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Day and evening Fire Science classes this fall

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Day and evening Fire Science classes this fall

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College will offer day and evening fire science classes this fall. FSC101, Fire Department Operations I, is a 6-credit class that serves as an introductory course designed to cover all aspects of fire department operations using competencies set forth by the National Fire Protection Association.

Two class times are available this semester. Section #5853 began Tuesday, August 9, and meets from 7-9 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Students wishing to enroll in the morning class should contact the EAC Records and Registration Office and enroll no later than Friday, August 12.

The evening class will meet from 6-9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning August 22. Students wishing to enroll in the evening class should register for section #5840.

Both classes will be taught by Brian Merriman at the Thatcher Fire Department.

“This class is really part one of the Fire Science – Level I Certificate program that we offer in cooperation with the Arizona Fire Marshall’s Office,” says Dr. Janice Lawhorn, EAC Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, “with FSC102, Fire Department Operations II, being offered in the Spring of 2012.”

FSC102, Fire Department Operations II, is a 5-credit course that places emphasis on the chemistry of fire, building construction, administrative policies, and techniques of firefighting, and is scheduled to be offered both day and evening in the spring.

Additional courses included in the certificate program include First Aid and CPR, Hazardous Materials First Responder, and Basic Wildland Firefighting, all of which are offered over the next year to complement firefighter training and prepare students for state certification.

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students are eligible for participation in the testing process for state certification as a Fire Fighter I and II by the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence (AzCFSE). For more information or to register for classes, contact the Records and Registration Office at 928-428-8270.