Fire Science Technology

The Fire Science Technology program follows the (FEMA) national curriculum based on the National Fire Academy FESHE (Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education) model for professional training and education in fire science. This program provides advanced education for people seeking careers in the fire service and related fields. Students who are matriculated in this program may receive up to 27 credits for prior learning documented by New Jersey state certifications in prevention, suppression and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs.   Apply & Register Program Details

The Fire Science Technology program follows the (FEMA) national curriculum based on the National Fire Academy FESHE (Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education) model for professional training and education in fire science. This program provides advanced education for people seeking careers in the fire service and related fields. Students who are matriculated in this program may receive up to 27 credits for prior learning documented by New Jersey state certifications in prevention, suppression and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs.

 


This curriculum is currently in the process of being updated. For the up-to-date curriculum, please view our 2020 Academic Program Guide.

Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I1 3
FIR-101 Fundamentals of Fire Behavior/Protection2 3
FIR-102 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention/Fire Inspector I3 3
CHM-120 Chemistry for Fire Protection 4
PSY-101 Basic Psychology or  
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    16
Second Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II4 3
EMT-101 Emergency Medical Technician5 6
FIR-222 Fire Inspector II3,6 3
FIR-125 Fire Fighter Safety and Survival 3
    18
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
FIR-202 Fire Investigation7,8 3
FIR-211 Building Construction for Fire Service9 3
FIR-225 Hydraulics9 3
FIR-251 Fire Service Instruction Techniques & Methods10  
FIR-121 Firefighting Tactics and Strategy9  
    15
Second Semester
FIR-201 Fire Protection Systems9 3
PHL-131 Introduction to Ethics 3
FIR-231 Organization & Management of Fire Departments11 or  
FIR-235 NJ Fire Officer I12 3
...-... Diversity General Education Elective 3
...-... Technology General Education Elective 2
    14
  Total Minimum Credits 60
1 Must test into ENG-101 or complete all appropriate prerequisites
2 Certification as a Firefighter I by the NJ Div. of Fire Safety is accepted as an equivalent. National Board onFire Service Professional Qualifications Firefighter I certification may be accepted as an equivalent based on
evaluation of hours.
3 Certification as a Fire Inspector by the NJ Div. of Fire Safety is accepted as an equivalent. National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications Fire Inspector I certification may be accepted as equivalent based upon an
evaluation of hours.
4 Prerequisite: ENG-102
5 Certification as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician may be accepted as equivalent based
upon course content and hours.
6 Certification as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician may be accepted as equivalent based
upon course content and hours.
7 Prerequisite: FIR-201
8 National Fire Academy (NFA), NJ Div. of Criminal Justice (NJDCJ), or International Association of Arson
Investigators (IAAI) Fire Investigation classed may be accepted based upon evaluation of hours.
9 Prerequisite: FIR-101
10 Certification as a Fire Instructor Level I by the NJ Div. of Fire Safety is accepted as an equivalent. National Board on Fire Service Qualifications or Pro-board Fire Instructor I certification may be accepted as equivalent based upon evaluation of hours.
11Prerequisite: FIR 101 or FIR-102
12National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications Fire Officer I certification may be
accepted as equivalent based upon an evaluation of course hours.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Explain the organization and function of a fire department with emphasis on staffing and other critical resources to efficiently deliver services.
  2. Articulate how the basic principles of chemistry and hazardous materials determine acceptable and effective strategy and tactics for suppressing fires.
  3. Analyze the impact that construction and building codes have in determining acceptable strategies and tactics for suppressing fires.
  4. Describe how effective fire investigation leads to origin and cause determination and the role of the firefighter in the process.

Special Program Information

Students will earn certificates for the completion of each professional course that meets New Jersey Uniform Fire Code certification requirements in prevention and suppression.

Employment Opportunities

  • Municipal fire departments
  • Fire alarm and fire suppression systems industry
  • Industrial fire protection and insurance/loss prevention
    industry

Transfer Opportunities

Students in this program transfer to many institutions including:

  • New Jersey City University
  • Holy Family University
  • University of Maryland

Contact Person

Chief Peter J. Finley, Jr. (Ret.), Coordinator
(856) 227-7200 ext. 4024
email: pfinley@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

43.0201

Program Code

FIR.AAS