Salem State University currently offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Service Administration as a part of their online programs. This degree will prepare students for careers in the fire department sector by providing them with a solid foundation in the field of fire science. Students can pursue positions such as administrative, executive, and management leaderships. Fire Officers with this degree can climb the career ladder to such positions as fire chief and other supervisory areas.
This program is mainly an upper level degree created to attract students from the Massachusetts Community College System. The curriculum meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association Standard establishment for Fire Officer I, II, III, IV, in NFPA 1031-1983. Lower level courses will focus on basic fire technology skills while upper level courses will focus on research and administration of fire protection as a vital part of the public delivery system.
The fire department is a vital public service in any community. It can be a private or a public organization and mainly provides emergency firefighting and rescue services. A fire department can also have fire prevention services such as visiting homes, fitting smoke alarms, and giving talks about fire safety. Workers also make sure buildings are properly equipped with the fire alarm devices. The department can be staffed by career firefighters as well as volunteer or a combination of the two.
The Administration portion of the Fire Department is responsible for supervision, handling budgets, enforcing policy, and maintaining human resources. Student will learn skills such as equipment management and costs, fire staff administration, and local fire policy and its implementation. A student with a degree in Fire Service Administration will have important skills needed to effectively and efficiently oversee any fire department.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
The curriculum meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association Standard establishment for Fire Officer I, II, III, IV, in NFPA 1031-1983.
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