Fire Sciences

Protecting our community

Fire Sciences

Protecting our community

Fire Sciences

Protecting our community

Fall Orientation Dates

  • May 19 (Note Date Change)
  • June 16
  • Sept. 12

In order to attend orientation, students must apply for admissions to the college and indicate Fire as their degree.

Have you always wanted to work in fire protection, responding to emergencies and making a positive difference in people’s lives? Enroll in SVC’s exceptional Fire Protection Technology program today and prepare to take your place in this rewarding career field.

Program Options

The training of students to become career firefighters is a key component of the Fire Protection Technology program. Subjects included in the program help to improve the firefighter’s use of knowledge, tools, and systems to improve their career opportunities and the lives of those who they serve

Degree Paths

Fire Protection Technology, AAS
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Fire Service Administration, AAS-T
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Program Courses

Courses List
FIRE 100 - Principles of Emergency Services

FIRE 100 - Principles of Emergency Services

(5)
Overview of fire protection and emergency services, career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; culture and history of emergency services; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire department as part of local government; laws and regulation affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; introduction to fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy & tactics; and life safety initiatives. None

FIRE 101 - Fire Chemistry

FIRE 101 - Fire Chemistry

(3)
Introduction to basic concepts of chemistry and the chemical/physical nature of fire and its development. None

FIRE 102 - Emergency Incident Management System

FIRE 102 - Emergency Incident Management System

(3)
Introduction to Incident Management System and emergency operations. Satisfies training requirements for the National Incident Management System and ICS100/200. None

FIRE 103 - Building Construction For Fire Protection

FIRE 103 - Building Construction For Fire Protection

(3)
Concepts of building construction, structure rating and classification, and uniform codes. Building systems including floors, ceilings, walls, roofs and building support systems. Building collapse and firefighter safety in burning buildings. None

FIRE 119 - Basic Firefighter Academy

FIRE 119 - Basic Firefighter Academy

(8)
Prepares student for initial assignment as a basic firefighter with a structural fire agency. Meets minimum training requirements of WAC 296-305 and NFPA Standard 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. None

FIRE 120 - Firefighter Skills I

FIRE 120 - Firefighter Skills I

(5)
Introduction to firefighting tools and equipment and basic firefighting techniques. Cognitive and skills development in emergency ground operations using firefighting companies. Focuses on presenting a fire service organizational structure to assist in developing traits that support professional and cultural development. Emphasis on fire ground safety. Meets some of the training requirements for Firefighter 1 certification and incrementally prepares the student for an eventual certification examination. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment required in CSS 103.

FIRE 121 - Firefighter Skills II

FIRE 121 - Firefighter Skills II

(5)
Continuation of FIRE 120. Introduction to firefighting tools and equipment and basic firefighting techniques in new firefighter skill sets. Cognitive and skills development in emergency ground operations using firefighting companies. Emphasizes working in companies. Meets some of the training requirements for Firefighter 1 certification and incrementally prepares the student for an eventual certification examination. Prerequisite: FIRE 120 with minimum C grade or department chair approval.

FIRE 122 - Firefighter Skills III

FIRE 122 - Firefighter Skills III

(5)
Continuation of FIRE 120 and 121. Introduction to firefighting tools and equipment and basic firefighting techniques in new firefighter skill sets. Cognitive and skills development in emergency ground operations using firefighting companies. Emphasizes multi-company operations. Meets some of the training requirements for Firefighter 1 certification and incrementally prepares the student for an eventual certification examination. Prerequisite: FIRE 121 with minimum C grade or department chair approval.

FIRE 126 - Wildland Firefighting

FIRE 126 - Wildland Firefighting

(3)
Firefighters who successfully complete this course will be qualified to suppress wildland fires while under close supervision. Provides required training for all personnel prior to certification as a Firefighter (FFT2) under the Wildland Qualification System (NWCG 310-1). A student who successfully completes the training has a completed Task Book and receives recommendation for certification. None

FIRE 130 - Emergency Vehicle Driving

FIRE 130 - Emergency Vehicle Driving

(3)
Introduction to driving various types of fire apparatus in emergency and non-emergency modes. Meets academic and drill ground training requirements for Washington State Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention certification. Valid driver’s license required. None

FIRE 140 - Emergency Medical Responder

FIRE 140 - Emergency Medical Responder

(5)
Classroom instruction and practical field exercises to prepare students to take the Washington State 60-hour First Responder emergency medical certification test battery. Prerequisite: Department chair approval.

FIRE 160 - Hazardous Materials First Responder

FIRE 160 - Hazardous Materials First Responder

(5)
Prepares firefighters who witness or discover hazardous materials releases to recognize the presence of hazmat, protect themselves, secure the area, initiate emergency response of additional resources, and take defensive actions. Meets the training requirements for Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness & Operations. Meets the training requirements for Hazardous Materials First ResponderAwareness & Operations Level certification. None

FIRE 162 - Hazardous Materials Awareness For Public Safety

FIRE 162 - Hazardous Materials Awareness For Public Safety

(1)
Provides the basic skills necessary to safely and effectively manage the initial activities of an emergency involving the uncontrolled release of dangerous chemicals. Focuses on responding to and assessing the hazard involved, and making necessary notifications of hazardous material spills. For emergency pre-hospital care personnel, emergency communications officers, law enforcement officers, private industry employees, public works personnel, and Wildland firefighters. None

FIRE 199 - Fire Service Internship

FIRE 199 - Fire Service Internship

(1)
Relevant work experience through appointment to a fire protection agency. Augments classroom learning by applying skills and knowledge learned and opportunity to develop workplace ethics, appropriate performance levels, and behavioral traits in workplace settings. Prerequisite: Completion of FIRE 122 with minimum C grade or Department Chair approval. Must possess Firefighter 1 and Hazardous Materials First Responder, Operations certifications from the Washington State Fire Marshals Office. Must possess EMT-B certification from National Registry EMT or PE 200.

FIRE 210 - Fundamentals of Fire Prevention

FIRE 210 - Fundamentals of Fire Prevention

(3)
History and philosophy of fire prevention. Covers fire protection & prevention challenges, public education, laws and codes, and a review of current fire prevention programs. None

FIRE 211 - Fire Protection Systems

FIRE 211 - Fire Protection Systems

(3)
Introduction to the concepts and principles of fire protection systems including fire extinguishers, automatic sprinkler systems, standpipes, fire detection and alarm systems, and special hazard systems. None

FIRE 212 - Fire Codes & Ordinances

FIRE 212 - Fire Codes & Ordinances

(3)
Covers the International Fire Code and certain chapters of the International Building Code. Develop a working knowledge of the Codes and their application to fire inspections. None

FIRE 223 - Live Fire Operations

FIRE 223 - Live Fire Operations

(1)
Introduction to fire development theory as well as water application principals in order to effectively extinguish interior “”Class A”” fires. Provides the skills necessary to function as the nozzle operator of an interior fire attack team. Also introduces the basic properties of fire- fighting foam and the application methods used to control and combat “Class B” liquid fires. Prerequisite: FIRE 271 or concurrent enrollment.

FIRE 230 - Fire Service Hydraulics

FIRE 230 - Fire Service Hydraulics

(3)
Introduction to hydraulics as it affects fire stream development and water supply. Includes formula and table calculation of friction loss and engine pressures using hydraulic principles. Covers water main systems, water tender shuttle operations, and fire engine pumping operations. Studies fire pump construction, operation, and techniques of pumping. Pumping evolutions are practiced to become proficient in performing various water supply and attack evolutions. None

FIRE 240 - Rescue Systems Awareness

FIRE 240 - Rescue Systems Awareness

(3)
Apply search and rescue skills, approach rescue situations safely, and understand the organizational concerns at a structural collapse incident. Provides skill sets that meet or exceed NFPA 1670 at the awareness level for various rescue situations. Prerequisite: None.

FIRE 241 - Vehicle Extrication

FIRE 241 - Vehicle Extrication

(3)
Techniques of rescue company operations to gain entry to damaged vehicles, disentangle and prepare patients for transport, and extricate to safety and care. Includes scene management, heavy rescue apparatus, and equipment and practical applications. None

FIRE 242 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician

FIRE 242 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician

(12)
Training for the EMT-Basic level per National Standards Curriculum and abiding by the laws of the Washington State. Learn to recognize, assess and treat medical and trauma related emergencies at the basic life support level. Preparation for National Registry EMT certification testing and includes the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification practical examination for EMT-Basic. Prerequisite: In accordance with Washington State law, must be at least 17 years of age at course start.

FIRE 246 - Wilderness EMT

FIRE 246 - Wilderness EMT

(3)
For EMTs who need to acquire wilderness emergency medical skills and knowledge to be certified as Wilderness EMTs. Learn to provide patient care using improvised equipment. Prerequisite: FIRE 242 or EMT-B certification.

FIRE 247 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician, Part I

FIRE 247 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician, Part I

(6)
Training for the EMT-Basic level per National Standards Curriculum and abiding by the laws of Washington State. Learn to recognize, assess, and treat medical and trauma-related emergencies at the basic life support level. Preparation for National Registry EMT certification testing. Prerequisite: In accordance with Washington State Law, must be at least 17 years of age at course start.

FIRE 248 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician, Part II

FIRE 248 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician, Part II

(6)
Training for the EMT-Basic level per National Standards Curriculum and abiding by the laws of Washington State. Learn to recognize, assess, and treat medical and trauma-related emergencies at the basic life support level. Preparation for National Registry EMT certification testing and includes the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification practical examination for EMT-Basic. Prerequisite: FIRE 247 with a minimum C grade.

FIRE 275 - Emergency Service Leadership

FIRE 275 - Emergency Service Leadership

(3)
Meets training requirements for National Fire Academy, Leadership training series and part of Washington State training requirement for certification as Fire Officer I. For mid-range managers and company officers to enhance critical skills and experience needed to be effective as leaders. None

FIRE 278 - Managing Company Tactical Operations

FIRE 278 - Managing Company Tactical Operations

(3)
Provides a basic foundation for the management of one or more companies operating at a structural fire emergency. Uses simulations to apply concepts and develop skills. Prerequisite: FIRE 102 with minimum C grade or department chair approval.

FIRE 279 - Fire Services Safety & Survival

FIRE 279 - Fire Services Safety & Survival

(3)
Introduction to basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives, focusing on the need for cultural and behavior change throughout the emergency services. None

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Outcomes

Graduates of the Fire Protection program will be able to:

  • Possess the industry recognized skills required for entry-level employment as a firefighter, meeting the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for Firefighter 1.
  • Demonstrate and appropriately use fire service equipment and pro­cedures in conjunction with a variety of emergency response inci­dents; possess industry recognized apparatus operator competency and Washington Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention skills.
  • Demonstrate basic fire and life safety inspection procedures and make appropriate recommendations to abate potential hazards.
  • Identify fire protection systems used in various occupancies in­cluding sprinkler systems, extinguishing agents, early warning devices, fire pumps, smoke and flame detection, and standpipes. Possess industry recognized hazardous materials first responder competencies to the level of First Responder Operations.
  • Demonstrate the principles of effective risk management during incident operations including managing emergency scene safety with multiple responding units regarding the resources of time, personnel, equipment, and jurisdictional authority.
  • Demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary to perform emergency medical services tasks; successful completion of standardized training for an emergency medical technician.
  • Understand the ethical responsibilities and consequences of work­ing in an emergency services-related environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, team­work, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills as they apply to the fire service.
  • Demonstrate employee traits considered strong in a professional work environment: dependability, appearance, positive attitude, thoroughness, timeliness, safety, and the human relations skills necessary for work in emergency services.

Scholarship

Skagit Valley College is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity for students interested in the Fire Protection Technology program. This scholarship is for incoming students Fall Quarter 2019 and includes full tuition, fees, books, uniforms, and certifications for the entire two-year degree program. Students will also be placed with a local Fire Department beginning in their second quarter to gain valuable experience in the field. Please see the attached application for more details. The application is due April 10, 2019. We will be awarding full scholarships. Applicants that pass the initial application screening will be required to do an interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Download Application

How do I apply?

  1. Follow the steps to apply to Skagit Valley College: www.skagit.edu/getstarted
  2. When applying for admission to Skagit Valley College, identify FIRE as your area of study.
  3. Fill out the 2017–2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.wa.gov. SVC’s code is: #003792
  4. Complete and submit the Skagit County Joint Agency Scholarship Application by April 10, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. to Lynnette Bennett Associate Dean of Workforce Education Nelson Hall, Room 206 Skagit Valley College 2405 East College Way Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Selected applications will be chosen to interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee to determine final recipients.

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