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Emergency Services



Emergency Services


ES 217




Web Address:


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: ES 202a
  • Telephone: 801-863-7741
  • Email:
  • Administrative Support: Patty Dewey
  • Office: ES 202
  • Telephone: 801-863-7753
  • Email:
  • Recruit Candidate Academy: Andy Byrnes
  • Office: ES 141
  • Telephone: 801-863-7721
  • Email:
  • Paramedic/EMT: Steve Allred
  • Office: ES 119
  • Telephone: 801-863-7730
  • Email:
  • Wildland Firefighting: Dan Cather
  • Office: FS 205
  • Telephone: 801-863-7423
  • Email:
  • Institute for Emergency Services and Homeland Security: John Fisher
  • Office: ES 120
  • Telephone: 801-863-7732
  • Email:



  • Bonnie Lamb
  • Office: ES 217
  • Telephone: 801-863-7798
  • Email:
  • Mindy Swenson
  • Office: ES 217
  • Telephone: 801-863-5813
  • Email:




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


Positions (Nationally)

Median Income

Emergency Manager



Law Enforcement



Fire and Rescue



Fire Inspectors and Investigators



*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 .

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

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. Complete ESFF 1000 with a grade of C- or higher
  3. Complete ESFF 1120 with a grade of C- or higher
  4. Be NREMT certified or complete an EMT course through UVU or another recognized agency/institution
  5. Show English and math competency through test scores or course completion: complete ENGH 1000 and MAT 0950 with C- grades or higher OR test into ENGL 1010 and MAT 1000 or higher
  6. Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license
  7. Meet with an Emergency Services advisor for application

Certificate of Completion: Firefighter Recruit Candidate 

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C- or higher:

  • ESEC 1140--Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (9.0 Credits)
  • ESFF 1000 Introduction to Emergency Services and Ability Testing (4.0 Credits)
  • 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)

Must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

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 to complete RCA.

Program Requirements for Enrollment—Paramedic

Paramedic courses include ESEC 3110, ESEC 3120, ESEC 3130, ESEC 3140, ESEC 4110, and ESEC 4120. Enrollment is done by means of a program application process. Prior to enrollment students must:

  1. Complete Anatomy and Physiology (transfer credit accepted) with a grade of C or higher: ZOOL 1090 (requires BIOL 1010 as a pre-req) or ZOOL 2320 and 2420 with labs (requires BIOL 1610 and CHEM 1110  as pre-reqs).
  2. Meet the English requirement: Completion of ENGH 1000 with C- grade or higher, or placement into ENGH 1010 or higher (valis test scores).
  3. Meet the Math requirement: Completion of MAT 0950 with a grade of C- or higher, or placment into MAT 1000 or higher (valid test scores).
  4. Have Utah EMT certification that is valid through the end of the second semester of the program.
  5. Have current CPR certification.
  6. Successful completion of criminal background requirements (UVU and State of Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical  Services).
  7. Be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
  8. Have current vaccinations as required by Utah Bureau of EMS.
  9. Have current TB test results as required by Utah Bureau of EMS.
  10. Obtain a current physical examination.
  11. Complete UVU paramedic application process and be accepted to the program.

Program Requirements for Enrollment—Paramedic

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C- or higher:

  • ESEC 3110 Paramedic I (5.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 3120 Paramedic I Lab (3.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 3130 Paramedic II (7.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 3140 Paramedic III (4.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 4110 Paramedic IV (6.0 Credits)
  • ESEC 4120 Paramedic Clinical Concepts (6.0 Credits)

Must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of courses for the paramedic certificate of completion at UVU, students will receive all or part of the following certifications/certificates: Certificate of Completion – UVU Paramedic, Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Hazardous Materials Awareness (eligible for state testing), Law Enforcement First Responder (LEFR), Fundamentals of Airway.

NATIONAL REGISTRY CERTIFICATION: Students will NOT automatically be recommended for the National Registry exams. Recommendation requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for all UVU paramedic courses.

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

Degrees & Programs