Fire and Emergency Service (BA)

The major in Fire and Emergency Service provides a foundation in fire and emergency services, with related courses in management and administration. The major prepares students for careers in fire services, emergency management and administrative aspects of emergency medical services.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

• Identify and test the core mechanisms of fire and emergency services administration in both the public and private sector, including the organization and management of human and financial resources;
• Categorize and catalog fire and emergency services and evaluate in light of public, legal and legislative policy;
• Design and construct a fire and emergency plan and adopt policies which serve the common good and diverse constituencies;
• Analyze specific situations relevant to fire and emergency services and apply and evaluate response;
• Compose and compile data, documents and reports as well as other operational materials essential to agency mission and purpose.

Credits required: 33                            Four Year Academic Plan 
Coordinator: Professor Donell Harvin, Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management (

PART ONE. CORE COURSES Subtotal: 24 credits


FIS 101 Introduction to Fire Science
FIS 104 Risk Management
FIS 350 Management Applications in Fire Protection
FIS 401 Seminar in Fire Protection Problems
PAD 140 Introduction to Public Administration (formerly PAD 240)
PAD 241 Information in Public Management
PAD 343 Administration of Financial Resources
PAD 346 Human Resource Administration


Select one specialization and complete 3 courses

Fire Service

FIS 209 Analysis of Urban Hazardous Materials, Tactics and Strategy
FIS 210 Fire Safety Administration 
FIS 230 Building Construction and Life Safety Systems I

Emergency Medical Services
Students must have taken and passed the New York State Department of Health certification examination for the AEMT-IV paramedic (or an equivalent certification from another jurisdiction as determined by the Program Coordinator). Nine transfer credits will be applied toward this specialization.

Emergency Management

FIS 209 Analysis of Urban Hazardous Materials, Tactics and Strategy
FIS 319 Hazard Identification and Mitigation
SEC 101 Introduction to Security

Total: 33 credits