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Fire Science program is an Accredited Regional Training Program through the California State Fire Marshal and the State Board of Fire Services
The Fire Science (FIR) Program at Lake Tahoe Community College is comprised of three areas of concentration.
The Fire Science program culminates in an Associate degree (90 units) or Certificates of Achievement:
The Certificates of Achievement are considered "stepping stones" into a volunteer fire service position and allow students to thoroughly explore the career options before committing to an Associate degree program. Refer to the catalog for descriptions of the course requirements for completing the AA degree or the certificates of achievement. Students can expect to complete a degree or certificate in two years.
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The Fire Science degree or certificate is designed to give students the required knowledge to pursue entry-level municipal or wildland fire service careers. Students will gain a broad working knowledge of the many aspects of fire service organization and operations, proper use of fire equipment, tactics and strategies of fire fighting, specialized job skills, and management techniques. The Fire Science program emphasizes critical thinking skills in the examination and analysis of modern fire service issues and the strengthening of effective written and oral communication skills. This program follows the United States Fire Administration's National Fire Academy, Fire and Emergency Services (FSHE) Higher Education Model.
Student Learning Outcomes for this major are:
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