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Aviation Fire Officer Program

As aviation grows, the possibilities of aviation incidents and accidents grow along with it. The individuals called upon to respond, rescue, and mitigate these incidents are known as Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF)—men and women who receive specialized training far above and beyond the common structural firefighter and who operate in a sector of emergency services known as Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. To date, the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting career field only offers entry-level responder training and education to operate as an ARFF firefighter, all advanced education for current and aspiring ARFF Company Officers consist of structural-focused fire officer academics.

Utah Valley University’s Department of Emergency Services changes this by offering two academic programs to the local, national, and international aviation fire and emergency services community. The goal of the program is to provide academic credentialing for ARFF Company Officers. The program is a first of its kind two-year degree program as well as a one-year academic certificate program designed specifically for the current and aspiring ARFF leader. In addition, the two-year degree program and the academic certificate program prepare graduates to pursue the professional designation programs offered by the American Association of Airport Executives/Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Working Group.

Courses and Course Descriptions (In Development)
Program Schedule Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services-Aviation Fire Officer
Program Schedule 1-Year Certificate of Completion in Aviation Fire Officer  
Program Faculty
Program Stewards
UVU-ARFFWG Program Partnership

In Development - The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services-Aviation Fire Officer

The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services-Aviation Fire Officer degree is the first of its kind associate degree program offered 100% online to meet the needs of the aviation fire and emergency services career field throughout the world. The Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Services, which the emphasis is a part of, is a 63-credit degree that focuses on developing the aviation fire officer. The emphasis consists of courses pertaining to airport firefighting, aircraft related mass-casualty incidents, aircraft mishaps, airport operations for the emergency responder, and aviation terrorism. The purpose of the Aviation Fire Officer emphasis is to develop well-rounded educated aerospace rescue and firefighting leaders. 

In Development - The Certificate of Completion in Aviation Fire Officer

The Certificate of Completion in Aviation Fire Officer is the first academic credentialing program of its kind offered 100% online to meet the needs of the aviation fire and emergency services career field throughout the world. The AFO certificate is a 30-credit program with a focus on developing leadership within the aviation fire and emergency services sector. The Certificate of Completion in Aviation Fire Officer is an education program preparing the graduating student to function in an aviation emergency services leadership position as well as municipal, county, state, and federal fire and emergency organizations.

Please contact an Academic Advisor for additional information regarding the Aviation Fire Officer program at emsa@uvu.edu or (801) 863-7700.