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General Catalog 2006-2007

Programs and Courses

Fire Science

General Information

For Information: Mike Osborn
Phone: 623.845.3172

Student Goals: Career-related

The Fire Science program at Glendale prepares the student primarily for a career in the fire service, although the program would enhance one’s performance in safety education, arson investigation, and related careers.

Greater Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the “Sun Belt,” and the need for firefighters will increase in direct proportion to the total population. Although competition is heavy for available positions, the applicant with a Fire Science background has a significant advantage over those without training. A degree in Fire Science does not, however, guarantee employment. Persons already employed as firefighters can expect the attainment of the degree to be an asset when seeking promotion within a fire department or district.

FSC110 - Wildland Firefighter training classes which meet the National Wildland Coordinating Group S-130, S-190 and I-100 learning objectives, are offered weekends during the Spring and Fall semesters. Registration information is available by contacting the FSC Department.

Special Qualifications: To be considered for employment in local fire departments, a candidate must meet the following minimum standards:

  1. United States citizenship
  2. A high school diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  3. No felony conviction in any state or federal jurisdiction
  4. A medical examination by a licensed physician attesting that no physical conditions exist which would adversely affect the performance of duties as a fire fighter
  5. Successful completion of the agility and written (general knowledge) tests and oral interview as specified by the employing fire department
  6. Proportional height and weight
  7. Minimum age as required by law

Note: Students should consult with a department advisor in planning their academic schedule in order to complete degree requirements in an expedient manner. Due to limited course offerings, degree seeking students may find it necessary to extend completion time lines and attend both day, evening, and weekend classes.

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Fire Science Technology
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) / 71-79 credits

Program Description: The Fire Science program is designed for students who desire advanced training as professional firefighters, basic preparation courses for a career in fire science, or a better understanding of fire hazards and problems in the field. Completion of the two-year program will qualify students for the Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology. A Certificate of Completion in Fire Science is also offered. A Certificate of Completion in Fire Academy is also a feature of the curriculum. An application for admission to the Fire Science Academy is required.

Admission Criteria: An application for admission and acceptance to the Fire Science Academy is required.

Program Prerequisites: 8 (credits)

+ EMT104 Basic Emergency Medical Technology 8 credits

Required Courses: (37-45 credits)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses listed in the program.

+ FSC102 Fire Department Operations (11) or
   FSC113 Introduction to Fire Suppression (3)
   FSC105 Hazardous Materials/First Responder
   FSC106 Introduction to Fire Protection
   FSC108 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
   FSC117 Fire Apparatus
   FSC118 Fire Hydraulics
   FSC119 Introduction Fire Science Ethics
   FSC130 Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT
   FSC131 Introduction to Urban Technical Rescue
   FSC134 Fitness and Conditioning/Firefighters
   FSC202 Supervisory Training for Firefighters
+ FSC204 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy
+ FSC208 Firefighter Safety and Building Construction

3-11 credits
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
3
3
3
3
3

Restricted Electives: 9 (credits)

   ACC211 Financial Accounting
+ ACC212 Managerial Accounting
   CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems
+ FSC101 Intro to Fire Service Selection
+ EMT/FSC238 Vehicular Extrication and Patient Stabilization
   FSC110 Wildland Firefighter
+ FSC205 Command Strategies for Major Emergencies
   FSC209 Fire Investigation
+ FSC211 Fundamentals of Flammable Hazardous Materials
+ FSC212 Dangerous and Explosive Hazardous Materials
   FSC213 Hazard Categorization (HAZCAT)
   FSC298++ Special Projects (Note: any module)
3 credits
3
3
3
2
2
3
3
3
3
1
1-3

General Education Requirements: 25 (credits)

Core: (15 credits)
First-Year Composition:
+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) and
+ ENG111 Technical Writing (3)
   (ENG102 is acceptable with department approval
    if ENG111 is not available.)
Oral Communication:
   COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) or
   COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) or
+ COM225 Public Speaking (3) or
+ COM230 Small Group Communication (3)
Critical Reading:
+ CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading I (3) or
+ CRE111 Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3)
Mathematics:
   MAT102 Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) or
+ MAT122 Intermediate Algebra or
   Equivalent

Distribution: (10 credits)
Humanities and Fine Arts:
   Any approved course, see here.
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
   POS130 State and Local Government (3) or
   POS221 Arizona Constitution (1) and
+ POS222 U.S. Constitution (2)
Natural Sciences:
   BIO102 General Biology (Non-Majors): Additional Topics (4) or
+ CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) and
   CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) or
+ PHY101 Introduction to Physics (4)

6 credits




3




3


3





3

3



4

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Fire Academy Certificate / 22 credits

Program Description: This program is designed to prepare a student for a career in the fire service. Emphasized in the curriculum are the practical firefighting & medical operations and procedures necessary for emergency operation. This fire academy offers the firefighter/firefighter candidate the necessary course of instruction & training to efficiently and effectively perform modern firefighting duties. The program is designed to be a two-semester academy. All credits are applicable to a degree in fire science. At the completion of the program and with the satisfactory passing of the necessary state exams, state certification in Firefighter I & II is granted and EMT certification also.

Program Prerequisites : 4 (credits)

A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses within the program.

   FSC105 Hazardous Materials/First Responder
   FSC130 Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT
3 credits
1

Required Courses: 19 (credits)

A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses within the program.

   EMT/FSC104 Basic Emergency Medical Technology
+ FSC102 Fire Department Operations
   FSC134 Fitness and Conditioning/Firefighters

8 credits
11
3

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Fire Science Certificate / 46-54 credits

Program Description: The Fire Science certificate program is designed for students who desire advanced training as professional firefighters, basic preparation courses for a career in fire science, or a better understanding of fire hazards and problems in the field. However, because of accident liability, hands on experiences are limited to in-service personnel. Required and Elective courses for this certificate are the same as those for the Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Science. Students who complete this certificate may later qualify for the AAS degree by also completing the general education requirements for that degree.

Program Prerequisites: (8 credits)

(+) indicates course prerequisites.

+ EMT104 Basic Emergency Medical Technology 8 credits

Required Courses: (37-45 credits)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses listed in the program. (+) indicates course prerequisites.

+ FSC102 Fire Department Operations (11) or
   FSC113 Introduction to Fire Suppression (3)
   FSC105 Hazardous Materials/First Responder
   FSC106 Introduction to Fire Protection
   FSC108 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
   FSC117 Fire Apparatus
   FSC118 Fire Hydraulics
   FSC119 Introduction Fire Science Ethics
   FSC130 Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT
   FSC131 Introduction to Urban Technical Rescue
   FSC134 Fitness and Conditioning/Firefighters
   FSC202 Supervisory Training for Firefighters
+ FSC204 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy
+ FSC208 Firefighter Safety and Building Construction

3-11 credits
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
3
3
3
3
3

Restricted Electives: (9 credits)

(+) indicates course prerequisites.

   ACC211 Financial Accounting
+ ACC212 Managerial Accounting
   CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems
+ FSC101 Intro to Fire Service Selection
+ EMT/FSC238 Vehicular Extrication and Patient Stabilization
+ FSC205 Command Strategies for Major Emergencies
   FSC209 Fire Investigation
+ FSC211 Fundamentals of Flammable Hazardous Materials
+ FSC212 Dangerous and Explosive Hazardous Materials
   FSC213 Hazard Categorization (HAZCAT)
   FSC298++ Special Projects (Note: any module)
3 credits
3
3
3
2
3
3
3
3
1
1-3

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Emergency Management
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) / 64 credits

Program Description: The AAS in Emergency Management provides the student with knowledge and skills required to conduct a comprehensive emergency management program. The program prepares students to manage fire department operations, hazardous materials incidents, tactics, strategy, and safety of firefighting activities, and customer service in the public sector. The student will be prepared for positions such as Emergency Manager, Emergency Management Planner, Emergency Operations Coordinator, Environmental Compliance Planner, and Emergency Management Specialist, working in state, local, federal, and international governments, business and industry, military installations, and health care facilities.

Required Courses: 24 (credits)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses within the program.

   AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
   AJS/FSC139 Emergency Response to Terrorism
   AJS/FSC146 Disaster Recovery Operations
   AJS/FSC147 Emergency Preparedness
   AJS/FSC148 Fundamentals of Emergency Management
   AJS/FSC149 Hazard Mitigation
   FSC105 Hazardous Materials/First Responder
+ FSC205 Command Strategies for Major Emergencies
3 credits
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Restricted Electives: 15-18 (credits)

   AJS195 International and Domestic Terrorism
   AJS225 Criminology
   AJS270 Community Relations
   AJS275 Criminal Investigation I
   FSC125 Hazardous Material Emergency Scene Management
   FSC127 Codes/Regulations and Contingency Planning
                   for Hazardous Materials Response
   FSC131 Introduction to Urban Technical Rescue
+ FSC204 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy
+ FSC211 Fundamentals of Flammable Hazardous Materials
+ FSC212 Dangerous and Explosive Hazardous Materials
3 credits
3
3
3
1

1
3
3
3
3

General Education Requirements: 25-27 (credits)

Core: 15-17 (credits)
First-Year Composition: 6
+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) and
+ ENG102 First-Year Composition (3)
Oral Communication: 3
Any approved course, here.
Critical Reading: 3
Any approved course, here.
Mathematics: 3-5
Any approved course, here.

Distribution: 10 (credits)
Humanities and Fine Arts: 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice (3)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3
AJS258 Victimology and Crisis Management (3)
Natural Sciences: 4
Any approved course, see here.


6 credits


3

3

3-5



3

3

4

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Emergency Management Certificate / 18 credits

Program Description: The CCL in Emergency Management provides the student with knowledge and skills required to conduct a comprehensive emergency management program. The program prepares students to manage fire department operations, hazardous materials incidents, tactics, strategy, and safety of firefighting activities, and customer service in the public sector. The student will be prepared for positions such as Emergency Manager, Emergency Management Planner, Emergency Operations Coordinator, Environmental Compliance Planner, and Emergency Management Specialist, working in state, local, federal, and international governments, business and industry, military installations, and health care facilities.

Required Courses: 18 (credits)

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses within the program.

AJS/FSC139 Emergency Response to Terrorism
AJS/FSC146 Disaster Recovery Operations
AJS/FSC147 Emergency Preparedness
AJS/FSC148 Fundamentals of Emergency Management
AJS/FSC149 Hazard Mitigation
AJS/FSC224 Incident Command Systems
3 credits
3
3
3
3
3

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Course Descriptions

Course Availability: (F) Fall, (S) Spring, (D) Day, (E) Evening, (Su1) Summer 1, (Su2) Summer 2, (O) Occasionally, (+) indicates course prerequisities

Fire Science Technology (FSC)

FSC101
Intro to Fire Service Selection / 3 credits 4 periods

Overview of the application and selection processes utilized by various fire departments and fire service organizations. Elements of fire service colture and their effects on personal growth and interpersonal relationships. Major components of written application processes, requirements, preparation of resumes and their effect on employment prospects. Preparation for the interview to include communications skills, mental preparation techniques, behaviors, and the importance of the interview in the pre-employment process. Preparation for insite experiences at a fire station. General components of the selection process, the importance of general education, and components of life long learning in career choices. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

FSC102
Fire Department Operations / 11 credits 19.6 periods

Introductory fire science course primarily designed for the fire department recruit. Includes firefighting skills, equipment, and administrative policies, fire department operations, personnel policies, and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Practical Skills Testing. Prerequisites: (EMT104, FSC105 and FSC130) and permission of instructor. Corequisites: FSC134. (F,S,D,E)

FSC105
Hazardous Materials/ First Responder / 3 credits 3 periods

Basic methods of recognition and identification based upon the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment; basic tactical information relating to scene management. Confined space operations in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E,Su1,Su2,D)

FSC106
Introduction to Fire Protection / 3 credits 3 periods

History and evaluation of fire department organization. Role of the fire service in the community. Responsibilities of the fire administrator including organization, departmental functions, interdepartmental relationships, management of buildings and equipment; techniques of fire-fighting. Also includes emergency medical services and fire prevention. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,Su1,D,E)

FSC108
Fundamentals of Fire Prevention / 3 credits 3 periods

Fundamentals of fire prevention. Includes techniques, procedures, regulations, and enforcement. Also includes discussion of hazards in ordinary and special occupancies. Field trips and lectures from industry also included. Prerequisites: None. (S,E)

FSC110
Wildland Firefighter / 2 credits 2 periods

Basic level course for individuals with little or no experience in the wildland environment. Preparation for performing as a beginning level wildland firefighter with an organized fire department engine or hand crew. Prerequisites: None. (S,E)

FSC113
Introduction to Fire Suppression / 3 credits 3 periods

Characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazard properties of ordinary materials, extinguishing agents, fire suppression organization and equipment, basic fire fighting tactics, and public relations as affected by fire suppression. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

FSC117
Fire Apparatus / 3 credits 3 periods

Principles of care, maintenance, and operation of fire apparatus and pumps. Includes pump construction and accessories, pumping techniques, power development, and transmission. Driving, troubleshooting, and producing effective fire streams. Prerequisites: None. (F,D,E)

FSC118
Fire Hydraulics / 3 credits 3 periods

Review of basic mathematics. Hydraulic laws and formulas as applied to the fire service. Application of formulas and mental calculations to hydraulic problems, water supply variables, and discharge requirements for pumpers. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

FSC119
Introduction Fire Service Ethics / 3 credits 3 periods

Ethical issues, standards, and philosophical consideration of moral problems encountered in fire service. Ethical responsibility of fire service personnel and those they serve. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,E)

FSC126
Refresher Training for Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational / 1 credit 1 period

Review of fundamentals of containment, prevention, and knowledge of basic hazard and risk assessment techniques. Topics include protective clothing, containing and controlling specific hazards, vapor suppressions, and cooling of tanks. Meets the requirements of the Department of Labor Part III; Occupational Safety and Health Act 29; Code of Federal Regulations Part 1910; Hazardous Waste Operational and Emergency Response; Final Rule March 6, 1989 governing Refresher Training. Prerequisites: FSC105. (F,S,E)

FSC130
Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT / 1 credit 1.5 periods

Skills and abilities required for entry level position in the fire service including physical ability, and stamina. Opportunity to take the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) at the end of the course. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D,E)

FSC131
Introduction to Urban Technical Rescue / 3 credits 3 periods

Practical application of safe rescue practices for urban technical rescue. Includes ropes and rope systems, trench rescue, confined-space rescue, swiftwater rescue, and rescue from collapsed structures. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,E)

FSC134
Fitness & Conditioning/ Firefighters / 3 credits 4.6 periods

Overview of all aspects of fitness for current and prospective firefighters. Includes mental aspects of performance for optimal achievement on fire department agility tests and firefighting tasks; physical fitness and workout techniques as they apply to performing specific firefighting tasks; individual conditioning strategies, nutritional guidelines, and basic exercise principles. Lifelong fitness and conditioning. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D)

FSC152
Engine Company Officer / 1 credit 1 period

Overview of all aspects of engine company operations including the activities and responsibilities performed by the captain as well as mechanisms for developing a personal supervisory style. Designed for the aspiring company officer or anyone having the opportunity for the role of a company officer. Prerequisites: None. (O)

FSC202
Supervisory Training for Firefighters / 3 credits 3 periods

Administrative methods applied to fire service, departmental organization, and personnel management. Includes fire alarm signaling systems, fire service planning, and relationships with other city departments. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,E)

FSC204
Firefighting Tactics and Strategy / 3 credits 3 periods

Methods of coordinating personnel, equipment, and apparatus on the fireground. Practical methods of controlling and extinguishing structural and other types of fires. Includes simulation exercises. Prerequisites: FSC113 or permission of instructor or equivalent. (S,E)

FSC205
Command Strategies for Major Emergencies / 3 credits 3 periods

Effective methods of managing major emergency incidents including multiple alarm structural fires, high rise fires, major brush fires, complex hazardous materials incidents and multi-casualty medical incidents. Includes incidents that require the commitment of resources based on a transitional situation and/or managing the effective interaction between numerous agencies to achieve control. Prerequisites: FSC204. (F,E)

FSC208
Firefighter Safety and Building Construction / 3 credits 3 periods

Actions necessary to provide for the safety of firefighters operating on the fireground. Effects that fire and heat may have on various types of building construction resulting in the loss of structural integrity. Includes signs and symptoms of structural damage. Prerequisites: FSC113 or permission of instructor or equivalent. (F,S,E)

FSC209
Fire Investigation / 3 credits 3 periods

Methods of determining point of fire origin, path of fire travel, and fire cause. Includes recognizing and preserving evidence; interviewing witnesses; arson laws and types of arson fires; and court testimony, reports, and records. Prerequisites: None. (F,E)

FSC213
Hazard Categorization (HAZ CAT) / 1 credit 1 period

Fundamentals of basic chemical identification for field application. Includes demonstration of sampling techniques, safety, key charts, test descriptions and use, and flow charts for tactical application at hazardous materials incidents. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,E)

FSC220
Fire Officer Leadership I / 3 credits 3 periods

Supervisory capabilities which includes leadership skills and management styles. Also includes stress management, communication and motivational skills, and roles of the company officer. Role playing and case studies emphasized throughout. Prerequisites: FSC202 or permission of instructor. (F,S,E)

FSC221
Ladder Company Officer / 1 credit 1 period

Overview of all aspects of ladder company operations including activities, expectations, and responsibilities required of the ladder captain. Designed for the company officer who aspires to the role of ladder company officer. Prerequisites: None. (O)

FSC226
Incident Safety Officer / 3 credits 3 period
s
Comprehensive review of the critical factors that threaten the safety and well being of operating firefighting crews with an emphasis on the role an Incident Safety Officer has in recognizing, minimizing and mitigating threats. Focus on the Principles and types of construction, building dating, Smoke and Fire size-up, unique building types and standard company operations within Incident Management System providing the framework for effective Incident Safety Officer actions and overall impact on fire ground safety. Safety of Fire companies operating on every other type of incident in which a Command Structure is established, focus on the scope of an Incident Safety Officer. Prerequisites: Rank of Fire Captain or Chief Officer. (F,S,D,E,O)

FSC230
Fire Officer Leadership II / 3 credits 3 periods

Management techniques which develop leadership and leadership effectiveness. Written and verbal communication skills, fire service excellence goals, counseling and problem solving methods. Role-playing and case studies emphasized throughout. Prerequisites: FSC220 or permission of instructor. (F,S,E)

FSC231
Battalion Chief
Academy / 3 credits 5 periods
Examine the many roles and responsibilities required of a chief officer. Manage emergency incidents, explore personal and professional growth, view department issues more globally, manage personnel more effectively, manage conflict resolution for positive outcomes, and define leadership. Prerequisites: None. FSC202 and FSC204 are suggested but not required. (F,D)

FSC238
Vehicular Extrication and Patient Stabilization / 2 credits 2 periods

Participative course designed for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and other pre-hospital care providers. Enhances the knowledge base of the EMT and incorporates new knowledge and skills necessary to access, extricate, and care for victims of crash incidents. Provides exposure to scene management skills to include size-up, disentanglement, victim stabilization for single and multi-victim situations, hazardous materials incidents, integration of local emergency medical services (EMS) for patient assessment and management, and standard operating procedures to selected victim scenarios. Prerequisites: Basic EMT certification, current enrollment in an EMT-Basic program, nurse with emergency department experience, or law-enforcement personnel, or permission of instructor. (F,S,E)

FSC258
Victimology and Crisis Management / 3 credits 3 periods

Focuses on victimology and techniques of crises intervention; and the importance of multicultural perspective.  Includes coverage of sexual assault, family violence, child abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, coping skills, stress management, and community resources. Prerequisites: None. (F,S,D)

FSC290AA
Arson Investigation / 1 credit 1 period

Investigative techniques used in analyzing suspected arson scenes, motives, and collection of physical evidence. Prerequisites: None. (O)

FSC 298
Special Projects / 1-3 credits

organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student. Structured to provide an atmosphere of individualized research and study paralleled by professional expertise and guidance. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use. Allows the best aspects of independent study and individualized learning to be combined to maximize student development. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Director or instructor.(O)

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