Fire and Occupational Safety (FIR)

A balance of general, liberal arts, and technical courses is offered to those students who intend to enter the field of Fire and Occupational Safety for the first time as well as those currently employed in the field. This program is designed primarily for those students who anticipate transferring to a four-year institution to pursue the baccalaureate degree. This program leads to rewarding careers in municipal fire protection, investigation and inspection, governmental agencies, industry, insurance, transportation, and educational institutions.

Students are urged to consult their advisor, the faculty and the Academic, Counseling & Transfer (ACT) staff about transfer opportunities early in their academic career at DCC.

An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Fire and Occupational Safety will be able to:

  • Define fire and combustion with its associated phenomenon and describe how to employ the proper extinguishing methods for all classes of fire;

  • Cite and explain all applicable OSHA regulations and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards;

  • Recognize and articulate the different types of building construction and explain each one’s characteristics as it relates to fire and gravity;

  • Define and describe the fire suppression and detection systems currently employed in structures;

  • Create and apply various strategies and tactics, as appropriate, based on a variety of scenarios.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 101

Composition I

3

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

MAT 184 OR

Algebra and Trig for Precalculus

3

MAT 132

Technical Mathematics II

 

FIR 100

Fire Science Introductory Seminar

1

FIR 102

Fundamentals of Fire Protection

3

FIR 104

Fundamentals of Fire Prevention

3

TOTAL

 

16


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II

3

CHE 121

General Chemistry I

4

FIR 110

Fire Behavior and Combustion

3

FIR 112

Fire/Emergency Services Safety

3

FIR 114

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

TOTAL

 

16


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

PHY 121

General Physics

4

FIR 204

Fire Protection Systems

3

FIR 214

Legal Aspects in Fire and Safety

3

FIR 222

Fire and Safety Administration

3

Elective (a)

 

3

TOTAL

 

16


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

Foreign Language (b)

 

3

FIR 212

Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply

3

FIR 224 OR

Strategy and Tactics OR

3

FIR 226

Fire Investigation

 

American History (c)

3

Elective (a)

 

3

TOTAL

 

15

 

 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

63

 

Notes:
a. Students must select two courses from Appendix E, F, or H.
b. Students must choose a course from Appendix I.
c. Students must choose a course from Appendix D.