Fire Science Certificate

Occupational Certificate

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Department of Public Safety
Cottage I • Phone (215) 968-8190
Curriculum Code No. 3143

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

The Fire Science 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 service. In addition to the courses that prepare the student to manage a complex emergency scene, the courses in this curriculum provide the student with technical information on a wide range of topics.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • Manage a fire protection organization through effective use of public and private emergency planning and resources;
  • Demonstrate and apply the fundamental skills associated with firefighter safety and wellness, such as prevention, incident safety / risk management, organizational health and safety, and wellness programs;
  • 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
FRSC114
Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival
3
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials B
3
FRSC208
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration A,B
3
FRSC209
Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health A,B
3
FRSC210
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education A,B
3
Total Credit Hours 31

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
Total Credit Hours 7

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
FRSC202
Hazardous Materials B
3
FRSC210
Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Education A,B
3
Total Credit Hours 6

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
FRSC208
Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Administration A,C
3
FRSC209
Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health A,C
3
FRSC114
Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival
3
Total Credit Hours 9

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

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