Fire and Emergency Services
Mission Statement: The associate of applied science in fire and emergency services degree program is committed to developing a well-trained and academically-educated fire and emergency service professionals, preparing students for employment in entry-level and managerial roles. The program follows a national professional development model and embraces a standardized course matrix ensuring easy transfer options for student interested in earning a baccalaureate degree. The degree program includes core cores, a sequence of concentration courses, and the ability to earn college level credit for work experiences and prior learning.
Vision Statement: It is the vision of the Fire and Emergency Services Program to be acknowledged among the emergency services industry as a premier educational program consistent with national standards, and to become a visible leader in professional development initiatives.
About our program: The applied science degree program in fire and emergency service offers college preparation at the professional level consistent with national standards. Our program addresses the call of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Consortium (FESHE), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and others to transition fire, EMS, and other emergency service disciplines from a "technical occupation" to a "professional occupation" using a national professional development model for the fire service and EMS. This is the curriculum designed for forward-thinking fire and EMS personnel.
The Fire and Emergency Services Program is housed within the Division of Health Sciences and Business Technology and includes three concentration areas: (1) Fire Service Technology, (2) Emergency Services Technology, (3) Safety and Environmental Compliance. For detailed information on the Fire and Emergency Services program, please click here or checkout the LSU Eunice Academic Catalog. The market-driven degree is designed to prepare persons for supervisory responsibility. Graduates of the program go on to be employed by emergency service departments, governmental agencies, private corporations, and similar industry leaders. In the case of fire and EMS departments following the FESHE model, the degree is increasingly becoming necessary for hiring and promotion.
Courses are offered over the Internet, through distance learning with the option of accelerated format, and in traditional classroom settings. Our faculty is made up of degreed instructors, who are experts within their subject areas and who have honed their skills through actual experience dealing with fire, emergency response, safety, and hazardous materials incidents.