2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Oct 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fire Science - Fundamental Firefighting Certificate

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Certificate: 38 Hours

Becoming a firefighter is a big commitment of time and service. On the most basic level, firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies. Due to the wide range of duties involved in the job, firefighters must receive expert training to handle tasks such as connecting hoses and pumps, rescuing and treating the injured, writing reports on incidents and potential fire causes, educating the public about safety, conducting routine drills, and maintaining fire equipment. This certificate program addresses the foundational skills universal to all structural firefighters. Everyone must start with learning the Basics. Breaking that training into smaller "parts"  can make it easier to fit the training into a busy schedule. While emergency services organization training requirements can vary from entity to entity, most public safety entities require all applicants to complete some post-secondary education and career training.

The Fundamental Firefighting Certificate program prepares students for employment, for entry into a formal undergraduate degree program, or qualifying the student for advancement in specific duties and organizational roles. The program concentrates on courses in the professional field without requiring students to complete a year or more of general education studies. The Fundamental Firefighting Certificate Program is a specially designed firefighting certificate for students wanting to pursue entry level opportunities as firefighters.  OTC's Fire Science Technology Program has developed a one-year certificate program that combines practical and classroom instruction into a nationally recognized certificate program. The education received in this program is applicable to the OTC Fire Science Technology A.A.S. degree program in fire science. 

This certificate program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). 

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