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.

 


Code Course Credits
First Year / First Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
FIR-101 Fundamentals of Fire Protection 3
FIR-102 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention/Fire Inspector I 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 II 3
EMT-101 Emergency Medical Technician1 6
MTH-111 Introduction to Statistics 3
FIR-222 Fire Inspector II 3
FIR-125 Fire Fighter Safety and Survival 3
    18
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
FIR-202 Fire Investigation 3
FIR-211 Building Construction for Fire Service 3
FIR-225 Hydraulics 3
FIR-251 Fire Service Instruction Techniques & Methods or  
FIR-212 Fire Official 3
FIR-121 Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategy or  
FIR-106 NJ Firefighter II 3
    15
Second Semester
FIR-201 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIR-252 Arson/Law and Court Procedures 3
PHL-131 Introduction to Ethics 3
FIR-231 Organization & Management of Fire Departments or  
FIR-235 NJ Fire Officer I 3
...-... Diversity General Education Elective  
    15
  Total Minimum Credits 64
1 ALH-171 and ALH-172 may be substituted for EMT-101

Program Goals

  • To prepare students to understand building construction techniques and code requirements and the relationship of both to fire prevention and suppression.
  • To prepare students to understand fire department organization and management models applied in effective emergency service organizations.
  • To understand the chemistry of fire and hazardous materials and apply that knowledge to increased safe practices in emergency operations.
  • To prepare students to be able to train others in the fire service so that injuries and deaths are eliminated from fire operations.
  • To prepare students to understand the principles of fire investigation and how to apply that knowledge toward creating a more fire safe community.
  • To prepare students to transfer to partner colleges and universities to continue their education

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

Professor Patrick Bigoss, Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4024
email: pbigoss@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

43.0201

Program Code

FIR.AAS