Fire Services Administration
Contact: Mike Mikitish, Director
One Associate of Science degree (which requires 68 credits) is available.
As a result of rapid changes in firefighting and the administrative duties currently being experienced in the field, academic degrees are being made available to those who have chosen firefighting as a career to enhance their knowledge base as well as to prepare them for organizational leadership positions.
The National Fire Science Curriculum Committee (NFSCC) of the United States Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Service Higher Education (FESHE) is working to attain the following objectives:
1. Creation of degree programs that teach critical thinking skills by requiring a significant number of general education courses rather than mostly fire science courses;
2. Development of associate degree programs that are transferable to baccalaureate programs;
3. Establishment of a model fire science curriculum at the associate level that universally standardizes what students learn and facilitates the application of these courses toward certification goals; and
4. Collaboration between fire certification and training agencies and academic fire programs.
The Fire Service Technology program is designed to upgrade the fire fighting skills and knowledge of volunteer and paid fire fighters. In some instances a volunteer fire fighter may use this degree as a means to enter the fire service as a paid professional. The program covers all phases of fire fighting. The intent is to provide fire fighters with the skills needed to save lives and protect property in a safe and efficient manner. Special fees apply to this program. Students must be registered at Idaho State University to apply for graduation.
In order to apply for this program, one must currently be employed in the fire fighting profession. Students must be registered at Idaho State University to apply for graduation.
Because students must complete 38 credits of general education courses in addition to other degree requirements, it is highly recommended that a student meet with an advisor prior to beginning this program. An Associate of Science degree in Fire Services Administration is required for those wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Fire Services Administration.
All Fire Services Administration courses are online. Students must have minimum computer requirements as listed in the program information packet, provided at http://www.isu.edu/ctech/programs.shtml.
This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to advance each semester. Specific information is available in the program's student handbook.
Associate of Science Degree in Fire Services Administration (69 credits)University General Education Requirements will be met with the following courses (38 credits)BIOL 100, 100L Concepts Biology: Human Concerns, and Lab 4 cr
CHEM 100 Architecture of Matter 4 cr
COMM 101 Principles Speech 3 cr
ECON 100 Economic Issues 3 cr
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 cr
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 cr
PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics 3 cr
POLS 101 Introduction to American Government 3 cr
Choose one course from each of the four sets below:
AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies 3 cr
HIST 118 U.S. History and Culture 3 cr
MATH 130 Finite Mathematics 3 cr
MATH 253 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
SOC 102 Social Problems 3 cr
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
PSYC 101 Introduction to General Psychology 3 cr
1 course from Goal 6 3 cr
1 course from Goal 7 3 cr
Fire Services Administration Core Courses (12 lower division credits)FSA 101 Building Construction for Fire Protection 2 cr
FSA 102 Fire Behavior and Combustion 2 cr
FSA 103 Fire Prevention and Education 2 cr
FSA 104 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 2 cr
FSA 105 Fire Protection Systems 2 cr
FSA 106 Principles of Emergency Service 2 cr
Fire Services Administration Non-Core Courses (4 credits)FSA 201 Fire Administration I 2 cr
FSA 202 Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services 2 cr
Emergency Medical Technician Basic Courses (15 credits)CIS 101, CIS 101L Introduction to Computer Systems 3 cr
BI 170 Introduction to Computers 3 cr
CSDT 181 Computer Fundamentals 3 cr
EMTB 119 Fundamentals of Emergency Medical Care 4 cr
EMTB 119L Fundamentals of
Emergency Medical Care Laboratory 4 cr
EMTB 121 EMS Field Practicum 2 cr
FSA 101 Building Construction for Fire Protection 2 credits. Components of building construction related to fire and life safety. Firefighter safety, elements of construction and design of structures, building inspection, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.
FSA 102 Fire Behavior and Combustion 2 credits. Theories and fundamentals of fire: start, spread, and control. D
FSA 103 Fire Prevention 2 credits. Comprehensive history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention bureau; use of fire codes; identification and correction of fire hazards; and the relationships of fire prevention with built-in fire protection systems, fire investigation, and fire- and life-safety education. D
FSA 104 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 2 credits. Principles and theories in the use of water in fire protection and hydraulic principles to analyze and solve water supply problems. D
FSA 105 Fire Protection Systems 2 credits. Design and operation of fire detection and alarm systems, heat and smoke control systems, special protection and sprinkler systems, water supply for fire protection and portable fire extinguishers. D
FSA 106 Principles of Emergency Services 2 credits. Overview of fire protection. Includes philosophy and history of fire protection; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fires service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; fire strategy and tactics. D
FSA 201 Fire Administration 2 credits. Organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis on fire service leadership from the perspective of the company officer. D
FSA 202 Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services 2 credits. Federal, State and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tort, liability, and a review of relevant court cases. D
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Revised: August 2009