The A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science is an online associate degree program that transfers into a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree program at ENMU. It is designed for individuals who are currently employed by fire service organizations.
Modern fire service requires personnel with comprehensive knowledge of all phases of fire protection. The Fire Science program provides instruction in general and specific areas of fire prevention, investigation, technology, and firefighting tactics. Additional courses are offered in fire service administration and fire service management. Three areas of emphasis are available in the program:
- Structural Firefighting,
- Wildland Firefighting, and
- Emergency Medical Services
General education courses do not have to be completed prior to enrolling in Fire Science courses. Credit for training will be awarded after the student is enrolled as a student at ENMU-Roswell.
Credit for Industry Credentials
Any student with a nationally recognized fire instruction or preapproved departmental courses may be awarded college credit hours toward an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science. Students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours through the ENMU system. A maximum of 33 credit hours can be awarded.
Training must meet one of the following requirements:
- International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certification
- National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board)certification
- National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) credentialed courses
- National Fire Academy courses
- New Mexico State Fire Academy courses
- Preapproved departmental courses.
Program Learning Outcomes
In addition to supporting institutional learning outcomes and building upon the foundational general education outcomes, upon completion of this program students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the components and development of the fire and emergency services.
- Understand theoretical concepts of how fire impacts major types of building construction.
- Identify the fundamental theories of fire behavior and combustion and differentiate the various types of extinguishing agents.
- Understand the concepts of risk management and mitigations as it pertains to emergency services.
- Understand code enforcement as it impacts life and property loss.