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Fire Science Outcomes, Student Success, and Pass Rates

The Fire Science program at Lansing Community College offers students Associate Degrees in Fire Science Technology and 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 are based on professional and industry standards. After the students successfully complete their Associate Degree they will be able to:

1.      Identify and explain fire service technology and how it is currently utilized in the fire service.

2.      Identify and explain the impact future technological advances will have on the direction of the fire service.

3.      Evaluate technologies utilized in the fire service and demonstrate the skills necessary to apply the technologies in the workplace

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.

  • Student's Pass Rate for Fire 270 is 90% (Percentage of students that pass the course compared to the number of students that attempted the course)
  • The Student's Success Rate for Fire 270 is 73%
  • The average score for the paper is 89.95% (Percentage of students that 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%

4.      Locate and explain the role the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) standards play in the fire service.

5.      Locate and describe the role the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) plays in regulations and laws related to safety within the fire service.

6.      Locate and describe the role that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays in regulations and laws related to safety within the fire service.

7.      Locate and describe the role that federal regulations and laws play in safety as they apply to the fire service.

8.      Locate and describe the role that state regulations and laws play in safety as they apply to the fire service.

9.      Locate and describe the role local regulations and laws play in safety as they apply to the fire service.

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

Student's Pass Rate                                    Student's Success Rate                     

96.29% in Fire 101 and Fire 102                 93.7% in Fire 101 and Fire 102

90% in Fire 270                                             73% in Fire 270;

74.12% in Fire 112;                                       71.33% in Fire 112

79.17% in Fire 245                                        79.17% in Fire 245

81.33% in Fire 110                                        69.67% in Fire 110

82.62% in Fire 105                                        69.40% in Fire 105

93.33% in Fire 150                                        82.26% in Fire 150

55% in Fire 250                                             55% in Fire 250

100% in Fire 280                                           92.10% in Fire 280

100% in Fire 285                                           100% in Fire 285

 

Identify and describe the construction systems and components that provide for smoke and heat removal.

Identify and describe the fire suppression system for smoke and heat removal.

Identify and describe fire resistance products that reduce smoke.

Identify and describe safe occupant removal from a smoke filled structure.

Identify and describe fire fighter safety in a smoke filled structure.

Identify and describe the potential for a building collapse during a structure fire.

16.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on smoke and heat removal.

17.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on fire suppression.

18.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on fire resistance.

19.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on safe occupant removal.

20.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on fire fighter safety.

21.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on building collapse.

22.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on smoke and heat removal.

23.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on fire suppression.

24.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on fire resistance.

25.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on safe occupant removal.

26.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on fire fighter safety.

27.  Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of construction systems and components that have an impact on building collapse.

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

Student's Pass Rate                                       Student's Success Rate

96.29% in Fire 101 and Fire 102                  93.7% in Fire 101 and Fire 102

71.33% in Fire 112                                        49.25% in Fire 112

79.17% in Fire 245                                        79.17% in Fire 245

74.33% in Fire 115                                        74.12% in Fire 115

85.2% in Fire 125                                          82% in Fire 125

82.62 in Fire 104                                           82.62 in Fire 104                               

81.33% in Fire 110                                        69.67% in Fire 110

82.62% in Fire 105                                        69.40% in Fire 105

93.33% in Fire 150                                        82.26% in Fire 150

55% in Fire 250                                             55% in Fire 250

100% in Fire 280                                           92.10% in Fire 280

100% in Fire 285                                           100% in Fire 285

 

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Ropes and knots.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Ladders.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Water supply.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Fire streams.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Ventilation.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Forcible entry.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Search and rescue.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Fire behavior.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Fire control.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Fire extinguishers.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Personal protective equipment.

Based on professional and industry standards, the Fire Science Student successfully completing this program will be able to: Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Tools and equipment maintenance.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: First aid.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Hazardous Material Operations.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Hose.

Explain and demonstrate basic firefighting competencies. Example: Vehicle extraction techniques.

44.  Explain the value of team work in an emergency incident environment and     demonstrate the skills necessary to be a successful team member.

45.  Analyze and evaluate appropriate basic firefighting techniques for safe application.

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.

Student's Pass Rate                                     Student's Success Rate

96.29% in Fire 101 and Fire 102                  93.7% in Fire 101 and fire 102

71.33% in Fire 112                                       49.25% in Fire 112

79.17% in Fire 245                                       79.17% in Fire 245

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

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