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Fire and Emergency Service (BA)

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 sectors, including the organization and management of human and financial resources.

•     Categorize and catalog fire and emergency services and evaluate them in light of public, legal and legislative policy.

•     Design and construct a fire and emergency services 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.

Fire and Emergency Service Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree


Coordinator. Professor Robert Till, Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management (

Advising resources. Sample Four-year Plan of Study

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
PAD 241 Information in Public Management
PAD 343 Administration of Financial Resources
PAD 346 Human Resource Administration 

PART TWO. SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS                              Subtotal: 9 credits

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 passed the New York State Department of Health Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (AEMT-P) certification examination or an equivalent certification from another jurisdiction as determined by the Program Coordinator. Nine credits will be awarded for this certification, satisfying the Emergency Medical Services specialization requirement. Note that while credits may be awarded for other levels of Emergency Medical Technician certification (CFR, EMT-B, AEMT-I, or AEMT-CC), these credits will not satisfy the requirements of the major.

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


                                                                                                                                Total Credit Hours: 33

                                                                                                                                      Last Updated: 2/6/18