Fire Science is a cooperative program between Iḷisaġvik College and the North Slope Borough Fire Department. The program prepares participants in Municipal Fire Control and upon completion they will be eligible to apply for Alaska state certifications as an EMT I and as a state of Alaska Fire Officer I. The program is operated in accord with the requirements of the 2002 National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Standards. Participants obtain classroom education, hands-on training and practical experience with the North Slope Borough Fire Department. The program is open to both paid and volunteer firepersons who are able to participate with the NSB Fire Department. Applicant must meet age, education and medical requirements of the NSB Fire Department. Certificates in EMT I and Firefighter I are offered and apply to the AAS degree in Municipal Fire Control. The program will take approximately 3 years to complete and is offered fall, spring and summer.
Upon successful completion of the Fire Science program graduates will be able to:
- Apply for certification as an EMT I.
- Sit for the State of Alaska Fire Officer I exam. (There is both a written and a practical exam. Written exam must be passed with a minimum score of 70%).
- Meet the requirements of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Standard 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications.
- Apply effective emergency trauma procedures.
- Effectively operate Personal Protective Equipment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the mission, organization and operating procedures of a municipal fire department.
- Effectively receive and transmit fire calls.
- Effectively write applicable reports.
- Demonstrate the correct use of various fire apparatus.
- Safely force entry into a structure and exit from hazardous conditions.
- Understand the use and purposes of various fire suppressants and effectively use these.
- Identify the correct use of various portable fire extinguishers.
- Extinguish flames in Class A, B and C materials using correct suppressants.
- Combat ground fires as a member of a team.
- Perform a fire safety survey in a private dwelling.
The following matrix provides the requirements for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Municipal Fire Control. Applicants who wish to apply for this program should first consult with the NSB Fire Training Officer and then complete an application for admission to the program at Iḷisaġvik College. Program advisor will be the NSB training officer.