Fire Science Technology

Associate of Applied Science, 60 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Austin, Online Course(s)
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall, Spring
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters
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Program Starts

Fall Semester - First Year

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FIRE1000
Fire Prevention

This course provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Topics include: history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. Prerequisite: None (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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FIRE1100
Firefighter I

This course is designed to cover the necessary skills to perform the basic duties of firefighting including thought processes used to decide appropriate operations. This includes the duties of rescue, exposure protection, confining the fire, extinguishing the fire, overhaul, salvage and ventilation. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for the Minnesota State Fire Certification Board exam. (5 Cr - 3 lect, 2 lab)

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FIRE1110
Hazardous Materials Operations

This course introduces the basic skills necessary to safely and effectively manage on-scene operations involving the uncontrolled release of dangerous chemicals. It focuses on those individuals in local jurisdictions who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. Those individuals respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release as their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. (2 Cr - 1.5 lect, .5 lab)

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FIRE1106
Firefighter II

This course is designed to enhance the skills necessary to perform basic duties of firefighting, including thought processes used to decide on appropriate operations. This includes specialized rescue, building construction and fire cause determination. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for the Minnesota State Fire Certification Board exam. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of FIRE 1100. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1200
Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1 & 7)

This course focuses on communicating more effectively in personal, social, and professional environments and examining the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication. The course also addresses such topics as self-esteem, listening, effective language, nonverbal communication, assertiveness, leadership, conflict, cultural communication, and computer-mediated communication. Human diversity issues and cultural/intercultural factors and how they affect human communication are examined. MnTC (Goals 1/CM 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Spring Semester - First Year

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EMER1200
Emergency Medical Technician

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system (EMS). EMTs perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. This course will provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician's exam. (7 Cr - 3 lect, 4 lab)

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FIRE1115
Principles of Emergency Services

This course provides an overview to fire protection and emergency services; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as a part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics; life safety initiatives. Prerequisite: None (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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SPAN1300
Spanish for Emergency Medical Services and Firefighters

This beginning-level course is designed for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers and firefighters who need to speak Spanish in order to perform their required duties more effectively. Coursework will involve an introduction to and practice with vocabulary, phrases, and questions specific to real-life situations for those professions. Emphasis will be placed on active participation and role-playing. Previous knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations

This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC1115
Stress Management and Coping Skills

This course describes the physical and psychological effects of stressors on the individual; the connection between stress, health and disease; and several methods of decreasing the negative effects of stress on the individual's health. Each student will be encouraged to identify and explore the areas of stress in the student's own life. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to choose and practice several of the stress reduction methods discussed in this course. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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Fall Semester - Second Year

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FIRE2004
Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

This course provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. Prerequisite: 4 years of high school math or minimum successful completion of MATH 0570 - Intermediate Algebra or ACT Math score of 22 or above or appropriate Accuplacer score. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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FIRE2002
Building Construction for Fire Prevention

This course provides the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. The elements of construction and design of structures are shown to be key factors when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies. (Prerequisites: FIRE 1115) (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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FIRE2001
Strategy & Tactics

This course covers basic fire fighting tactics and strategy used in all types of fire emergencies. Preplanning, size-up, rescue, exposures, confinement, ,ventilation, salvage, incident management, application of tactics based on the selected strategy, and principles of fire ground control through utilization of personnel, equipment and extinguishing agents will be addressed. (Prerequisites: FIRE 1115) (3 CR - 3 lect. 0 lab)

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FIRE2008
Vehicle & Machinery Extrication

This course will enable the student to recognize conditions requiring vehicle or machinery rescues and teach them the proper techniques to size up an incident, to stabilize a vehicle and machinery during a rescue incident, and to disentangle the victim. This course is based on the standards Vehicle and Machinery Search and Rescue of NFPA1670. Prerequisite: FIRE 1106 (1 CR - lect. 0 lab)

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FIRE2003
Fire Behavior and Combustion

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread and are controlled. Included in this course is theory of combustion reactions in solids, liquids and gasses, the physical and chemical properties of combustion, terminology associated with fire and combustion along with fire dynamics and suppression. Prerequisite: None (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2)

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Spring Semester - Second Year

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FIRE2005
Fire Instructor I

This course focuses on planning and providing instruction and enhances the necessary skills such as: communication, concepts of learning, methods of teaching, organizing a class, performance evaluations, lesson plans and use of instructional materials. This course addresses the job performance requirements of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 1041 Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications. Prerequisite: FIRE 1100, FIRE 1110 & FIRE 1106 (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)

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FIRE2006
Fire Officer I

This course provides emergency services personnel with information necessary to meet the job performance requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications for level I officers. It provides knowledge for developing successful leadership and administrative skills. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in: FIRE 2005 (2 CR -2 lect. 0 lab)

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FIRE2000
Fire Protection Systems

This course provides information relating to the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. Prerequisite: None(2 Cr -2 lect, 0 lab)

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PHIL1130
Ethics (Goal 6 & 9)

This course introduces the student to fundamental ethical principles developed throughout the history of philosophy through the study of classical and modern writings. Students are encouraged and challenged to apply such principles to contemporary issues. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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FIRE2007
Principles of Fire & Emergency Services and Survival

This course introduces the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. This course will address history of the fire service; national context-health and safety; training ,equipment and response; organization health and safety profile; risk management and fire prevention. Prerequisite: None (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: May 7, 2014