It is the mission of the Fire & Emergency Services Technology programs at UAA to graduate competent and ethical professionals by providing the best possible general/technical education, offering the students the opportunity to enhance their skills, learn new skills, gain the ability to function at a professional level and provide lifelong learning.
The Fire and Emergency Services Technology programs/courses at UAA provide entry-level knowledge and skills for students desiring careers in emergency services as well as providing for career advancement and professional development of current firefighters.
It may take more than two years to complete the degree. The Associate of Applied Science degree has a technical core which follows the National Fire Academy’s Fire & Emergency Service Higher Education’s model core curriculum for two year degree programs. The technical core consists of courses in principles of emergency services, building construction, fire prevention, safety and survival, protection systems and fire behavior and combustion. Each student must complete the technical core as well as Math A105 or GER Quantitative Skills course, higher, a natural science with lab, and remaining UAA AAS General Course Requirements. The student also completes courses from a variety of program electives.
For baccalaureate degree options, contact the Fire and Emergency Services Technology Advisor.
Graduates of the Fire & Emergency Services Technology program are prepared to:
- Discuss the history, support organizations, resources, incident management, training, and emergency operations and relate how each plays a role within emergency services.
- Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire.
- Relate how fire prevention and fire inspection are related.
- Demonstrate the importance of public education in relation to fire prevention.
- Identify the systems and equipment used in the control and extinguishment of fire.
- Identify the types of building construction and their uniqueness under fire conditions and how these components are related to firefighter and life safety..
- Relate how the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives foster the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services.
Upon admission to the program, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. You may contact the Fire & Emergency Services department by calling (907) 786-6476 or (907) 786-6928.