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Fire Academy Program Outcomes And Pass Rates

The Fire Science program at Lansing Community College offers students a chance to earn an Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology, Fire Science/Basic EMT, Certificate of Completion in the Fire Science Academy, and an opportunity to complete a Bachelor Degree in Fire Science from Lake Superior State University at home. The knowledge and skills obtained from these academic programs is based on professional and industry standards. After the students successfully complete their Associate Degree they will be able to:

Identify and explain fire service technology that is currently utilized, and the impact future technological advances will have on the direction of the fire service. Locate and describe the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) standards that apply to the fire service area.

These outcomes are achieved and assessed through the Fire Academy's requirement to have the students write a five page paper on the technological advances in the fire service.  The standard for success is 90% of the students will achieve at least 85% on the paper and in the class.

  • The average score for the paper is 89.95% (Percentage of students that  succeeded in the course compared to the number of students that attempted in the course, based on achieving at least a 2.0 in the course)
  •  The Student's Success Rate for Fire 101 and Fire 102 is 93.7%
  •  The Student's Pass Rate for Fire 101 and Fire 102 is 96.29%

Identify and describe the construction systems and components that provide for smoke and heat removal; fire suppression; fire resistance; safe occupant removal; fire fighter safety, and building collapse. Demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Ropes and knots, ladders, water supply, fire streams, ventilation, forcible entry, search and rescue, fire behavior, fire control, fire extinguishers, personal protective equipment, tools and equipment maintenance, first aid, hazardous material recognition, hose, and vehicle extraction techniques. Understand the value of team work in a work environment, and be able to identify, explain, and demonstrate the skills necessary to be a successful member of a team. Identify the technology utilized in the Fire Science, and demonstrate the skills necessary to apply the technology in the workplace. Locate and describe the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) federal, state, and local standards, regulations, and laws as they apply to specific areas of the fire service. Identify and describe the construction systems and components that have an impact on smoke and heat removal, fire suppression, fire resistance, safe occupant removal, fire fighter safety, and building collapse. Demonstrate basic firefighting competencies.

These outcomes are achieved and assessed through testing in a state certification written and practical exams, course examinations, and course final examinations. The standard for success is 90% of students will attain at least 70% on final and state assessments.

  •  The Student's Success Rate for Fire 101 and Fire 102 is 93.7%
  •  The Student's Pass Rate for Fire 101 and Fire 102 is 96.29%

Program and Student Diversity

These figures identify the diversity of our working students. Many of the Fire Science students work full or part-time while attending classes. Even though these students are working while attending classes, the Fire Science program has a 75% graduation rate (graduation rate includes any student successfully completing all required course work, applying for graduation, and having their certificate or degree requirements conferred by the institution).

During the five years ranging from 2011 to 2014, Lansing Community College (LCC) had 1,874 students attending courses applicable to a Fire Science Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, or certificate. Out of this number of students, 447 or 23% earned at least one degree or certificate, and 100% of these students were retained or gained employment with the military or other organizations.

In addition, 100% of these students passed skill assessments that aligned with recognized industry standards. There were 68% of these students that remained enrolled in their original postsecondary institution or transferred to another 2 or 4-year postsecondary institution.

LCC's Fire Academy student's state exam scores are among the highest in the State of Michigan. The previous five year averages for Fire Fighter I & II equaled 83% while the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations average score equaled 85%. There were 93.3% of the students that passed the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations state exams, and 99.2% of the students passed the Fire Fighter I & II state exams. LCC Fire Science students have also attained a 100% success rate for Wildland Firefighter II certification through the National Wildfire Coordinator Group

LCC's Fire Science program serves a diverse population because 11% of the students were from underrepresented gender groups. This 11% of students completed the program and found employment in a nontraditional field. In addition, 7% of the students attending the Fire Academy were Black or Hispanic, .5% were Native American, 1% were Asian, and 1.6% were Middle Eastern.

Due to this diversity and outstanding performance, LCC Fire Science students provide 70% of the fire service work force throughout the Mid-Michigan area. Many LCC students have acquired employment around the country and around the world.

Student Perceptions

"I live an hour away. I wish there was a closer academy to me."

"Very expensive."

"We pay more but get more out of it."

"Great instructors."

"The live burns really bring everything together."

"State of the art equipment."

"I can't believe there are other academies that do not provide the quality of instruction that LCC does. I would be afraid to go onto a fire scene with less knowledge than LCC teaches."

FIRE Science email lcc-firescience@lcc.edu

 

 

Fire Science Program at Lansing Community College

Public Service Careers
West Campus, Room M127
Phone: (517) 483-1570
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