Academics: FIRE

Frequently Asked Questions

Program

1) Will the FIRE program prepare you for a fire-fighting career?

Yes, the FIRE program will teach you the academic skills necessary for entry into the fire service field, i. e., fire fighter recruit, insurance adjuster, fire investigator. To qualify for fire fighter recruit positions in government agencies, you are not required to complete the program, however, you will learn about the four basic areas of fire safety, which are Prevention and Inspection, Fire Control, Rescue & Emergency Medical and Management & Administration.

FIRE Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Fire & Environmental Emergency Response

View Program Information in the College Catalog [PDF]

Program Mission

The Fire and Environmental Emergency Response Program is committed to provide training for individuals in the State of Hawaiʻi who are interested in developing entry level skills or in-service professional development required for employment in private, city, state, or federal agencies. Due to the workload demands of fire service personnel another goal is to provide opportunities that are flexible and have accessible delivery options including distance education, evening and week classes, and accelerated course off erings.

Program Description

Program Description: The Fire and Environmental Emergency Response Program courses are provided to meet the needs of the in-service professional as well as students who are not employed by the Fire Service. This Program is designed to prepare students academically for the Fire Service Field, i.e., insurance adjuster, investigator, and safety and building inspector.

Students at Honolulu Community College, who complete 12 credits of Fire and Environmental Emergency Response college credit, may receive up to 31 credits of Fire and Environmental Emergency Response credits for completing Basic Recruitment Training for fire fighting as required by government agencies using Pro Board or IFSAC (International FIRE Service Accreditation Congress) certification. In addition students may be eligible to participate in a cooperative work program that will allow up to a maximum of 6 units of elective Fire and Environmental Emergency Response credits for completion of this program.

An Associate in Science Degree is awarded to students who complete the General Education requirements * and the 42.5 units of Fire and Environmental Emergency Response credits. A Certificate of Achievement is available to students who complete 28 hours of the required and elective Fire and Environmental Emergency Response credits for Emergency Medical Response. A Certificate of Achievement may be awarded to students who complete 24 hours of required credits for Wildland Emergency Response. A Certificate of Achievement may be awarded to students who complete 40 hours of required credits for Fire Emergency Response. A Certificate of Achievement may be awarded to students who complete 46 hours of required credits for Aircraft Rescue Firefighter. A Certificate of Achievement may be awarded to students who complete 31 hours of required credits for Hazardous Materials Response.

Health and physical requirements vary with the employers in the Fire and Environmental Emergency Response field so prospective students should seek advice before enrolling.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the FIRE program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to respond appropriately to fire, medical, and environmental emergency situations at the private, city, state, or federal level.

Program Prerequisites

  • "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100
  • Placement in MATH 24/50

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost of Textbooks is approximately $100 - $250 per semester. Fees for clothing rental and equipment purchase for 280A, 280B, and 280C could exceed $1000.

Gainful Employment Information

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Faculty & Staff

  • Richard (Scotty) Rhode, Instructor, CC, Email, 845-9450
  • Stacy Rogers, Professor, CC, Email, 845-9212
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