The B.S. in Emergency Services degree program at ERAU is one of just a few university programs to carry the “Certificate of Recognition” from Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE). That means the curriculum addresses all critical areas that modern fire departments are tasked to perform.
Students can select from a specialization in Aviation Emergency Management or Fire & Emergency Services and learn from faculty members who have both academic backgrounds and proven expertise as emergency responders. Plus, when students complete courses through Embry-Riddle, they receive a National Fire Academy certificate just as if they completed the courses at the National Fire Academy.
As members of the ERAU network, students get the chance to collaborate with colleagues, leadership, and other professionals in their own organization’s communities while completing coursework.
Students can also take advantage of ERAU’s partnerships with the Dallas/Fort Worth Fire Training Research Center (DFW FTRC) and the Aircraft Fire Fighting (ARFF) Working Group to develop and carry out research projects.
Concepts covered include human behavior, structures and systems, prevention, protection, investigation and analysis, organization and management, research, administration, hazardous materials, personnel management, political and legal foundations, terrorism, community risk reduction, disaster planning and control, system design for life safety, occupational safety, and human program management.
The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services has both International Fire Service Accreditation Congress accreditation and FESHE Recognition. Learn more about Embry-Riddle’s accreditation.
Students can strengthen their emergency management knowledge base by adding several minor courses of study based on the student’s specific area of interest.
The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services degree broadly encompasses all emergency service response disciplines in public and private sectors including: fire, emergency medical, investigation, engineering, aircraft rescue and firefighting, environmental, hazmat, inspection, dispatch, security, OSHA, instruction, public information and wildland firefighting.
The curriculum design for this degree is based on in the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Model Curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree. Beyond the six FESHE core courses, several additional ERAU-developed courses have been approved for students to receive NFA certificates — this is a unique advantage of taking classes at ERAU.
There are two specializations offered at the baccalaureate level:
The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services is 100 percent online — a perfect option for anyone juggling the demands of working full-time, shift work, and/or family life. With this flexible learning environment, ERAU encourages students to continue working throughout their studies.
This degree program participates in the Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC Category I). All students who have completed a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) associates degree in Fire Science and Emergency Management are eligible. CCAF graduates can complete a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies by taking no more than 60 semester hours beyond their CCAF degree.
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These days, preparation and response to public crises like natural disasters, civil unrest and terrorist acts is a measured and coordinated event among crews of emergency services teams that may involve several jurisdictions and government agencies.