Fire and Occupational Safety

A balance of general, liberal arts, and technical courses are 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 Counseling and Career Services 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:

• Explain the history of fire service from its origin up to the present and the concept of chain of command.

• Describe the origin and role of fire prevention, fire codes and public education and the role they play in today’s world.

• 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.

• Define 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.

• Explain the properties of water as an extinguishing agent and be able to perform the calculations required for design and use of municipal water and fire protection systems.

• Cite and define applicable laws and legal issues, as they relate to emergency services.

• Employ chain of command, Standard Operating Procedures, Incident Command System and mission statements.

• Transfer as a junior into a Fire Science program at a four-year college.

In addition, depending on which other technical course(s) is/are completed, the graduate will be competent to complete at least one of the following:

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

• Define and describe the various causes of fire and describe the process of determining whether they are accidental or intentional in origin. Students also will be able to define the process of conducting an investigation, as well as discuss the importance of accurate documentation.

• Develop a perspective on worker exposure, identify the primary sources of potential chemical and physical agents in the workplace, identify the techniques for assessing the risk of worker exposures, outline the principal methods of testing and monitoring the worker and his environment and identify and discuss the major techniques for the control of chemical and physical agents in the workplace.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

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 II 4
FIR 110 Fire Behavior and Combustion 3
FIR 112 Occupational Health and Safety 3
FIR 114 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
TOTAL   16

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
HIS 104, HIS 108, GOV 121  3
PHY 121 General Physics 4
FIR 204 Fire Protection Systems 3
FIR 222 Fire and Safety Administration 3
Elective (a)   3
TOTAL   16

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
WFE 101 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness 3
ART 150 Black and White Photography 3
FIR 212 Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply 3
FIR 214 OR Legal Aspects in Fire and Safety OR 3
FIR 226 OR Strategy and Tactics OR  
FIR 228 Industrial Hygeine 3
Elective (a)   3-4
TOTAL   18-19


a. Students must take at least 6 credits hours of liberal arts and science courses. Courses should be selected based on the requirements of the anticipated transfer school. The following courses are highly recommended for this program: SPE 101, PSY 205, PSY 134, GOV 222, ENG 217, ECO 121, CIS 108, EMB 105, HED 201, CRJ 205, BIO 122.