Academics

    FST

    FST 102  Firefighter I - Basic  (1-7-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 101 or equivalent
    This course covers the initial National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards. Topics may include firefighter safety, personal protective equipment, communications, firefighter survival, fire behavior, fire service organization, hazardous materials, and command and control.

    FST 103  Firefighter I - Advanced  (4-4-5)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 102
    This course is a continuation of the National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards and remaining program requirements not covered in Firefighter I - Basic. Topics include operation and use of firefighting tools and equipment, fire classes/control, auto extraction, and a live burn.

    FST 104  Firefighter II   (3-1-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 103
    This course continues coverage of the National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards. Topics include basic firefighting skills and use of equipment such as hoses, flammable liquids, gas fires, construction materials, hydrant flow/operability, and remaining skills not covered in Firefighter I.

    FST 105  Occupational Safety and Health for the Emergency Services  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 102 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course covers safety and health challenges for the responder, including NFPA 1710 Standard for Fire Department Deployment, and OSHA's clarification of the Two-in-Two-Out procedures. The course prepares the student to apply OSHA regulations to real life events.

    FST 106  Building Construction for Fire Protection  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course is a study of the components of building construction that relate to fire and life safety, focusing on firefighter safety. The essential elements of construction and design of structures are shown when inspecting buildings, preplanning fire operations, and operating at emergencies.

    FST 107  Fire Investigation I  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course provides the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the firesetter, and types of fire causes.

    FST 108  Fire Protection Systems  (3-0-3)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course is a study of the features of design and operation of fire alarm systems, water-based and special hazard fire suppression systems, water supply for fire protection, and portable fire extinguishers.

    FST 109  Fire Service Hydraulics and Water Supply  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course is a study of the theory and practice of principles for water use in fire protection. Also covered is the application of hydraulic principles used to analyze and solve water supply problems on an emergency scene. This course meets the requirements recommended by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) committee as core curriculum for fire service higher education and the GTC Fire Service Technology Advanced Certificate.

    FST 201  Legal Aspects of the Fire Service  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course introduces the federal, state, and local laws that regulate emergency services and includes standards of care, tort, liability, and review of relevant court cases.

    FST 202  Fire Administration I  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course introduces the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service.  Emphasis is placed on fire service leadership from the perspective of the company officer.

    FST 203  Fire Prevention  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course studies several components of fire prevention and safety including the history and philosophy of fire prevention, operation of a fire prevention bureau, use of fire codes, identification and correction of fire hazards, built-in fire protection systems, and fire investigation.

    FST 204  Principles of Emergency Services  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course provides an overview of the philosophy and history of fire protection, fire loss analysis, and the laws and regulations affecting the fire service. Specific fire protection functions are also studied, in addition to introductory fire strategies and tactics.

    FST 205  Fire & Emergency Services Company Officer I  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course is the study of supervision, communications, administrative functions, training, human resource management, records management, and other subjects relevant to Fire Officer I qualifications. Content meets the NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications Fire Officer I.

    FST 206  Leadership and Ethics  (3-0-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course provides the skills and tools needed to perform effectively as a leader in the fire service environment. Topics include problem-solving techniques, supervisory skills, ethical behavior, and decision making.

    FST 207  Fire Control Strategy and Tactics  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course provides an in-depth analysis of the principles of fire control through utilization of personnel, equipment, and extinguishing agents on the fire ground.

    FST 208  Fire Behavior and Combustion  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course explores the theories and fundamental principles of how and why fires start, spread, and are controlled.

    FST 209  Hazardous Materials Chemistry  (3-0-3)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  FST 104 or equivalent Firefighter II certification
    Co-requisite:  COL 111 (required)
    This course is a study of basic chemistry related to the categories of hazardous materials including recognition, identification, reactivity and health hazards encountered by emergency services.