Undergraduate courses are centered on the college’s bachelor’s degree in fire science technology. Four new courses are being added to the curriculum beginning fall semester. The courses are:
► Data Analysis & Statistics For Fire & EMS
► EMS Management
► Budget, Finance & Communications
► EMS Legal & Political Issues
EMS Management is added because 70-80% of fire department runs are EMS responses. To turn firefighters into fire chiefs, students take a Budget, Finance & Communications course taught by both a Fire Chief and a speech professor. Utilizing their combined skills, students learn how to build a budget and also how to “sell” it to a board of trustees. In EMS Legal & Political Issues, students utilize a new electronic textbook so as to emphasize current issues and developments affecting firefighters and emergency personnel.
A number of emergency management and homeland security courses were established in the years immediately following 9/11. UC had the luxury of learning from those early courses. “One of things I learned at the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) conference is that you have to separate yourself from the pack and highlight the strengths of your university,” said Bennett. “We are using technology and research coupled with practical experience and leveraging the hundreds of years of knowledge within our instruction teams for truly unique educational outcomes.”
The certificate’s value is further enhanced as an Articulation Agreement with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) enables certificate holders to complete a master’s degree at EKU. Certificate holders have an opportunity to transition to EKU to finish a master’s degree. UC-CEAS is a partner within the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s (CHDS) UAPI.
UC Fire Science is hosting a preview of the entire Fire Science Graduate Certificate on June 12, 2012. The seminar is free, includes a special lunch program and counts as 6 hours of Continuing Education. It is open to emergency response personnel in the Greater Cincinnati Area. The preview allows those interested in the program to interact with instructors following course capsule overviews.
Prospective students will view the entire course content and objectives. Arrangements have been made to have special appearance by Cincinnati FD Bomb Squad, Greater Cincinnati Airport Disaster Unit, Hamilton County SWAT Command Vehicle, and access to Hazmat/WMD Suits/ PPE in a special lunch program.
Interested professionals should contact Larry Bennett at: Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-556-6583 to reserve a seat.