The Fire Science degree program provide students wishing to work in a municipal or federal government fire department. This degree includes courses designed to cover a wide range of subjects and covers the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum developed through the National Fire Academy. Students will complete Firefighter Level I certification, and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification through the State of New Hampshire as part of the degree program.
The Fire Protection degree program is designed for students wishing to work in the fields of fire prevention, fire inspection, insurance loss prevention, public fire education, installation and service of fire alarm, sprinkler and other fire suppression systems, fire extinguishers, fire investigation and other fire protection related careers.
Recent graduates have successfully transferred their Associate Degree credits to Keene State College, University of New Haven, Oklahoma State University, Granite State College, and other bachelor’s degree programs.
Students who complete the program will
- have command of the English language;
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- not have a felony conviction
- have reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and comprehend service literature;
- have communication skills sufficient to prepare and present required reports;
- have sufficient hearing to distinguish various sounds and noises;
- have sufficient dexterity to perform manual skills;
- have the ability to stand for extended periods of time;
- have normal vision for reading instructions and course materials and for performing manipulative tasks;
- be able to work in a fire, emergency medical or hazardous material environment;
- be able to wear fire protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus for an extended period of time;
- have the ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills, and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
- have the ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions and immediate crisis response;
- have the ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
- have the ability to secure transportation to the NH Fire Academy and to other sites;
- have the ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
- have the physical strength necessary for maneuvering and/or lifting heavy objects;
- have the ability to climb and work on ladders, including heights above 100 feet;
- have the ability to work in confined spaces while using self-contained breathing apparatus;
- have the ability to exercise initiative and judgment while dealing with changing situations.
- be prepared for employment in companies and organizations associated with fire protection;
- understand policies and procedures involving workplace safety;
- understand their role in the company that employs him/her and how it impacts overall fire protection.
- be prepared for employment in a fire department;
- understand policies and procedures involving emergency responder safety;
- understand procedures used on and off an emergency scene;
- understand psychological factors associated with firefighting and emergency medical services.
Degrees and Certificates
Fire Science,Associate in Science
FIRE124L: Principles of Emergency Services
FIRE127L: Fire Behavior and Combustion
FIRE131L: Fire Protection Systems
FIRE136L: Fire-ground Procedures
FIRE140L: Building Construction for Fire Protection
FIRE160L: Fire Prevention
FIRE180L: Firefighter I & II
FIRE200L: Advanced Fire-Ground Procedures
Teaches the student advanced fire-ground procedures, incident command system, vehicle rescue and extrication, water supply, foam streams, detection systems, and other related subjects necessary for entry-level firefighters. Successful completion of this course certifies the student in Firefighter II through the State of NH Fire Standards and Training.
FIRE224L: Strategy and Tactics
This course provides the principles of fire-ground control through utilization of personal, equipment, and extinguishing agents.
FIRE225L: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
FIRE 230L: Advanced Fire Codes and Standards
FIRE231L: Hazardous Material Chemistry
FIRE234L: Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival
FIRE236L: Fire Investigation I
This course is intended to provide the students with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing, and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the fire-setter, and types of fire causes.
FIRE237L: Fire Investigation II
This course is intended to provide the student with advanced technical knowledge on the rule of law, fire scene analysis, fire behavior, evidence collection and preservation, scene documentation, case preparation and court-room testimony.