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Fire Science

2018-19 Fire Science Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 430201
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The fire service is a highly dynamic profession that offers a variety of daily challenges to the professionals
who work within it. The primary mission of the RCC Fire Science program is to prepare
students for careers as firefighters. Students who complete the program will be prepared to meet
the unique demands of a rewarding profession. The program prides itself on delivering the highest
education available by following standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
and the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE). Fire Science program coursework is
accredited by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be a high school graduate or have a GED or equivalent for certification. In addition, students must meet the qualifications outlined by the Oregon Health Authority – EMS. Students are required to submit verification of certain immunizations and medical tests. Students will also be required to pass a drug screen and a criminal background investigation prior to their mandatory clinical time.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited 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
appropriate department chair 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
degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these
courses indicates a student earned a “C” or better grade.

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