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Emergency Services, A.S.

Requirements

Our degree provides our students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in obtaining a job in Emergency Services, or if already employed, to give them the knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance in their careers.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
Complete the following:  
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology  (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government  3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 25 Credits
  ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing 4
or ESFF 100A Introduction to Emergency Services (3.0)  
and ESFF 100B Firefighter Physical Ability Testing (1.0)  
or Sufficient Emergency Services work experience  
  ESFF 2100 The Desire to Serve 3
  Any Emergency Services advisor approved courses 18

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above.
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institution Any approved American Institution course 3
ESFF 1000 or ESFF 100A and ESFF 100B or Sufficient Emergency Services work experience Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing or Introduction to Emergency Services and Firefighter Physical Ability Testing or Sufficient Emergency Services work experience 4
Biology Any approved Biology course 3
Emergency Services Requirement Any Emergency Services advisor approved course 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing- Hum/Social Science or  Intermediate Writing- Science/Technology 3
MAT 1030 or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040 or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
Social Behavioral Science Any approved Behavioral Science course 3
Physical Science Any approved Physical Science course 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Arts Any approved Fine Arts course 3
Biology or Physical Science Any approved Physical Science or Biology course 3
Humanities Any approved Humanities course 3
ESFF 2100 Desire to Serve 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Emergency Services Requirement Any Emergency Services advisor approved course 15
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 60

Department

 
 

Name:

Emergency Services

Location:

FS 217

Telephone:

801-863-7798

Email:

emsa@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/esa/

Chair:

Gary Noll

 
 

Mission Statement

The Emergency Services Department at Utah Valley University prepares practicing and future emergency service professionals through a program that balances technical skills, critical and ethical thinking, leadership, and effective communication. The department's programs address multiple emergency service educational needs, from professional certifications to degrees.

Degree programs and individual courses are designed to meet both state and national professional requirements, including those established by the Utah Fire Services Certification Council, the Utah Labor Commission, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the National Fire Academy (NFA), and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

 
 

Emergency Services

  • Department Chair: Gary Noll
  • Office: FS 202a
  • Telephone: 801-863-7741
  • Email:  Gary.Noll@uvu.edu
  • Administrative Support: Ariel Johnson
  • Office: FS 202
  • Telephone: 801-863-7753
  • Email:  arielv@uvu.edu
  • Recruit Candidate Academy: Andy Byrnes
  • Office: FS 141
  • Telephone: 801-863-7721
  • Email:  byrnesan@uvu.edu
  • Paramedic/EMT: Steve Allred
  • Office: FS 119
  • Telephone: 801-863-7730
  • Email:  sallred@uvu.edu
  • Wildland Firefighting: Dan Cather
  • Office: FS 205
  • Telephone: 801-863-7423
  • Email:  catherda@uvu.edu
  • Institute for Emergency Services and Homeland Security: John Fisher
  • Office: FS 120
  • Telephone: 801-863-7732
  • Email:  john.fisher@uvu.edu

 

Advisors:

  • Bonnie Lamb
  • Office: FS 217
  • Telephone: 801-863-7798
  • Email: emsa@uvu.edu
  • Kim Sparks
  • Office: FS 217
  • Telephone: 801-863-7798
  • Email: emsa@uvu.edu

Web: www.uvu.edu/esa


 
 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Federal Emergency Management Agency

State, County and Municipal Fire Departments

The United States Department of Defense

State, County and Municipal Police Departments

The United States Department of Homeland Security

State, County and Municipal Emergency Management Departments

Federal Fire and Emergency Service Agencies

Private Industries to include the Insurance Industry

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Public and Private Lose Preventions Positions

 Employment Outlook

Profession

Positions (Nationally)

Median Income

Emergency Manager

10,500+*

$70,500*

Law Enforcement

839,500+*

$61,600*

Fire and Rescue

344,700+*

$48,030*

Fire Inspectors and Investigators

15,000+*

$56,130*

*Current employment/salary statistics according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Class Scheduling

Emergency Services classes are scheduled to meet the needs of traditional students and firefighters working various shift assignments. During each semester, classes are offered during the day, afternoons, evenings,weekends, and online. For more information, call (801) 863-7798, or check our web page at www.uvu.edu/esa .

Program Requirements for Enrollment-Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA)

There are departmental enrollment requirements for Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA) courses and Paramedic courses. Enrollment into certain off-campus or block course sections each semester may be limited to those with existing professional certifications and /or already employed by an emergency services agency.

Recruit Candidate Academy courses include ESFF 250A and 250B. Enrollment is done by means of a program application process. Prior to enrollment students must:

  1. Complete all UVU admission Requirements.
  2. Meet with an Emergency Services Advisor.
  3. Complete ESFF 1000, ESFF 1120, ESEC 114A, ESEC 114B, and ESEC 114C courses with at least a “C-“ or higher or be EMT certified.
  4. Complete ENGL 1000 and MAT 990
  5. Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

Certificate of Completion: Firefighter Recruit Candidate 

Discipline Core Requirements: 32 Credits

Complete the following:

  • ESEC 114A, ESEC 114B, and ESEC 114C--Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (9.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing (4.0 Credits)
And
  • ESFF 1120 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (3.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 250A Recruit Candidate Academy I (8.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 250B Recruit Candidate Academy II (8.0 Credits)

Grade point average of 2.0 for 250A and 250B and a (C- grade) or above, with completion of each Emergency Services prerequisite course of a C- or higher.

Note: CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of courses for the Recruit Candidate Academy certificate, students will be certified at the Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Hazardous Materials First Responder-Operations levels through the Utah Fire Service Certification System. Students are required to complete an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic level course. EMT certification is not required

Certificate of Completion: Paramedic

  1. Complete ZOOL 1090 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  2. Obtain Accuplacer Sentence Skills/Reading Comprehension scores of 85+/65+, or ACT English/ACT Reading scores of 18+/18+, or ACT English/ACT Composite scores of 19+/19+, or SAT English score of 500+, or completion of ENGL 1000 or higher. ACT or SAT reports may not be older than 10 years.
  3. Obtain Accuplacer Arithmetic score ≥ 100 or Elementary Algebra score of 44-58, or ACT Mathematics score of 19+, or SAT Mathematics score of 450+, or completion of MAT 990 or higher, or completion of ESFF 1350. ACT of SAT reports may not be older than 10 years.
  4. Be able to comply with criminal background check requirements of UCA 26-8a-310 for certification as a paramedic in the state of Utah.
  5. Have a current Utah EMT-Basics certification and have current CPR Certification.
  6. Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
  7. Have current vaccinations, including Hepatitis B, MMR, and Tdap.
  8. Have current TB test results within one calendar year.
  9. Obtain a current physical examination.
  10. Pass a paramedic course entry examination and interview.

Students may earn only one Associate in Applied Science Degree in Emergency Services that is posted to the UVU transcript.

 

Faculty

Steven Allred(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, B.S., Public Emergency Services Management, Utah Valley University; A.A.S., Emergency Care and Rescue, Weber State University; M.Ed., Instructional Design, Utah State University.

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Rodger Broome(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

A.S., Psychology, B.A., Psychology, Utah Valley University; M.A., Ph.D., Psychology, Saybrook University.

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Andrew Byrnes(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, B.S., Public Emergency Services Management, Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

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John Fisher(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty

Department: Emergency Services

B.A., French and Journalism, M.A., Communications, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of Alberta.

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Steve Holley(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



B.A., Economics, M.P.A., Public Administration, D.A. (ABD), Economics, Public Administration, Idaho State University.

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Chris Lindquist(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



B.S., Behavioral Science, University of Utah; M.B.A., Business Administration, Westminster College; Ph.D. (ABD), Grand Canyon University's College of Doctoral Studies.

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Jeff Maxfield(1989)

Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

A.A.S., Fire Science, Utah Valley University; B.S., Business Administration, University of Phoenix; M.P.A., Public Administration, Brigham Young University; Ed.D., Adult Education/Curriculum & Instruction, Utah State University.

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Kevin McCarthy(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, Utah Valley University; B.A., Criminal Justice, Columbia College; M.P.A., Public Administration, Brigham Young University.

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Margaret Mittelman(2003)

Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty



A.A.S., Community Health, Utah Valley University; B.S., Psychology, Utah Valley State College; M.Ed., Utah State University.

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Gary Noll(1997)

Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Department Chair, Faculty



A.A.S., Fire Science, Community College of the Air Force; B.S., Technology Management (Fire Science Specialty), Utah Valley University; M.Ed., Utah State University.

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Eric Russell(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Services
Faculty

Department: Public Service Graduate Studies

A.A.S., Fire Science, Community College of the Air Force; B.S., Management-Fire Science, University of Phoenix; M.S., Executive Fire Service Leadership, Grand Canyon University.

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Careers

Careers:
Students who complete this degree are prepared to gain employment or promotion in the fire service, emergency services, or law enforcement.

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