Fire Protection Technology

2015-16 Edition

Cascade Campus
Public Services Education Building (PSEB), Room 132
971-722-5535 (Fax)

Career and Program Description

Those enrolled in the Fire Protection Technology Program are preparing for occupations or advancement in fire suppression, investigation, prevention, public safety education, emergency management, emergency medical and rescue services, hazardous materials technology, wildland fire fighting, college transfer and other educational programs.

The PCC program is designed to correlate classroom, laboratory and field experience in public and private sector structural and wildland fire organizations. The program that follows is designed for both students who wish to enter the fire service (pre-service) and professional fire fighters who wish to obtain an AAS degree, or meet specific Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training accreditation requirements, or meet entry requirements for BA/BS programs in fire administration at Eastern Oregon or Western Oregon University.

The technical core courses required in the AAS Degree provide a broad in-depth study of the science and technology, organizational structures, and policies and procedures related to the fire service.  Leadership, human resource management, cultural diversity and customer service are stressed as part of the contemporary fire service officer education and training program.

In addition to technical core courses, 16 credits of general study courses that are focused on written and verbal communications, human behavior and ethics are part of the degree core requirements and another 16 credits of general education courses are required as part of the comprehensive AAS Degree requirements.  Math and Writing courses are also required to meet college competency requirements and fire officer standards. The AAS Degree in Fire Protection Technology will help individuals prepare to become leaders in the fire service and in the communities that they live and work in.  Completion of the AAS Degree also prepares the individual to continue their education at the Bachelor Degree level in Fire Service Administration.

The Fire Protection Technology Certificate is a 42-credit pre-employment certificate designed to meet specific entry-level fire service certification requirements including Fire Fighter 2, Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness and Operations, Wildland Interface Fire Fighter 2 and Emergency Medical Technician. Upon completion of the Fire Academy and EMT classes, students will be eligible to begin cooperative education classes to gain work experience in the field with a fire department. A minimum of six months of work experience as an intern is required to earn the Fire Protection Certificate. Students should plan to be involved with a fire agency for a minimum of six months to earn the certificate but expect to commit to spending a year or more to maintain fire fighter skills and proficiency while perusing a career position.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fire Protection Technology

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Fire Protection Technology

Prerequisites and Requirements

Students interested in the Fire Protection Pre-Employment Certificate program must take FP 101 as part of the prerequisites to enter the Fire Academy Part I and Part II program. Attendance at the first Fire Academy class is mandatory. No Exceptions. Students who miss the first class will be dropped from the roster by the department. In addition, students must be enrolled in both FP 111, Fire Academy Part I and FP 112, Fire Academy Part II. Students should have completed MTH 20, RD 80 and WR 90 or tested into higher level course work before starting the certificate program.

Students intending to enroll in the Fire Academy Part I and Part II will be required to have a physician's release to use equipment designed to protect the respiratory system from the products of combustion and hazardous chemicals. It is recommended that students acquire a physicians release prior to committing to the program. This equipment includes, but is not limited to: self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), respirators and filter mask.

Due to the unique responsibilities involved in the practical application of fire protection and emergency response during lab periods and cooperative education assignments, the Fire Protection Technology Department reserves the right to counsel and guide students who demonstrate unsuitable characteristics (unsafe or unethical behavior, or physical inability to perform standard job duties) into another area of study.

Students with a health, physical or psychological problem, that may affect or be affected by the use of protective breathing equipment should contact the department prior to entering the program.

Criminal history background checks will be mandatory. Satisfactory background checks are needed to qualify for cooperative education and state certification as a fire fighter and EMT Basic. The cost for the criminal history background check is the responsibility of the student.

Fire Protection Technology students should be aware that the following questions are asked on the National Registry EMT and/or the Oregon EMT Application:

  1. Do you or have you had within the past 10 years, any physical or mental condition that impairs, could impair, or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMT? If you answer yes, explain whether your condition is controlled by medication or other treatment and how your condition treated or untreated, affects your ability to perform the duties of an EMT.
  2. Do you or have you used in the last 10 years, any drug or chemical substance for other than legitimate medical purposes that impairs or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMT?
  3. Have you been counseled about, diagnosed with, or treated for, a dependency on alcohol or drugs within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any misdemeanor or felony? (Minor traffic violations need not be reported.)
  5. Has an employer or supervising physician taken disciplinary action against you related to your duties as an EMT? (Discipline includes suspension, letter or reprimand, resignation in lieu of termination, a limitation or restriction of scope of practice or dismissal for cause.)
  6. Have you been named in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice or misconduct related to providing medical care?
  7. Have you ever been disciplined, denied or revoked by the National Registry of EMTs or any health care certifying/licensing agency?
  8. Have you ever surrendered or resigned a health care license or certificate?
  9. Have you lived, worked or attended school outside of Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days in the last 5 years?

Students entering the AAS Fire Protection Technology degree program need to have completed the Fire Protection Pre-Employment Certificate at PCC or have equivalent training and certification through a local fire agency and have met course prerequisite requirements of WR 115 and MTH 60. The AAS in Fire Protection Technology is designed to meet specific fire service certification requirements including Emergency Service Instructor I, Fire Officer I, and Fire Officer II.

Fire Protection Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 100 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. A maximum of 24 Pass/No Pass credits are allowed in the Fire Protection Technology AAS Degree. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Fire Protection Degree Courses

COMM 111 *Public Speaking4
COMM 214 *Interpersonal Communication: Process and Theory4
FP 121Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FP 122Fundamentals of Fire Prevention3
FP 130Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply3
FP 137Fire Protection Systems3
FP 166Building Construction for Fire Protection3
FP 170Introduction to Firefighting Tactics and Strategy3
FP 207Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service3
FP 210Multicultural Strategies for Firefighters3
FP 212Fire Investigation (Cause Determination)3
FP 214Occupational Safety & Health for the Fire Science3
FP 225Fire Department Customer Service3
FP 240Emergency Services Instructor I3
FP 273Fire Service Human Resource Management3
FP 274Introduction to Fire and Emergency Administration3
FP 275Community and Government Relations3
FP 289Emergency Service Lifetime Fitness and Conditioning3
FP 291Fire Codes and Related Ordinances3
FP 295Major Emergency Tactics/Strategy3
PHL 202 *Ethics4
PSY 101 *Psychology and Human Relations4
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
Fire Protection Degree Electives18
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits100

Could be used as General Education

Fire Protection Degree Electives

EMS 105EMT Part I5
EMS 106EMT Part II5
FP 101Principles of Emergency Services3
FP 111Fire Academy Part 110
FP 112Fire Academy Part 27
FP 123Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations3
FP 133Wildland Firefighter3
FP 161Vehicle Extrication Basics0.5
FP 200Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator I3
FP 201Introduction to Emergency Service Rescue4
FP 215Urban Interface Fire Operations3
FP 232Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator II2
FP 242Hazardous Materials Chemistry3
FP 280ACooperative Education: Fire Protection3
FP 280 B3

Fire Protection Technology Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 42 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Fire Protection Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained within the Fire Protection Technology AAS Degree.  All courses required for the certificate must be completed at PCC or through a recognized Dual Credit program.

Course of Study

EMS 105 1EMT Part I5
EMS 106 1EMT Part II5
FP 101Principles of Emergency Services3
FP 111Fire Academy Part 110
FP 112Fire Academy Part 27
FP 123Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations3
FP 133Wildland Firefighter3
FP 280ACooperative Education: Fire Protection6
Total Credits42

EMS 105 and EMS 106 may be taken before or after FP 101.


FP 101. Principles of Emergency Services. 3 Credits.

Introduces Emergency Services. Explores career opportunities and requirements for emergency service responders. Introduces nomenclature, history, basic chemistry and physics of emergency situations, life safety initiatives, laws and loss analysis. Introduces fire protection systems, specific fire protection functions, organization and function of public and private emergency services. Prerequisites: WR 90 and MTH 20. Audit available.

FP 111. Fire Academy Part 1. 10 Credits.

Covers basic tools, procedures, techniques and safety precautions utilized by firefighters, during fire ground operations. Includes comprehensive training in individual firefighting skills. Involves transfer of knowledge obtained from classroom instruction to drill ground application, during hands-on training. Prerequisite: WR 90 and MTH 20. Corequisite: FP 112.

FP 112. Fire Academy Part 2. 7 Credits.

Covers tools, procedures, techniques and safety precautions utilized by firefighters, during fire ground operations. Includes comprehensive training in firefighting skills related to fire company evolutions. Involves transfer of knowledge obtained from classroom instruction to drill ground application, during hands-on live fire training. Corequisite: FP 111.

FP 121. Fire Behavior and Combustion. 3 Credits.

Explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. Covers the process of combustion, fire dynamics in a compartment, dynamics of extreme fire behavior and reading smoke. Prerequisites: WR 115 and MTH 60.

FP 122. Fundamentals of Fire Prevention. 3 Credits.

Provides fundamental knowledge relating to the field of fire prevention. Includes history and philosophy of fire prevention; organization and operation of a fire prevention division; use and application of codes and standards; plans review; fire inspections; fire and life safety education; and fire investigation. Prerequisites: WR 115 and MTH 60.

FP 123. Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations. 3 Credits.

Designed to prepare individuals to safely respond to hazardous materials emergencies. Individuals will learn to analyze an incident; detect the presence of hazardous materials; survey the scene; collect hazard information from the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook; implement actions consistent with standard operating procedures; initiate protective actions and initiate the notification process.

FP 130. Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply. 3 Credits.

Provides a foundation of theoretical knowledge in order to understand the principles of the use of water in fire protection and to apply hydraulic principles to analyze and to solve water supply problems. Prerequisites: MTH 95, WR 115 and FP 112 or equivalent.

FP 133. Wildland Firefighter. 3 Credits.

Covers the basic skills required for wildland fire fighting. Includes wildland fire behavior, fire control tactics, human factors on the fireline, standards for fire fighter safety and survival, and an introduction to the incident command system. Prerequisites: WR 90, RD 80 and MTH 20.

FP 137. Fire Protection Systems. 3 Credits.

Covers features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based fire suppression systems, special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers. Prerequisites: MTH 60 and WR 115.

FP 161. Vehicle Extrication Basics. 0.5 Credits.

Covers procedures utilized for the extrication of injured victims from motor vehicles. Includes, tools, equipment and hazards associated with vehicle extrication and safety considerations during rescue operations.

FP 166. Building Construction for Fire Protection. 3 Credits.

Covers the components of building construction related to firefighter and life safety. Includes the classifications of building construction and the theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction. Prerequisites: FP 112, MTH 60, WR 115, and RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

FP 170. Introduction to Firefighting Tactics and Strategy. 3 Credits.

Explores tactics and strategies used on emergency incidents. Includes incident action plan, size-up, exposures protection, rescue, containment, extinguishment, control, incident command system, mutual aid operations, post-incident analysis, and prefire surveys. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121 and MTH 65, and FP 112.

FP 200. Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator I. 3 Credits.

Covers practical procedures, techniques and safety precautions used while operating fire apparatus. Includes fire apparatus inspection and preventative maintenance, driving laws and policies, specific to the apparatus operator maneuver a vehicle, and apparatus positioning. Prerequisite: FP 112. Corequisite: FP 232.

FP 201. Introduction to Emergency Service Rescue. 4 Credits.

Introduces level I technical rescuer knowledge and skills as identified in NFPA 1006, including, job performance requirements, rope rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse, vehicle and machinery rescue, surface water rescue, swiftwater rescue, dive rescue, surf rescue, and wilderness rescue. Prerequisite: FP 112 or Fire Fighter II certification.

FP 207. Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service. 3 Credits.

Covers fire service based pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical systems based on NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, Chapters 4 and 5. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65, EMS 106, FP 112.

FP 210. Multicultural Strategies for Firefighters. 3 Credits.

Provides familiarization with communication styles, customs, language, and behavior patterns of various cultures, ethnic groups, and non-traditional populations as employed by and encountered by the fire service and other emergency service professions. Prerequisite: WR 121 and MTH 65.

FP 212. Fire Investigation (Cause Determination). 3 Credits.

Examines the burning characteristics of combustibles and how materials are ignited. Covers interpreting clues and burn patterns leading to the point of origin and identifying incendiary indicators and sources of ignition. Covers preliminary interview procedures and how to preserve fire scene evidence. Prerequisite: WR 121, MTH 65, and FP 112.

FP 214. Occupational Safety & Health for the Fire Science. 3 Credits.

Introduces the basic concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Includes risk evaluation and control procedures for fire stations, training sites, emergency vehicles, emergency situations involving fire, EMS, hazardous materials, and technical rescue. Prerequisite: WR 121 and MTH 65.

FP 215. Urban Interface Fire Operations. 3 Credits.

Explores tactical and strategic decisions that structural firefighters and wild land firefighters will be making when confronting wild land fires that threaten life, property, and improvements in the wild land/urban interface. This course is equivalent to National Wildfire Coordination Groups S-215 course. Prerequisite: FP 112, FP 133, MTH 60 and placement into WR 121.

FP 225. Fire Department Customer Service. 3 Credits.

Explores personal and practical skills needed to enhance customer service in the fire service with an emphasis on techniques used in emergency service operations. Covers the importance and the aspects of service delivery and basic human relations involved in fire department customer service. Prerequisite FP 112, FP 122, WR 121 and MTH 65.

FP 232. Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator II. 2 Credits.

Covers practical procedures, techniques, and safety precautions used during apparatus operations. Includes the history and development of fire apparatus capabilities, pump construction, procedures for operation and hydraulic formulas used to calculate flow requirements. Knowledge and skills acquired during classroom instruction will be applied in drill ground operations. Prerequisite: FP 200.

FP 240. Emergency Services Instructor I. 3 Credits.

Designed to meet NFPA Standard 1041; Fire and Emergency Services Instructor I. Presents how to organize classroom, laboratory and outdoor learning environments and present prepared lessons utilizing recognized methods of instruction. Includes strategies to adjust and modify presentations based on student learning styles and changing classroom environments. Covers how to write course objectives and student learning outcomes. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65 and COMM 111.

FP 242. Hazardous Materials Chemistry. 3 Credits.

Covers basic chemistry relating to hazardous materials categories. Includes key recognition, identification, reactivity, and health hazards encountered by emergency services. Prerequisites: FP 112, FP 123, WR 121 and MTH 65.

FP 243. Laws Affecting Fire Fighting. 1 Credit.

Covers various federal, state and local statutes, codes and ordinances that have a bearing on firefighters. Personal and organizational responsibilities will be covered. Equal employment opportunity, operation of emergency vehicles and fire codes are included.

FP 273. Fire Service Human Resource Management. 3 Credits.

Covers NFPA 1021, Chapters 4.2 and 5.2 and will involve human resources to accomplish assignments in accordance with safety plans and in an efficient manner. Involves evaluating personnel performance and supervising personnel during emergency and non-emergency work periods. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65, FP 112.

FP 274. Introduction to Fire and Emergency Administration. 3 Credits.

Introduces the organization and management of a fire and emergency services department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasizes fire and emergency service, ethics, and leadership from the perspective of the company officer. Includes preparing a project or divisional budget, news releases, and policy changes, according to job performance requirements. This course meets NPFA 1021, Chapters 4.4 and 5.4. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65, FP 112 or department permission.

FP 275. Community and Government Relations. 3 Credits.

Explores responding to inquiries of the community and allied organizations in the community. Covers communicating and projecting the role, image and mission of the department to the public and organizations for the purpose of establishing strategic partnerships and delivering safety, injury and fire prevention education programs. This course meets the intention of NFPA 1021, Fire Officer I & II, Chapters 4.3 and 5.3. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 121 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores, and FP 122 or department permission.

FP 280A. Cooperative Education: Fire Protection. 3 Credits.

Offers field placement in a fire department to link course work to actual working experiences. Emphasizes independent learning and workplace skills with limited instruction. Must be coordinated with the hosting fire department supervisor, PCC Fire Protection instructor, and PCC cooperative education specialist. Attendance at mandatory seminar and Fire Protection Department permission required. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 60 or equivalent placement test scores, and FP 112, FP 123, and EMS 106.

FP 280B. Cooperative Education. 3 Credits.

Offers hands on training experience in a fire service related work environment and equipment lab linking academic work to actual fire related drill experiences. Emphasizes workplace skills, teamwork and student leadership.

FP 289. Emergency Service Lifetime Fitness and Conditioning. 3 Credits.

Covers all aspects of fitness for current and prospective firefighters. Includes physical and mental aspects of performance for optimal achievement on fire department agility tests and firefighting tasks; individual conditioning strategies, nutritional guidelines, protective clothing concepts, basic exercise principles, pre-employment, evaluation, and lifelong fitness and conditioning. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65.

FP 291. Fire Codes and Related Ordinances. 3 Credits.

Covers aspects of the International Fire Code (IFC), State laws, regulations, revised statutes and local ordinances related to fire & life safety. Includes interpretation of the IFC, code development and the adoption process; code enforcement authority and limitations; application of codes, documentation and interrelationships of codes and standards, recommended practices and ethical and political issues. Designed to meet NFPA Standard 1031; Standard for Professional Qualifications, for Fire Inspector I. Prerequisites: WR 121, MTH 65, FP 122, FP 137 and FP 166. Audit available.

FP 295. Major Emergency Tactics/Strategy. 3 Credits.

Covers response and size-up, fire-ground tactics and analysis, post-mortem, pre-fire survey and planning, combined operations, mutual aid, disaster planning and problems in unusual fire operations. Prerequisite: FP 170. Audit available.