Martin Davila, Chairperson
Main Office: CAC 136
Office Phone: 210-486-1692
The Protective Services - Fire Science Department consists of these programs: Fire Science and Emergency Management. The various degree programs are designed towards the professional licensing of Texas firefighters. Courses are also geared towards the development and professional education of arson investigators, private investigators and emergency response managers.
Credit towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science may be awarded upon successful completion of the appropriate certification process as listed below. To be eligible for advanced standing credit, protective services majors must be currently enrolled at San Antonio College, in good academic standing (not on scholastic probation, enforced scholastic probation, etc.).
The Fire Science Program reflects the assessed needs of the community for careers in fire service and fire service management. The curricula are designed to prepare students for initial career preparation, career development, and for foundations leading to university transfer credit. The student must pass the English and reading portion of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or Accuplacer to be eligible for enrollment in the basic firefighter certification courses: FIRS 1301, 1319, 1429, 1407, 1413, 1423, and 1433. (See descriptions below.) Fire science degrees and certificates are part of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) certification process.
Students may receive academic credit for successful completion of TCFP-approved basic firefighter certification courses.
- FIRS 1301 Firefighter Certification I, 3 semester hours.
- FIRS 1319 Firefighter Certification IV, 3 semester hours.
- FIRS 1407 Firefighter Certification II, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1413 Firefighter Certification III, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1423 Firefighter Certification V, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1429 Firefighter Certification VI, 4 semester hours.
- FIRS 1433 Firefighter Certification VII, 4 semester hours.
To receive academic credit for these course, the student must be enrolled in the AAS Degree Program in Fire Science and successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in fire technology courses.
Fire Arson Investigation
The Fire Arson Investigation Program reflects the assessed local, regional, state, and national needs of the community for careers in both the fire service and law enforcement. The curricula are designed to prepare students for initial career preparation, career development, and foundations leading to university transfer credits. Fire arson investigation degrees and certificates are part of the TCFP certification process for those individuals who are also licensed peace officers in the state of Texas.
The Emergency Management Program reflects the assessed needs of the community for students seeking a career in disaster preparedness. The curriculum incorporates the professional development series of courses that are required by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM). The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Md., Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also recognize this series of courses.
This program focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking, coordination, and leadership skills that are required to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a man-made or natural disaster.
For those individuals who would like to pursue a certificate in a given specialty in fire science and homeland security, the options are:
- 1 Basic Firefighter
- Emergency Management/Homeland and Transportation Security Administration
1 These programs meet the basic standard of the TCFP. Successful certification of the student by the state is the student’s responsibility and is not guaranteed by San Antonio College.
For more information on any of these programs contact the Protective Services Department in room 136 of the Chance Academic Center (CAC).
Programs and Courses - Protective Services
Protective Services (Fire Science, Emergency Management & Homeland Security)
Associate of Applied Science
Level I Certificate