Catalog Year 2017/2018


Prepares graduates to function as entry-level fire and emergency service providers as well as to provide the degree credential necessary for rank promotion and career advancement.

The Fire Service Administration program is open to any career or volunteer fire fighter. This program integrates general education coursework with the major components of the Division of Fire Rescue Services (DFRS) Fire/Rescue training curriculum. Students will complete a total of 60 credits, including 21 general education credits, 24 credits in supporting professional studies courses, and 15 credits through Fire/Rescue Department Career Recruit School courses. Certain courses are restricted to employees or volunteers of the Fire/EMS Department or an emergency services agency.



Robin Shusko
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  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences 
Social & Behavioral Sciences (GenEd course list) 3
Arts & Humanities
Arts and Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) (CMSP 105 or CMSP 107 recommended) 3
Biological & Physical Sciences
Science Elective  (GenEd course list) (BI 103, BI 117 or CH 101 recommended) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues
HE 201–Stress Management 3
General Education Elective (Select from GenEd course list) 3
PE/Health Requirement (HE 201 satisfies this requirement) 1/3
Departmental Requirements
FSA101–Fire Protection Systems 3
FSA103–Fire Investigation and Analysis 3
FSA105–Risk Assessment, Reduction, and Safety 3
FSA107–Disaster Planning and Response 3
FSA109–GIS and Technology for Fire Services  3
FSA201–Fire and Emergency Services Administration 3
FSA203–Principles of Fire Service Leadership 3
FSA205–EMS Operations 3
Other Requirements
FS145-EMTB–Emergency Medical Technician*  6
FS112-EVO–Emergency Vehicle Operator* 2
FS101-FFI–Firefighter I* 3
FS102-FFII–Firefighter II* 2
FS108-HMO–Hazardous Material Operations* 1
FS117-ICS–Incident Command System* 1
Total 60

* The following courses will transfer as 15 credits of work articulated from either the DFRS Recruit Fire Academy Program OR the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute (MFRI).  OR the National Fire Academy (NFA). These classes are restricted to employees or volunteers of the Fire/EMS Department.
This program is designed to enhance qualifications for entry into the Fire or emergency services areas, for preparation for entry-level hiring examinations (reading, writing, and basic mathematics), and for current firefighters and EMS personnel/volunteers wishing to complete a degree in Fire Service Administration. Upon successful completion of this program, general education courses of study will enable the graduate to:
  • Demonstrate college-level communication skills.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking
  • Demonstrate the capacity for systems thinking about ways in which individuals, groups, institutions, and societies interrelate. (Social Sciences)
  • Demonstrate quantitative problem solving (Math)
  • Apply scientific reasoning (Science)
  • Demonstrate technological competence
  • Interpret and apply academic, professional and civic ethics
  • Make informed, critical responses to the visual, performing and literary arts and to the human values expressed in all art forms.
  • Evaluate personal wellness to make critically informed lifestyle choices reflecting an understanding of wellness.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence.
In addition, the application of general education courses will enhance the specific skills acquired through the Fire Service Administration program. The graduate will be able to:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying knowledge and skills pertaining to firefighting, principles of fire behavior, fire protection systems, and fire and emergency services policy and operational procedures.
  • Incorporate the values and behaviors of an academically trained professional, and identify the various parameters of the career.
  • Evaluate case scenarios using mastery of firefighting and EMS concepts.
  • Apply principles, practices, and methods of the Fire and Rescue system to affect successful resolutions to potentially and commonly-encountered situations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate methods of assessment and leadership skills to elicit patient information or conduct scene analyses and prepare applicable reports, documents, reviews, etc.