Certificate in Fire Science Leadership Added to TNCC Offerings

Published: September 10, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has expanded its offerings this fall to include a Career Studies Certificate in Fire Science Leadership. The new program was created in response to needs expressed by local fire departments and educates students about the latest advances in the field of fire science. TNCC also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology.

“This is just the beginning of many opportunities our service area can expect from TNCC,” said Norman Hahn, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The College continues to position itself to provide college degrees and certificates to meet the needs of our business partners and the workforce. We continue to Reach. Teach. Serve. as One College. One Vision,” he said.

The Fire Science Leadership Career Studies Certificate will increase the likelihood of promotion in the field for aspiring firefighters. The 29-credit program features an array of new courses, including Fire Instructor and Fire Officer courses and an Emergency Service Supervision course. The curriculum complements the new classes with several existing courses, including Occupational Safety and Health for Fire Service, Building Construction for Fire Protection, Fire Administration and Legal Aspects of Fire Service. Before completing the program, each student is required to participate in a coordinated internship or cooperative education opportunity. Both are made possible by partnerships between TNCC and local fire departments.

Fire science covers many aspects of the fire service profession — the behavior of fire, the basics of fire extinguishment, rescue, and relevant environmental policy. Careers in the field include firefighter, fire inspector and fire investigator as well as forest fire inspector and prevention specialist.

For more information about TNCC’s new Fire Science Leadership program, visit TNCC’s website at www.tncc.edu.


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