Fire Service

Train to save lives

Bates Technical College offers hands-on and classroom training for those interested in pursuing an entry-level career in Fire Service.  Upon the successful completion of the entire curriculum, students will have certificates in the following areas: emergency vehicle operations, Emergency Medical Technician certification (eligible to test for National Registry certification) and entry-level (red card) wild land firefighter certification. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) tests for Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations level as well as Firefighter I.  The training and certification allows the student a great foundation in the fire field and shows prospective employers your commitment to and preparation for the job of firefighter.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Lee Williams
253.680.7188 | leewilliams@bates.ctc.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (day), Mon - Fri, 2:30-10 p.m. (swing)

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$73,380
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings24,300

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Fire Service - Associate of Applied Science: 99-105 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
FIRES101 FIRES101 - Orientation to Fire Service
This course is an introduction to the history, evolution, organization, and traditions of the fire service
2
FIRES102 FIRES102 - Firefighter Safety
This course provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the significant risks associated with the fire service and a look at the common causes of injuries and death faced by todays firefighter. This course also provide students information on the various personal protective equipment available to firefighters, and principles of Critical Incident Stress Management
4
FIRES103 FIRES103 - Fire Service Applications I
In this course students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
5
FIRES104 FIRES104 - Physical Fitness I
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
1
FIRES105 FIRES105 - Introduction to Fire Science
This course introduces students to the science of fire: the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance, fire behavior and suppression methods and how ventilation affects the growth of fire
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 3
FIRES106 FIRES106 - Fire Hose and Appliances
This course introduces students to the care, maintenance, and use of fire hose, hose tools, and associated appliances. Students also identify the key components of municipal and rural water supply systems
3
FIRES107 FIRES107 - Fire Service Applications II
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 5
FIRES108 FIRES108 - Physical Fitness II
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 1
FIRES109 FIRES109 - Ladders
This course covers the various types of portable and mounted ladders used in the fire service. Students identify the uses of ladders on the fire scene, various methods for placement, and maintenance of ladders while suppression operations are in progress
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 5
FIRES110 FIRES110 - Intermediate Fire Service
During this lesson, students identify how common building materials and construction methods are impacted by fire, how to force entry into a structure or structural components, how to apply loss control knowledge and practices, and how to properly select, use, and correctly maintain portable fire extinguishers
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 2
FIRES111 FIRES111 - Fires Service Applications III
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 4
FIRES112 FIRES112 - Physical Fitness III
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student.
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 1
FIRES121 FIRES121 - Wildland Firefighter
This course introduces students to wild land fire behavior, tactics, the 10 standard fire-fighting orders, and the 18 watch out situations found in wild-land situations. The course includes elements of S-130 and S-190, and includes an arduous Pack Test and fire shelter deployment which leads to wild-land Red-Card certification
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 2
FIRES123 FIRES123 - Fire Service Applications IV
In this course students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 5
FIRES124 FIRES124 - Physical Fitness IV
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 1
FIRES125 FIRES125 - Fire Vehicle Operations
This course provides the Knowledge required for the safe operation and maintenance of emergency vehicles. The proper operation of fire pumps, the roles and responsibilities of the driver/operator, and the theory and principles behind water flow and calculations are included
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 3
FIRES201 FIRES201 - Rescure Procedures
Students identify the techniques used to rescue civilians and fire service personnel in various rescue situations, Thermal imaging principles, and the use and care of ropes and webbing
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 3
FIRES202 FIRES202 - Advanced Fire Service
This course describes the role of a Firefighter I in the development and implementation of fire and life safety programs, external and internal communications, and the investigative process of a fires cause and origin
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 3
FIRES203 FIRES203 - Fire Service Applications V
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 5
FIRES204 FIRES204 - Physical Fitness V
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 1
FIRES206 FIRES206 - Employment Preparation
Students are introduced to emergency service professionals career ladder structures. They also apply a variety of job search skills necessary to gain employment in the fire service
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 2
FIRES207 FIRES207 - Strategy, Tactics, and Incident Management
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association Incident Management System at the intermediate level (NIMS). Fire Ground Tactics and Strategies are also included
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 2
FIRES208 FIRES208 - Fires Service Applications VI
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 4
FIRES209 FIRES209 - Basic Life Support
The course is designed to provide awide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognizeseveral life-threatening emergencies, provideCPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner. The course is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare professionals
FIRES203, FIRES204, FIRES206, FIRES207, FIRES208, FIRES216 1
FIRES215 FIRES215 - Hazardous Materials I
This course emphasizes the knowledge required to identify NFPA 472 Awareness Level standards for the first responders to hazardous materials incidents. Students define how to use the Emergency Response Guidebook for responders to hazardous materials incidents
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 1
FIRES216 FIRES216 - Hazardous Materials II
This course emphasizes the knowledge required to identify NFPA 472 Operations Level standards for the first responders to hazardous materials incidents. Students set up decontamination procedures for responders to hazardous materials incidents
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 2

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
FIRES212 FIRES212 - Advanced Firefighter
Students are introduced to the minimum requirements established by the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter II certification. Topics to be presented include IMS, foam ops, and auto extrication
4
FIRES213 FIRES213 - Physical Fitness VI
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
1
FIRES220 FIRES220 - Fire Service Applications VII
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standard
4
FIRES222 FIRES222 - Advanced Pump Operations
The student studies the proper operation of fire pumps, the theory, and principles behind water flow and calculations that are applied on the fire ground. Also taught are drafting and fire pump testing as well as foam operations. Completion of Fire Vehicle Operations and Advanced Pump Operations qualify the student to attain IFSAC certification for Driver Operator Pumper
4
FIRES225 FIRES225 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
This course prepares students to meet the requirements for employment as an EMT-B. It adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation Guidelines and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services standards
14

Fire Service Supervision - Associate of Applied Science: 111 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
FIRES101 FIRES101 - Orientation to Fire Service
This course is an introduction to the history, evolution, organization, and traditions of the fire service
2
FIRES102 FIRES102 - Firefighter Safety
This course provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the significant risks associated with the fire service and a look at the common causes of injuries and death faced by todays firefighter. This course also provide students information on the various personal protective equipment available to firefighters, and principles of Critical Incident Stress Management
4
FIRES103 FIRES103 - Fire Service Applications I
In this course students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
5
FIRES104 FIRES104 - Physical Fitness I
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
1
FIRES105 FIRES105 - Introduction to Fire Science
This course introduces students to the science of fire: the exothermic oxidation of a combustible substance, fire behavior and suppression methods and how ventilation affects the growth of fire
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 3
FIRES106 FIRES106 - Fire Hose and Appliances
This course introduces students to the care, maintenance, and use of fire hose, hose tools, and associated appliances. Students also identify the key components of municipal and rural water supply systems
3
FIRES107 FIRES107 - Fire Service Applications II
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 5
FIRES108 FIRES108 - Physical Fitness II
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 1
FIRES109 FIRES109 - Ladders
This course covers the various types of portable and mounted ladders used in the fire service. Students identify the uses of ladders on the fire scene, various methods for placement, and maintenance of ladders while suppression operations are in progress
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 5
FIRES110 FIRES110 - Intermediate Fire Service
During this lesson, students identify how common building materials and construction methods are impacted by fire, how to force entry into a structure or structural components, how to apply loss control knowledge and practices, and how to properly select, use, and correctly maintain portable fire extinguishers
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 2
FIRES111 FIRES111 - Fires Service Applications III
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 4
FIRES112 FIRES112 - Physical Fitness III
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student.
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 1
FIRES123 FIRES123 - Fire Service Applications IV
In this course students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 5
FIRES124 FIRES124 - Physical Fitness IV
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
FIRES110. FIRES111, FIRES112, FIRES121, FIRES125 1
FIRES203 FIRES203 - Fire Service Applications V
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 5
FIRES207 FIRES207 - Strategy, Tactics, and Incident Management
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association Incident Management System at the intermediate level (NIMS). Fire Ground Tactics and Strategies are also included
FIRES123, FIRES124, FIRES201, FIRES202, FIRES215 2
FIRES240 FIRES240 - Fire Instructor
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association Standard #1041 Professional Qualifications for Fire Service Instructors at the Instructor I level
3
FIRES241 FIRES241 - Fire Safety Office
Students are introduced to health and safety issues of the Fire Service. Included are risk management; workplace safety; and health, wellness, and safety program
2
FIRES242 FIRES242 - Fire Officer I
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association standard 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, for Fire Officer I. Organizational Structure, Leadership and Supervision is also included
5
FIRES243 FIRES243 - Fire Officer II
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association standard 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, for Fire Officer II. Human Resources Management, Fire Origin and Cause Determination is also included
5

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
FIRES212 FIRES212 - Advanced Firefighter
Students are introduced to the minimum requirements established by the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter II certification. Topics to be presented include IMS, foam ops, and auto extrication
4
FIRES213 FIRES213 - Physical Fitness VI
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
1
FIRES220 FIRES220 - Fire Service Applications VII
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standard
4
FIRES222 FIRES222 - Advanced Pump Operations
The student studies the proper operation of fire pumps, the theory, and principles behind water flow and calculations that are applied on the fire ground. Also taught are drafting and fire pump testing as well as foam operations. Completion of Fire Vehicle Operations and Advanced Pump Operations qualify the student to attain IFSAC certification for Driver Operator Pumper
4
FIRES225 FIRES225 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
This course prepares students to meet the requirements for employment as an EMT-B. It adheres to the U.S. Department of Transportation Guidelines and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services standards
14

Fire Fighter - Certificate of Competency: 29 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
This course covers areas, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
FIRES102 FIRES102 - Firefighter Safety
This course provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the significant risks associated with the fire service and a look at the common causes of injuries and death faced by todays firefighter. This course also provide students information on the various personal protective equipment available to firefighters, and principles of Critical Incident Stress Management
4
FIRES103 FIRES103 - Fire Service Applications I
In this course students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
5
FIRES104 FIRES104 - Physical Fitness I
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
1
FIRES106 FIRES106 - Fire Hose and Appliances
This course introduces students to the care, maintenance, and use of fire hose, hose tools, and associated appliances. Students also identify the key components of municipal and rural water supply systems
3
FIRES107 FIRES107 - Fire Service Applications II
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 5
FIRES111 FIRES111 - Fires Service Applications III
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 4

Fire Recruit Academy - Certificate of Training: 22 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
FIRES102 FIRES102 - Firefighter Safety
This course provides a foundation of knowledge regarding the significant risks associated with the fire service and a look at the common causes of injuries and death faced by todays firefighter. This course also provide students information on the various personal protective equipment available to firefighters, and principles of Critical Incident Stress Management
4
FIRES103 FIRES103 - Fire Service Applications I
In this course students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrates performance standards
5
FIRES104 FIRES104 - Physical Fitness I
Throughout their training, students acquire the physical strength and stamina required of the profession. Each physical fitness course builds upon the levels previously achieved by the student
1
FIRES106 FIRES106 - Fire Hose and Appliances
This course introduces students to the care, maintenance, and use of fire hose, hose tools, and associated appliances. Students also identify the key components of municipal and rural water supply systems
3
FIRES107 FIRES107 - Fire Service Applications II
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES101, FIRES102, FIRES103, FIRES104, FIRES106 5
FIRES111 FIRES111 - Fires Service Applications III
Students apply the theory presented in lecture/lab and demonstrate performance standards
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 4

Fire Service Supervision - Certificate of Training: 15 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
FIRES240 FIRES240 - Fire Instructor
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association Standard #1041 Professional Qualifications for Fire Service Instructors at the Instructor I level
3
FIRES241 FIRES241 - Fire Safety Office
Students are introduced to health and safety issues of the Fire Service. Included are risk management; workplace safety; and health, wellness, and safety program
2
FIRES242 FIRES242 - Fire Officer I
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association standard 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, for Fire Officer I. Organizational Structure, Leadership and Supervision is also included
5
FIRES243 FIRES243 - Fire Officer II
Students are introduced to the National Fire Protection Association standard 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, for Fire Officer II. Human Resources Management, Fire Origin and Cause Determination is also included
5

Intro Fire Service - Certificate of Training: Credits

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Wildland Firefigter II - Certificate of Training: 2 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
FIRES121 FIRES121 - Wildland Firefighter
This course introduces students to wild land fire behavior, tactics, the 10 standard fire-fighting orders, and the 18 watch out situations found in wild-land situations. The course includes elements of S-130 and S-190, and includes an arduous Pack Test and fire shelter deployment which leads to wild-land Red-Card certification
FIRES105, FIRES107, FIRES108, FIRES109 2

Students prepare for careers as fire fighters, or in closely related occupations that require certification as a firefighter in this program that is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Training incorporates all entry-level requirements according to nationally recognized standards. Students who choose the management option are prepared for leadership in the fire service with emphasis on the administration and management of fire service organizations. The program is intended to develop skills in critical and analytical reasoning as they apply to fire services.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Meet the minimum academic training requirements of the Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (Fire Fighter I).
  2. Identify laws, regulations, codes, and standards that influence fire department operations.
  3. Identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create laws and codes in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances, and firefighter health and safety.
  4. Analyze the causes of fire to determine extinguishing agents and methods.
  5. Differentiate between the stages of the fire and fire development and compare methods of heat transfer.
  6. Calculate flow requirements for fire apparatus.
  7. Diagram a pump and plumbing schematic for fire apparatus.
  8. Apply mathematic formulae to hydraulics problems
  9. Maintain fire apparatus and equipment.
  10. Identify the common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  11. Use the Incident Command System to manage a wide variety of planned and unplanned incidents.
  12. Apply the principles of interpersonal communication, cooperative teamwork, supervision and management for leadership in the fire service.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College:

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Chief Pat Piper, manager

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  • Chief Darrell Taylor, day

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  • Chief Chuck Kahler, swing

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