outlined in OAR 409-030-0190 and additional RCC requirements.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and the Fire Science program coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

90-93

Program Map

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Credits Alternate Course Comments

MTH20

Pre-algebra

0-4

 

 

RD90

College Reading

0-4

WR91

WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

WR90

Fundamentals of Composition

0-4

WR91

WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 1, 2

0-2

 

Prerequisites credits vary based on Placement Score(s):

0-14

 

 

Term 1

 

 

 

 

ES105

Introduction to Emergency Services

4

 

 

FRP251

Firefighter Level I 3

3

 

 

FRP251L

Firefighter Level I Lab 3

5

 

 

FRP256

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

 

 

FRP261

Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations

1

 

 

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Term 2

 

 

 

 

ES131

Emergency Medical Technician - Part I

5

 

 

ES131L

Emergency Medical Technician - Part I Lab

1

 

 

FRP233

Firefighter Safety and Survival

3

 

 

FRP252

Firefighter Level II

4

 

 

FRP262

Fundamentals of Fire Prevention

3

 

 

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Term 3

 

 

 

 

WR115

Introduction to Expository Writing

3-4

 BT113

or higher level writing course

ES132

Emergency Medical Technician - Part II

4

 

 

ES132L

Emergency Medical Technician - Part II Lab

2

 

 

LIB127

Introduction to Academic Research

1

 

 

MTH63

Applied Algebra I

4

MTH60

or higher level math

 

Total Credits:

14-15

 

 

Term 4

 

 

 

 

COMM100

Basic Communication

3-4

 

or higher level COMM course

ES171

Emergency Vehicle Operations

2

 

 

ES268

Emergency Service Rescue

3

 

 

ES295

Health and Fitness for Emergency Service Workers

3

HPE295

 

FRP242

Introduction to Codes and Ordinances

3

 

 

 

Total Credits:

14-15

 

 

Term 5

 

 

 

 

FRP249

Fire Service Leadership

3

 

 

FRP258

Pumper Operator I

3

 

 

FRP272

Fixed Systems and Extinguishers

3

 

 

FRP273

Fire Investigation

3

 

 

FRPELECTIVE

Fire Science Elective 4

3-4

FRP211

 

 

Total Credits:

15-16

 

 

Term 6

 

 

 

 

ES205

Crisis Intervention and Management for Emergency Services Workers

3

 

 

ES280

Cooperative Work Experience: Emergency Services 5

3

 

 

FRP259

Water Supply Operations

3

 

 

FRP264

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

 

 

FRP274

Firefighting Strategy and Tactics

3

 

 

 

Total Credits:

15

 

 

Approved Program Electives

(3-4 credits required)

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

BA214

Business Communications

4

FRP199

Fire Science: Selected Topics

1-3

FRP211

Hiring Practices in the Fire Service

3

FRP285

Fire Instructor I

3

PS203

State and Local Government

4

WR227

Technical Writing

4



1 Required for graduation.

2 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

3 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

4 A minimum of 3 total elective credits are required and a maximum of 4 elective credits are allowed.

5 Students with documented practicum experience need to complete electives to meet the minimum program total requirements.


For more information, contact the Emergency Services Department.

Emergency Services Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: emergencyservicesadvisors@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/emergencyservices
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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