Fire Science

Fire Science

Associate of Applied Science degree

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science prepares students for service in fire protection. It is designed for individuals serving in the profession and as a preparatory program for individuals seeking a career in the fire service. Students enrolled in the program will receive a well-rounded general college education, with a strong foundation in fire science. The degree is aligned with the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum.

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Degree Requirements - Minimum of 61 Credit Hours Print Requirements

General Education Core       (33 hours)

Area I.    Communications         (9 hours)
ENG111 Freshman Composition I 3 credits
ENG115 Freshman Composition II 3 credits
SPCH111 Public Speaking -or 3 credits
SPCH112 Interpersonal Communication3 credits
Area II.    Mathematics       (4 hours)
MATH180 College Algebra) 3 credits
Area III.    Laboratory Science       (8 hours)
Area IV.    Social and Behavioral Sciences       (6 hours)
Area V.    Humanities and Fine Arts        (6 hours)
Program Requirements       (22 hours)
FS118 Principles of Emergency Services 3 credits
FS133 Building Construction for Fire Protection 4 credits
FS165 Fire Prevention 3 credits
FS170 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3 credits
FS214 Fire Protection Systems 3 credits
FS232 Firefighter Safety and Survival 3 credits
FS250 Research Methods in Fire Science 3 credits
Approved Electives       (6 hours)
FS110 Hazardous Materials Response 3 credits
FS115 Introduction to Firefighting 4 credits
FS125 Firefighter I 4 credits
FS130 Fire and Life Safety Education 3 credits
FS160 Fire Investigation I 3 credits
FS205 Firefighting Strategy and Tactics 3 credits
FS210 Firefighter Leadership 3 credits
FS220 Fire Service Instructor I 3 credits
FS224 Principles of Code Enforcement 3 credits
FS230 Fire and Emergency Services Administration 3 credits
FS281 Firefighter Internship 3 credits

Firefighting: Train Hard : Work Hard : Fight Smart

Why choose a career in Fire Science?

Every year, fire and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Firefighters help protect the public against these dangers. They are frequently the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to put out a fire, treat injuries, or perform other vital functions. Employment of firefighters is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012, as fire departments continue to compete with other public safety providers for funding. According to the United States Fire Administration, nearly 70 percent of fire companies are staffed by volunteer firefighters. Most job growth will occur as volunteer fire-fighting positions are converted to paid positions. In addition to job growth, openings are expected to result from the need to replace firefighters who retire, stop working for other reasons, or transfer to other occupations.

The program is dedicated to excellence by providing an academically-based curriculum of higher education. The intent of the program is to bridge the gap between training, certification, and experience with post-secondary education.

Graduates of the program will:
  • Illustrate the history of the fire service; describe the components and development of the fire and emergency services; recognize careers in fire and emergency services.
  • Identify various classifications of building construction; understand theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction.
  • Identify laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations as they relate to fire prevention; understand code enforcement as it impacts life and property loss.
  • Identify the fundamental theories of fire behavior and combustion; differentiate the various types of extinguishment agents.
  • Identify and describe various types and uses of fire protection systems; describe the basic elements of a public water supply system as it relates to fire protection.
  • Identify and explain the 16 life safety initiatives; understand the concepts of risk management and mitigation as it pertains to emergency services.

Fire Science Curriculum Profile 2012-2015

Fire Science Certificate of National Recognition

Program Resources

Program Director: Francisco Apodaca
Phone: 505-454-2510
Email: fapodaca@luna.edu

Program Advisor: Daniel Atencio
Phone: 505-454-2505
Email: datencio@luna.edu

Student Success Center Personnel

Director: Renee Maestas
Phone: (505)454-5355
Email: rmaestas@luna.edu
Advisor: Janice Medrano
Phone: (505)454-2546
Email: jmedrano@luna.edu

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