Fire Prevention & Investigation

Occupational Certificate

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Department of Public Safety
Cottage I • Phone (215) 968-8190
Curriculum Code No. 3144

This certificate program provides students an opportunity to pursue a career in fire prevention and/or inspection or for professional development for those currently employed or who already have a degree in another field.

The Fire Prevention and Investigation Certificate, which follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) and the National Fire Academy models, prepares the student for a position in the fire prevention area discipline. In addition to the courses that prepare the student to perform inspections and investigations, the Fire Science courses in this curriculum provide the student with technical information on a wide range of topics.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fire dynamics, flame spread, and incident investigation, plus the technical, legal, and social aspects of arson;
  • Demonstrate and apply the fundamental skills associated with fire protection, prevention, and investigation, such as scientific methods of inquiry and reasoning;
  • Evaluate fire behavior and building construction as it related to firefighter safety, building codes, and fire prevention; and
  • Apply safety codes and proper procedures for the transportation and storage of hazardous materials.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
FRSC100
Introduction to Fire Science
3
FRSC103
Building Construction for the Fire Service B
3
FRSC104
Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement B
3
FRSC105
Fire Prevention Systems B
3
FRSC112
Fire Behavior and Combustion
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials B
3
FRSC204
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
3
FRSC206
Fire Investigation I A,B
3
FRSC210
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education A,B
3
FRSC214
Fire Plan Review B
3
FRSC216
Fire Investigation II B
3
Total Credit Hours 34

Recommended Full-Time Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for students who will complete the certificate in two years. Students may need more time to complete requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustment to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
FRSC100
Introduction to Fire Science
3
FRSC112
Fire Behavior and Combustion
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials B
3
Total Credit Hours 10

Second Semester

Course Credits
FRSC103
Building Construction for the Fire Service B
3
FRSC104
Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement B
3
FRSC105
Fire Prevention Systems B
3
Total Credit Hours 9

Third Semester

Course Credits
FRSC204
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
3
FRSC206
Fire Investigation I A,B
3
FRSC210
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education A,B
3
Total Credit Hours 9

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
FRSC214
Fire Plan Review B
3
FRSC216
Fire Investigation II B
3
Total Credit Hours 6

A Placement testing required
B Course requires prerequisites and/or co-requisites

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