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Fire Science

2019-20 Fire Science

Associate of Applied Science Degree
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 through the Placement Process. 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.

Course No.
Course Title
CS/CIS__ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Science or Computer Information Science class, CS/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency
within the past ten years. 1
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-11
First Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
FRP251 Firefighter Level I 2 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab 2 5
FRP256 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1
Second Term
ES131 EMT Part I 4
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
FRP233 Firefighter Safety and Survival 3
FRP252 Firefighter Level II 4
FRP262 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention 3
Third Term
ES132 EMT Part II 4
ES132L EMT Part II Lab 1
ES205 Crisis Management 3
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH63 Applied Algebra or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
SP218 Interpersonal Communication
  Total First Year Credits 48
Second Year Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Fourth Term
ES171 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
ES268 Emergency Service Rescue 3
ES295 Health and Fitness for Emergency Service Workers or or HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
FRP242 Introduction to Codes and Ordinances 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
_____ Approved program elective 3 0-3
Fifth Term
FRP249 Fire Service Leadership 3
FRP258 Pumper Operator 3
FRP272 Fixed Systems and Extinguishers 3
FRP273 Fire Investigation 3
  Approved program elective 3 0-3
Sixth Term
ES280 Cooperative Work Experience/Fire Science 3
FRP259 Water Supply Operations 3
FRP264 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FRP274 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or  
  BT101 Human relations in Organizations 3
  Approved program elective 3 0-3
  Total Second Year Credits 42-51
  Total Program Credits 93-99
3 Program Electives

(3-9 credits required)

Course No.
Course Title
BA214 Business Communications 4
FRP199 Workshop: Selected Topic 1-3
FRP211 Hiring Practices in the Fire Service 3
FRP238 Public Education, Relations and Information 3
FRP241 Fire Prevention Inspections 3
FRP243 Introduction to Codes and Ordinances 3
FRP285 Fire Instructor I 3
PS203 United States Government III 3
WR227 Technical Writing 4

1 Required for graduation.

2 FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable.

3 A minimum of 3 total elective credits are required.

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