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Fire Officer


Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 430201E
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Fire Officer four-term certificate program is designed to provide advanced skills and work
experience for firefighters aspiring to advance in the profession. It provides courses aimed at
upgrading the skills of professional firefighters and preparing personnel for additional job responsibilities.
Courses are either in the core of the AAS degree or chosen from the approved elective list.
Coursework is accredited by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and
meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements (NFPA Fire Officer I and II).

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The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant
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Entry Requirements

As part of their training program, students are also required to take a placement test to determine
skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. Students must begin with the courses within
their skill levels as determined by the placement test scores. In addition, students may also be
required to enroll in courses that would increase their employability and success. The Fire Science
program adviser will work with each student to design an individualized sequence of instruction.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from approved 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
program coordinator 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 certificates. 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.

Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency

Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

FRP251 Firefighter Level I 1 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab 1 5
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 19-23
Required Core Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
FRP199 Workshop: Selected Topics 3
FRP256 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4
WR121 English Composition I 4
Second Term
FRP233 Firefighter Safety and Survival 3
FRP249 Fire Service Leadership 3
FRP285 Fire Instructor I 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or SP218 Interpersonal Communication 4
Third Term
FRP238 Public Education, Relations and Information 3
FRP273 Fire Investigation 3
FRP274 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 3
PS203 United States Government III 3
Fourth Term
FRP199 Workshop: Selected Topics 2
FRP282 Introduction to Codes and Related Ordinances 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
BA214 Business Communications or WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Total Program Credits 51
1 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

For more information contact the Fire Science program:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711