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Fire Prevention

Train for work in public fire departments or private industry with a degree in fire prevention from Chemeketa.

Potential Salary$60,000

topics Social Service

Skills & InterestProblem Solving

CareersSocial Sciences

  • A large fire is partially drenched by a fire hose
  • Chemeketa Brooks facility

Why choose program or class?

Fighting fires may get your adrenaline pumping, but would you rather be part of efforts to prevent fires in the first place?

In Chemeketa's Fire Prevention program, you will train to stop fires before they start and pave the way for jobs in the public and private sectors.

Chemeketa's Fire programs are accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

What will you learn?

In the Fire Prevention degree program, class, laboratory and field work will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. You will learn about the inner workings of combustibles, fire inspection, criminal investigation and what it takes to be the public face of an organization in fire services.

 

What will you do?

In the process of earning your degree, you will learn to –

  • Exhibit safety practices under general supervision to prevent the occurrence and severity of hostile fires, to mitigate the effect of fire on people, and to assist in the determination of the cause of such fires
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communications skills to meet the needs of internal and external customers, resolve conflicts, and explain fire prevention concepts in a manner that places a high priority on customer satisfaction
  • Exhibit the ability to collaborate with a diversity of colleagues in order to accomplish goals of the organization
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct risk reduction inspections through employing hazard identification, interpreting and applying codes and standards, and applying hazard abatement process
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct, coordinate, and complete basic fire cause and origin investigation and participate, under supervision, in the investigation of complex fire situations

Graduates with a degree in Fire Prevention are prepared for careers as fire investigators, work in state or local fire prevention bureaus, fire service public relations and public education, and as fire prevention specialists in private industry.

  • Fire Prevention Associate of Applied Science
    • Exhibit safety practices under general supervision to prevent the occurrence and severity of hostile fires, to mitigate the effect of fire on people, and to assist in the determination of the cause of such fires
    • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communications skills to meet the needs of internal and external customers, resolve conflicts, and explain fire prevention concepts in a manner that places a high priority on customer satisfaction
    • Exhibit the ability to collaborate with a diversity of colleagues in order to accomplish goals of the organization
    • Demonstrate the ability to conduct risk reduction inspections through employing hazard identification, interpreting and applying codes and standards, and applying hazard abatement process
    • Demonstrate the ability to conduct, coordinate, and complete basic fire cause and origin investigation and participate, under supervision, in the investigation of complex fire situations

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Prevention Measurements

    Prevention Results

  • Fire Service SUPERVISION & MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE

    The Fire Service Supervision and Management certificate is designed to prepare current firefighters for promotion to officer positions.

    You will learn valuable leadership and communication skills that you can rely on whether you're on the scene of a three-alarm blaze or managing the day-to-day operations at a fire department.

    To be admitted to the certificate program, you must be certified as Firefighter 1 (or equivalent) and actively be pursuing Firefighter 2 or have an associate degree in fire protection or possess professional certificates and have experience or equivalent credentials in fire prevention, fire training or public fire education.

    You must also be interviewed by the program chair Bill Klein and have your training, education, and experience evaluated. Upon completion of the admittance process, an individualized program of study will be developed for you. The certificate can be completed in less than a year.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Supervision and Management Measurements

    Supervision and Management Results

    Please contact Bill Klein or Chris Riffle for more information on this certificate.

    Bill Klein, 503.399.6240   
    Email

    Chris Riffle, 503.399.5218   
    Email 

  • DISTANCE EDUCATION

    Distance education courses are available for active fire service professionals looking to earn college credits or update their training. Distance education may lead to associate of applied science degrees in fire suppression through a combination of –

    • Transferring credits you've earned from other accredited colleges
    • Earning college credits for prior learning and professional certifications
    • Online courses
    • Independent study courses
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK & DRUG TESTING

    Although Chemeketa's program does not require background checks or drug testing. you might want to familiarize yourself with how future employers might use these procedures. Whether you are hired or promoted for a job may depend on the information revealed in a background check. Job applicants and existing employees as well as volunteers may be asked to submit to background checks. For some jobs, screening is required by federal or state law. The current emphasis on security and safety has dramatically increased the number of employment background checks conducted. For more information, visit privacyrights.org.