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Fire Officer

2018-19 Fire Officer Grad Guide (PDF)

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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Classification (SOC) codes (, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for
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Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for fire science programs are:

Perform safe and effective fire suppression techniques and hazard mitigation utilizing tools and appliances under high levels of stress. 

Perform an adequate patient assessment and formulate and implement a treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.

Implement self-care strategies and techniques to address the impact of stress and emotional trauma on emergency providers. 

Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management of multiple personnel on emergency scenes. 

Understand and follow workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism. 

Describe and use defensive and safe driving techniques and the operation of emergency vehicles and fire pumps. 

Demonstrate safe work practices in a variety of specific rescue situations including rope, water, wilderness, and confined space rescue. 

Demonstrate the ability to conduct fire and life safety inspections and have an understanding of fire prevention principles. 

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes 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
RD90 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
FRP242 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