It is the mission of the Fire & Emergency Services 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 & Emergency Services degree programs/courses at UAA provide entry-level knowledge and skills for students desiring careers in fire protection and EMS as well as enhancing the knowledge, skills and abilities of career firefighters and EMS personnel.
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, Fire Hydraulics, Protection Systems and Fire Behavior and Combustion. Each student must complete the technical core as well as Math A105 or higher, a natural science with lab and remaining UAA AAS general education requirements. The student also has four options from which to choose: Fire Suppression, Fire Administration, Emergency Medical Services or Wildland Firefighting (not currently offered). It may take more than two years to complete the degree.
It is the goal of the Fire & Emergency Services degree program to:
- Provide students with the subjects which support their career goals.
- Provide fire and emergency service subjects in a manner conductive to learning.
- Provide the knowledge needed by the student/graduate to make decisions, evaluate hazards, work safely and provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by emergency service personnel.
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 five types of building construction and their uniqueness under fire conditions.
- Have the ability to calculate water flow, friction loss, and gallon per minute (gpm) flow for a given scenario.
You may contact the Fire & Emergency Services department by calling (907) 786-6476 or (907) 786-6928.