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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Emergency Response and Operations
Major: 3112
First Term: 2013 Spring    Final Term: 2014 Summer
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60
CIPS Code: 51.0904
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: Shared by: CG, EM, GC, MC, PC, PV, RS
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security / Fire Science
Instructional Council: Emergency Medical Technology / Fire Science Technology (54)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Response and Operations program provides students with a curriculum specific to the student's individual needs in addition to the knowledge and skills needed in today's changing public safety workplace. The program develops education, skills, and techniques for planning, responding, and mitigating various emergency situations within the student's specific discipline with emphasis on effective response and operations. The curriculum combines coursework in public safety emergency services with a general education component. Additional Certificates of Completion (CCL) are available.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates any module.

Admission Criteria:
Students pursuing Track I Fire Operations OR
Track II Paramedicine may be required to complete a program entrance exam as appropriate OR
Permission of Program Director.

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 0-9
 EMT/HLR101Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Cardiac Life Support (.50) OR 
 Current validation in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer (0) OR 
 Permission of Program Director0-.50
 
TRACK I: Fire Operations and TRACK II: Paramedicine
+EMT/FSC104Basic Emergency Medical Technology (9) OR 
 Arizona State EMT Certification or equivalent (0) OR 
 Arizona State Paramedic Certification or equivalent (0) OR 
 Permission of Program Director0-9
 
Required Courses
 Credits: 18-45.5
 Students must select one (1) of the following five (5) tracks:
 
Track I: Fire OperationsCredits: 18
+FSC102Fire Department Operations11
 FSC105Hazardous Materials First Responder3
 FSC130Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT1
 FSC134Fitness and Conditioning for Firefighters3
 
Track II: ParamedicineCredits: 43.5 - 45.5
+EMT235Emergency Cardiac Care3
+EMT236Pharmacology in an Emergency Setting3
+EMT240Advanced Cardiac Life Support2
 
+EMT242Pediatric Advanced Life Support (1) OR 
+EMT265Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers: Advanced (1)1
 
+EMT245Trauma Management I (2) OR 
+EMT246Trauma Management II (4)2-4
 
+EMT272AAAdvanced Emergency Medical Technology12.5
+EMT272ABAdvanced Emergency Medical Technology12.5
+EMT272LLAdvanced Emergency Medical Technology Practicum7.5
 
Track III: Emergency ManagementCredits: 18
 AJS/DPR/FSC139Emergency Response to Terrorism3
 AJS/DPR/FSC146Disaster Recovery Operations3
 AJS/DPR/FSC147Emergency Preparedness3
 AJS/DPR/FSC148Fundamentals of Emergency Management3
 AJS/DPR/FSC149Hazard Mitigation3
 FSC224Incident Command Systems3
 
Track IV: Fire ScienceCredits: 24
 AJS/DPR/FSC147Emergency Preparedness (3) OR 
 AJS/DPR/FSC148Fundamentals of Emergency Management (3)3
 
 FSC105Hazardous Materials First Responder3
 FSC108Fundamentals of Fire Prevention3
 FSC113Introduction to Fire Suppression3
 FSC117Fire Apparatus3
 FSC119Introduction Fire Service Ethics3
+FSC208Firefighter Safety and Building Construction3
 FSC215Customer Service in the Public Sector3
 
Track V: Fire InvestigationCredits 24
 FSC105Hazardous Materials/First Responder3
 FSC108Fundamentals of Fire Prevention3
 FSC119Introduction Fire Service Ethics3
+FSC208Firefighter Safety and Building Construction3
 FSC209Fire Investigation I3
+FSC210Fire Investigation II3
+FSC211Fire Investigation III3
+FSC212Fire Investigation IV3
 
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 0-20
Students must choose the appropriate number of credits to meet the program total for completion. Selected courses will not apply in both Required Courses and Restricted electives areas.
 
 AJS+++++Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies courses
 DPR+++++Any DPR Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response courses
 EMT+++++Any EMT Emergency Medical Technology courses
 FSC+++++Any FSC Fire Science Technology courses
 LET+++++Any LET Law Enforcement Technology courses
 
General Education Requirements
 
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-25
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-15
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
 Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area.6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
 Any approved general education course from the Critical Reading area.0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.3
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area.3
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area. BIO160 is recommended for Track II Paramedicine.4
 

Program Competencies
 
  
Track I: FIRE OPERATIONS
1.Identify, describe, and explain fire department operations, including equipment, personnel, and administrative policies. (FSC102)
2.Identify and describe the types, functions, and maintenance of firefighting apparatus, and demonstrate the appropriate and safe use of each. (FSC102)
3.Describe the theory of fire behavior, including types of fires, and explain how building construction affects firefighting operations. (FSC102)
4.Demonstrate the use of proper tools, standard operating procedures, and firefighter skills in a variety of firefighting situations and firefighter tasks. (FSC102)
5.Specify the planning and preparation process for emergency incidents; identify the components and application of Incident Command Systems (ICS) and unified command procedures during the response to and mitigation of emergency incidents. (FSC102, FSC105)
6.Identify and explain emergency planning and implementation strategies for response and prevention. (FSC102, FSC105)
7.Describe and explain the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, and incident management systems under terrorism conditions. (FSC102, FSC105)
8.Describe and demonstrate the physical requirements for performing basic firefighting tasks. (FSC130, FSC134)
 
Track II: PARAMEDICINE
1.Identify and treat emergencies related to basic electrocardiograph (ECG) arrhythmias according to the American Heart Association standards and guidelines and local protocol. (EMT235)
2.Perform the procedures unique to pediatric and neonatal transport. (EMT235, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
3.Describe the actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects and dosages of the drugs included in the current Arizona Department of Health Services approved Paramedic drug box. (EMT236)
4.Apply the procedures of identifying and treating shock, including IV fluid therapy and use of MAST (medical anti-shock trouser) suit. (EMT236, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
5.Identify and treat behavioral emergencies. (EMT236, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
6.Identify and treat medical emergencies including diabetic, environmental, toxicological, obstetric and genitourinary emergencies. (EMT236, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
7.Administer parenteral medications. (EMT236, EMT240, EMT242, EMT265, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
8.Identify and treat respiratory emergencies. (EMT242, EMT265, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
9.Describe the actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects, and dosages of the drugs included in the current Arizona Department of Health Services approved Paramedic drug box. (EMT240, EMT242, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
10.Identify and treat cardiovascular emergencies including (ECG) electrocardiographic interpretation. (EMT235, EMT240, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
11.Classify the types of medical emergencies and identify appropriate treatment protocols. . (EMT240, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
12.Perform a Primary and Secondary Survey including medical history. (EMT245, EMT246, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
13.Apply the procedures of identifying and treating shock, including IV fluid therapy for patients in emergency situations. (EMT245, EMT246, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
14.Identify diagnostic characteristics of soft tissue injuries and appropriate treatment processes. (EMT245, EMT246, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
15.Describe and demonstrate the planning and preparation process for emergency incidents using Incident Command Systems (ICS). (EMT245, EMT246, EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
16.Define the role and responsibilities of emergency response and operations for the Emergency Paramedic. (EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
17.Perform the procedures unique to pediatric and neonatal transport. (EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
18.Identify and treat central nervous system emergencies. (EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
19.Identify and explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention. (EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
20.Describe the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, and incident management systems by identifying all relevant steps for first responders. (EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
21.Identify and treat central nervous system emergencies. (EMT272AA, EMT272AB, EMT272LL)
 
Track III: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
1.Define and describe the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, incident management systems, patient assessment, and communication with the media during emergency terrorism situations. (AJS/FSC139)
2.Define and describe disaster recovery operations including planning considerations, special populations issues, and recovery responsibilities. (AJS/FSC146)
3.Explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention. (AJS/FSC147)
4.Identify the critical components of an integrated emergency medical system, and the processes used for assessing threat. (AJS/FSC148)
5.Identify and differentiate between various hazard mitigation strategies, including coordinated community responses and resources. (AJS/FSC149)
6.Compare and contrast methods for managing emergency incidents including command, control, and coordination of response. (FSC224)
 
Track IV: FIRE SCIENCE
1.Describe the chemical processes utilized in dealing with hazardous materials incidence. (FSC105)
2.Recognize and identify the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials. (FSC105)
3.Describe the problems concerning fire prevention techniques, procedures, regulations, code enforcement, and occupancy survey. (FSC108, FSC208)
4.Describe the characteristics and behavior of fire and extinguishing agents. (FSC113)
5.Describe fire suppression organization, basic fire fighting tactics, and public relations as affected by fire suppression. (FSC113)
6.Describe the methods of attacking, controlling, and extinguishing various types of fires. (FSC113)
7.Describe the principles of care, maintenance, and operation of fire apparatus and pumper trucks. (FSC117)
8.Define and evaluate the fire department's ethical and moral responsibility in serving the public. (FSC119)
9.Describe ethical situations and conflicts in values that may arise in fire service, and suggest possible resolutions and methods for coping. (FSC119)
10.Explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention. (FSC147)
 11.Describe and explain the critical components of an integrated emergency medical system, and the processes used for assessing threat. (AJS/FSC148)
12.Describe personal and practical skills needed to enhance customer service in the public sector.(FSC215)
 
Track V FIRE INVESTIGATION
1.Recognize and identify the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials. (FSC105)
2.Describe the problems concerning fire prevention techniques, procedures, regulations, code enforcement, and occupancy survey. (FSC108, FSC208)
3.Explain and illustrate the fire department's ethical and moral responsibility in serving the public. (FSC119)
4.Describe and explain basic methods of fire investigation, including determining point of fire origin, path of fire travel and evidence preservation. (FSC209)
5.Application of practical skills for fire investigators by demonstrating appropriate examination and recording practices (FSC210)
6.Explain and describe the appropriate processes for case building for fire investigators in a crime scene. (FSC211)
7.Describe and demonstrate appropriate skills and procedures for fire fighters involved in courtroom testimony. (FSC212)
 


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