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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:

Fire Prevention 3cr
One of the following: Fire Dynamics, Fire Chemistry 3cr
Fire Codes and Standards 3cr
Fire Hydraulics 3cr
Fire Detection Systems 3cr
One of the following: Emergency Scene Operations, Strategy and Tactics     3cr
Building Construction for Fire Science 3cr
Emergency Incident Management 3cr
One of the following: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Process and Transport of Hazardous Materials      3cr
Fire Investigation 3cr
Fire Administration 3cr
One of the following: Safety Organization and Management, Occupational Health and Safety 3cr
One of the following: Fire Service Legal Issues, Fire Protection Law 3cr
Strategic Planning 3cr
Capstone 3cr



  • Computer competence (knowledge may be documented in use of computer software)
  • Competence in interpersonal relations

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Fire Service Administration will be able to:

  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.