Associate of Applied Science - AASat Walters State Community College
Credit Hours Required: 60
This degree is designed to address the educational needs of Tennesseans who desire to enter or advance their career within the field of fire science. The program offers both flexibility for those with prior experience and training while providing a clear path for those who are new to the field of study. It was designed to incorporate the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) core courses and therefore, meets current, accepted standards of practice within the field of study. FESHE recognition is an acknowledgment that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA).
The state-of-the-art program includes a strong homeland security and disaster management component to position graduates to be fire service leaders. It is linked to the Naval Postgraduate School's University and Agency Partnership Initiative for Homeland Defense and Security.
- Demonstrate professionalism, ethics, and the ability to interact with others during academic studies and identify how the skills may be transferred to fire science occupations.
- Apply foundational fire science knowledge to “real world” scenarios and describe how the knowledge and skills can be applied to fire science related occupations.
- Identify “real world” scenarios in preparation for advancement in fire science related occupations through the application of prevention, response, and risk management knowledge and skills.
- Demonstrate professional communication skills in the academic setting and identify how the skills can be transferred to fire science occupations.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply problem-solving techniques or methods in a variety of settings to make informed decisions.
The Fire Science degree program assists career and volunteer fire service agencies and personnel in dealing effectively with all aspects of fire and emergency response. The program is unique as it creates a leadership model consistent with the National Fire Academy's Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education project. Additionally, the program enhances the fire service's professional standing and abilities to protect citizens from the devastation of fire, man-made and natural disasters.