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  Sep 21, 2017
 
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Services – Fire Science Option, Associate of Applied Science


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Fire fighters help protect the public against these dangers by responding to fires and a variety of other emergencies. In addition to putting out fires, they are frequently the first emergency personnel at a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to treat injuries or perform other vital functions.

This degree is intended for students who are interested in serving the public as emergency services personnel, including fire fighters, fire inspectors, fire investigators and other emergency-services-related occupations that are important to increasing the safety of everyone in society. While emergency services personnel who gain employment in full-time positions will be given some type of training, the competition for these positions is very competitive. An applicant who comes to the hiring process with an Emergency Services degree with an option in Fire Science will have a competitive advantage when it comes to placement testing and interviewing.

Graduates are able to:

  • describe the role of national, state and local support organizations in fire and emergency services
  • compare effective management concepts for various emergency situations
  • analyze the steps necessary to establish and implement a contingency plan for various emergency situations

Curriculum – A.A.S. Degree


Fourth Semester


Total Credits 64


1 Students may choose from the following: COMM 201 Intercultural Communication , BUSI 156 Risk & Financial Management  or any CRMJ course.

2 Students who have passed Firefighter I and received their certificate from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety can substitute this course for FIRE 103 Principles of Fire Chemistry . Students who have passed Firefighter II and received their certificate from the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety can substitute this course for FIRE 102 Principles of Fire Prevention . The student must present the original certificate to the Student Enrollment Center to receive credit for the courses.

3 Mathematics by official placement test. Students may not take courses below placement level. MATH 103C Quantitative Literacy  is recommended. PHYS 112 Concepts of Physics  requires MATH 030 Intermediate Algebra   as a prerequisite.

4 This course will be taught at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy.

5 Students who have passed their EMT-B class and have received certification from the NJ Department of Health can substitute this certification for the class. The student must present the original certificate to the Student Enrollment Center to receive credit for the courses. 

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