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Program Outcomes

Fire Science AAS

Program Mission:  To provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge and abilities to enter the fire service or to increase skills, knowledge and abilities for those already employed as a firefighter.

Program Outcomes: Fire Science - Associate of Applied Science (AAS) < Catalog

  1. Explain and apply strategic tactical priorities for safety, rescue, incident control and loss control for situations including: fire suppression, search and rescue, hazardous materials, and disaster management.
  2. Effectively communicate with others using methods appropriate to the situation, population and multidisciplinary agencies.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate leadership skills and styles to promote effective teamwork in the field and within emergency service organizations.
  4. Apply safety practices to prevent the occurrence and severity of hostile fires, to mitigate the effect of fire on people and to assist in the determination of the cause of such fires.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying a personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.
  6. Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior, fireline tactics and safety.

COCC's Fire Science program measures student achievement of program outcomes by students successfully passing each program requirement course. Within each course students are given a course summative exam, simulation and scenario exercises, lab skills, in addition to weekly in class participation and homework. 

COCC's Institutional Effectiveness department tracks course completions for each program within the college. Interested parties can find more information on COCC's Institutional Effectiveness webpage.