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2012 Christmas FirefightersThe Fire Science program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for fire service employment or job advancement within the profession, or for transfer to a four-year school for additional training in fire science management.
Courses allow students to gain valuable experience and to obtain certifications. The curriculum includes eight required core classes: strategy and tactics, rescue practices, hazardous materials, wildland fire fighting, fire investigation, fire prevention, apparatus and procedures and basic emergency care. These eight courses give students a broad base of fire service knowledge.

The Fire Science program is becoming more diverse and relevant. Students receive more hands-on training. They have the chance to experience "a day in the life of a fireman" by working a 24-hour shift at the Casper Fire Department.


The backing of the Casper College administration and the donation of equipment from various companies allow us to offer more practical courses. For example, Fire Science Birdthe City of Casper donated a 1976 Pierce Pumper to the program a few years ago.
Students refurbished the "old pump," and today we use the Casper College fire engine for training.

Contact Information:            
Dale Anderson
Program Director
(307) 268-2361
      Rachel Wright
Academic Assistant
CS 116

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FIRE 1500 Introduction to Fire Science (3L,3CR):
A broad overview of fire service covering historical and modern fire protection services including department organization, equipment, extinguishing agents, tactics, and detection systems.

FIRE 1510 Fire Fighting Strategy and Tactics I (3L,3CR):
An introductory course that covers a range of management principles and practices to help students develop effective decision-making skills at the fire scene.

FIRE 1520 Fire Fighting Strategy and Tactics II (3L,3CR):
An advanced course emphasizing skill development for effective decision making in fire and related emergency situations. Includes case studies and simulations. Prerequisite: FIRE 1510 or fire service experience.

FIRE 1530 Overview Search and Rescue Practices (2L,2LB,3CR):
A comprehensive overview of the structure of a typical search and rescue organization. The responsibilities and training of team members will be covered. Actual field training in techniques utilized by search and rescue personnel will be demonstrated in the lab units. (Cross listed with CRMJ 1530.)

FIRE 1550 Causes and Investigation (3L,3CR):
An in-depth study of the causes and investigation of fires of all types and descriptions from the fire science point of view.

FIRE 1570 Fire-Related Codes and Ordinances (3L,3CR):
The study of national, state, and local codes and ordinances and their application and enforcement.

FIRE 1670 Basic Emergency Care/First Responder (3L,3CR):
Training in the fundamentals of emergency care. The course follows the state of Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services outline for basic emergency care. Excellent for students who are planning to enter the fire service or emergency medical services. Prerequisite: fire science or criminal justice major, or permission of the instructor.

FIRE 1700 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention (3L,3CR):
The history and philosophy of fire prevention and administrative functions. Evaluation of prevention programs and research provide insight into the fire problem in modern societies.

FIRE 1720 Introduction to Fire Suppression (3L,3CR):
Designed to provide an in-depth study of modern fire suppression systems and operations. Manual and automatic units will be examined as will plans for future development using computer-monitored systems.

FIRE 1760 Building Construction (3L,3CR):
A practical approach to assessing hazards in various types of buildings. Construction types and classes are examined with fire-fighter safety and occupant viability as the foremost considerations.

FIRE 1810 Introduction to Wildland Fire Fighting (3L,3CR):
Designed to expose the student to all of the classroom material required to be qualified as a wildland firefighter Type Two (Basic) including introductory fire behavior, methods, tactics and safety.

FIRE 1820 Engine Operations (3L,3CR):
Designed to expose the student to different types of water handling apparatus and their appropriate use on a wildland fire. A field day will be required for completion of course. Prerequisite: FIRE 1810.

FIRE 1830 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (3L,3CR):
Designed to expose the students to a more in-depth look at wildland fire behavior. Incorporates the relations between fuels, weather, and topography. Also, a more in-depth look into firefighter safety is taken. Prerequisite: FIRE 1810.

FIRE 1840 Single Resource Boss/Crew (3L,3CR):
This class will expose the student to the administrative requirements of a crew leader as well as basic supervision, air operations, and tactical requirements of the job. The emphasis of this course will be on handcrew and engine supervision. Prerequisite: FIRE 1810, 1820 and 1830.

FIRE 1975 Independent Study (1-3CR):
An opportunity for students to develop projects in their particular area of interest within the fire science discipline. Course is self-paced with individualized instruction.

FIRE 1990 Topics: (Subtitle) (3CR):
Consists of investigations and discussions with respect to current topics in fire science.

FIRE 2515 Advanced Firefighting (3L,3CR):
This course prepares the student with the required skills needed in the fire service. This course assists students in developing an understanding of the physical and practical skills required to become a career firefighter. Prerequisite: sophomore level in fire science program.

FIRE 2525 Rescue Practices for the Fire Service (3L,3CR):
Designed to offer the student first-hand experience in the areas of high angle rescue, water rescue, and vehicle rescue/extrication.

FIRE 2530 Hazardous Materials (3L,3CR):
This course involves the application of NFPA 472 and OSHA's HAZWOPER standard (29 CFR 1910.120) towards student involvement in hazardous materials emergency response. In order to pass this course each student must pass both state tests (Awareness and Operations). However, passing both state certified exams does not guarantee a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: General understanding of emergency response.

FIRE 2560 Apparatus and Procedures (3L,3CR):
Designed to acquaint the student with the evolution of fire apparatus and to provide an understanding of the uses for different pieces of fire-fighting vehicles.

FIRE 2570 Managing Fire Service (3L,3CR):
Designed for the pre-service student as well as the fire officer in management or preparing for a managerial position. The course includes budget forecasting, facility and equipment planning, personnel activities, and fire protection productivity.

FIRE 2610 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (3L,3CR):
Designed to acquaint the student with the use of various diagnostic tools for evaluating the effects of hazardous materials commonly found in use today. Case studies are used to enhance the learning environment and provide the opportunity for student interaction.

FIRE 2625 Advanced Rescue Practices (3L,3CR):
Advanced rescue practices is designed to offer the student first hand experience with emphasis on incident command system and formulation of action plan in the areas of high and low angle rope, water rescue, and structural fire rescue.

FIRE 2700 Supervisory Management (3L,3CR):
This course is designed for the pre-service student as well as fire department members in management or preparing for a managerial position.

FIRE 2990 Topics: (Subtitle) (3CR):
Consists of investigations and discussions with respect to current topics in fire science.

Advisory Board Information coming soon!

Fire Science BirdThe Casper College Fire Science Association is currently involved in the following activities:

  • Monthly practicals that provide hands-on experience for fireground operations
  • Trash pick-up through the Adopt-A-Highway foundation
  • Viewing a series of videos about the fire services
  • Creating and training for a Casper College Student Firefighter Combat Team
  • Researching the possibility of a Firefighter Cadet program in Casper
  • Fundraising to advance the CCFSA and its membership

We are always looking for new opportunities that allow us to volunteer in the community, gain knowledge or skills, and form friendships or partnerships.

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