Concentration - Fire Service Administration

Concentration - Fire Service Administration

The Fire Service Administration concentration is designed to provide students with a foundation in the principles and practices required to meet the diverse demands of an emergency and administrative management career in a fire service organization. Successful completion of this 45-credit concentration will prepare an individual for a leadership position in the field of fire science.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirement Credits
Fire Prevention 3 credits
One of the following:
Fire Dynamics
Fire Chemistry
3 credits
Fire Codes and Standards 3 credits
Fire Hydraulics 3 credits
Fire Detection Systems 3 credits
One of the following:
Emergency Science Operations
Strategy and Tactics
3 credits
Building Construction for Fire Science 3 credits
Emergency Incident Management 3 credits
One of the following:
Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Process and Transportation of Hazardous Materials
3 credits
Fire Investigation 3 credits
Fire Administration 3 credits
One of the following:
Safety Organization and Management
Occupational Health and Safety
3 credits
One of the following:
Fire Services Legal Issues
Fire Protection Law
3 credits
Strategic Planning 3 credits
Capstone - FSA 499 (Culminating course in concentration) 3 credits
Co-requisite: Computer competence (knowledge may be documented in use of computer software).  
Note:Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. explain the development of the field of Fire Protection;
  2. explain the factors and physical processes that govern the growth and spread of fire;
  3. explain and apply the national fire and life safety codes;
  4. explain hydraulics as it relates to the flow of water through pipe, hose and fittings;
  5. have comprehensive knowledge of various types of fire detection, suppression and notification systems;
  6. analyze and manage multi-hazard emergency conditions, and make appropriate strategic, tactical and task decisions to mitigate the incident;
  7. explain the different types of building construction and the fire behavior and collapse characteristics of each;
  8. explain the chemical and physical properties of chemicals commonly manufactured and used in industry;
  9. explain the principles of conducting a cause and origin investigation of a fire;
  10. make strategic and tactical decisions relating to management of a fire service organization in the areas of budgeting, project management, contract negotiations, discipline and conflict resolution;
  11. explain health and safety standards and regulations that impact on a fire service organization;
  12. explain the legal principles that impact upon the management of a fire service organization;
  13. explain factors that relate to successful leadership of groups of people;
  14. analyze national, state and local fire loss data and develop appropriate strategies; and
  15. develop, implement and revise strategic plans.