Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Technology

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that students be members of a paid or volunteer fire department prior to or shortly after being admitted to the program.


Upon admission to the program, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.

Academic Requirements

In order to progress within the Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Technology program, students must earn a satisfactory grade (C or higher or P) in all FIRE and EMT courses required for the degree.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

MATH A105Intermediate Algebra (or GER Quantitative Skills course) *3
EMT A130Emergency Medical Technician I8
FIRE A101Principles of Emergency Services3
FIRE A105Fire Prevention3
FIRE A121Fire Behavior and Combustion3
FIRE A206Building Construction Issues Related to Fire Protection3
FIRE A214Fire Protection Systems3
FIRE A221Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival3
FIRE A295Fire and Emergency Services Practicum **3
Elective Credit Requirements:
Complete 12 elective credits. These electives can be from the FEST program listed below (FIRE and EMT) or advisor-approved electives ***12
Emergency Medical Technician II
Emergency Medical Technician III
Strategy and Tactics of Fire Suppression
Principles of Fire and Emergency Service Administration
Rescue Practices
Fire Investigation I
Firefighter I, Series I
Firefighter I, Series II
Firefighter I, Series III
Firefighter I, Series IV
Wildland Fire Control I
Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services
Selected Topics in Fire and Emergency Services
Principles of Emergency Management
Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services
Fire Department Organizational Theory and Behavior
Firefighter II
Total Credits44

May be used to fulfill AAS General Course Requirements.


Placement in FIRE A295 requires departmental approval and will require various documentation which may include background checks, proof of immunizations, release forms, proof of insurance and others as dictated by individual sites.


Advisor-approved electives will have a fire/emergency services relevance or will be preparatory classes for other healthcare-related fields of study (e.g. paramedic, nursing, PA, etc.).

A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Technology are eligible to sit for the Emergency Medical Technician national certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Students that complete EMT A130 are eligible for an institutional recommendation for the Emergency Medical Technician Initial Certification from the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Emergency Programs.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Technology will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history, support organizations, resources, incident management, training and emergency operations and relate how each plays a role within emergency services.
  2. Define and use basic terms and concepts associated with the chemistry and dynamics of fire.
  3. Relate how fire prevention and fire inspections are connected.
  4. Demonstrate the importance of public education in relation to fire prevention.
  5. Identify the equipment and systems used in control and extinguishment of fire.
  6. Identify the types of building construction and their uniqueness under fire conditions and how these components are related to firefighter and life safety.
  7. Relate how the basic principles and history related to the national firefighter life safety initiatives foster the need for cultural and behavioral change throughout the emergency services.