The Fire Science program at Anna Maria College develops the professionalism and knowledge needed to be successful in today's fire service. The core curriculum is taught by Fire Service Professionals, who bring the material to life. The curriculum has been approved by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) committee at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The curriculum also reflects National Fire Protection Association standards in an effort to address the challenging and dynamic aspects of public or private sector, fire service leadership, and administration.
In addition to College academic requirements, Fire Science majors must complete nine core courses, six upper-level fire science electives. Courses such as:
> Principles of Emergency Services
> Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
> Fire Behavior and Combustion
> Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
> Fire Protection Systems
> Building Construction for Fire Protection
> Applications for Fire Research
> Applied Emergency Service Statistics
> Fire Related Human Behavior
> Fire Investigation and Analysis
> Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
> Human Resources Management in the Emergency Services
> Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services
> Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Anna Maria College Fire Science Program is to equip students with analytical, rhetorical, and conceptual knowledge, skills and abilities to lead the fire and emergency services and allied fire and life safety professions in a rapidly changing, fiscally conscious, and multi-cultural world.
The goals for the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program are for students to:
- Cultivate a critical understanding of the field of fire science through a balance of theory and practical application
- Develop the skills to lead, manage and collaborate with colleagues, subordinates, constituents and the communities they serve
- Gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the issues which face Fire Science professionals and local governments
- Assess the current and historical strategies, practices and policies that guide the modern fire and emergency services profession, particularly in a dynamic and multi-cultural environment
- Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and addressing the impact of fires and emergencies upon the most vulnerable and under-represented members of society
Nationally Recognized Excellence...
In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services hosted the second annual Fire Service Professional Development Summit where Superintendent of the National Fire Academy Dr. Denis Onieal presented a certificate of recognition to the representatives of AMC for their adoption of the nationally recognized Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum in fire science.
> The FESHE curriculum makes it easy for community college students with an Associate's Degree in Fire Science to transfer to AMC.
Contact our transfer student admissions team today to see how an AMC Fire Science degree can help you reach your career goals.
Experts in Theory and Practice...
Our full-time faculty draw upon years of professional experience, applied research and academic credentials to ensure students are prepared to identify, analyze and address the leading fire service challenges of our time. Fire Science Professor Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D has conducted extensive research and has published widely on the topic of firefighters arrested for setting fires. Asst. Chief (Ret.) John Moschella, Ed.D has published and presented work both here and abroad on E-Government among other topics.
Our part-time faculty serve as local fire service leaders and national fire service experts regularly traveling nationally speaking on the most challenging topics of the day. For instance, Deputy Chief John Sullivan has regularly presented on the topic of preventing firefighter injuries and Chief Sheri Bemis has presented on the changing nature of Human Resources in the Fire Service, Chief Gary McCarraher has presented and lectured on adopting performances measures in the fire service and Chief Reggie Freeman has given keynote addresses on how Community Risk Reduction is changing the mission of the modern fire service. Long-time AMC Fire Science Professor Chief (Ret.) Jack Parow was the 2010 – 2011 President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, during which time he was regularly interviewed by major media outlets like CNN about the state of the fire service in light of the tough financial climate. He also served as the host for a number of international delegations, several receptions and awards ceremonies at FRI 2011.
Engaged and Committed Students...
Our on-ground fire science students are among the most active on campus. They regularly host and participate in social events, fire safety events and volunteering opportunities across campus and within the neighboring communities. In recent years a group of AMC Fire Science students traveled to Indianapolis to serve as volunteer staff for the Fire Department Instructors Conference, the largest annual fire service conference in the world. They also organized and ran a well-attended inaugural Emergency Services Symposium, which featured presentations and keynote addresses from Dr. Dennis Onieal, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy and Chief Kelvin Cochran, Fire Chief of Atlanta and former U.S. Fire Administrator. As Ken Holland wrote in the NFPA Fire Service Blog:
I recently had the opportunity to attend a symposium at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts that focused on the future of EMS. The symposium was appropriately titled "2013 Emergency Services Symposium: The Future of Emergency Services". It was a wonderful, daylong event that not only brought various local EMS professionals together but also brought some prominent local and national EMS and fire service professionals together. ... I look forward to the 2014 symposium.
Part-Time, Fully Online, Options...
Many working fire service professionals cannot attend college fulltime due to their work schedule, family responsibilities and professional commitments. For those non-traditional students Anna Maria College also offers a Fire Science degree online for those who already have an Associate's Degree or 60 college level credits. This fully-online, non-residential, degree program is perfect for working fire service professionals looking for a well-respected and regionally accredited bachelor's degree on a schedule that works for you. Contact one of our distance learning admissions advisors today to learn more about how this degree can help you reach your personal and professional goals.
Educational Objectives/Learning Outcomes...
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science program should be able to:> Comprehend and analyze a broad range of fire science concepts including: the history and lineage of the modern fire and emergency services; fundamental fire chemistry, fire behavior and fire dynamics; how the various types of fire protection systems are designed to meet differences in building construction, hazard type, environmental conditions and compartment configuration.
> Understand and use contemporary strategies and theories used to effectively manage and lead employees in various organizational settings and contexts.
approaches to mitigate the impact of these variations in behavior.
> Accurately calculate hydraulic flow rates, static pressures, residual pressures, friction losses and pump capacities.
> Conduct a thorough and legally defensible fire investigation.