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Emergency Services




Emergency Services


FS 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: FS 202a
  • Telephone: 801-863-7741
  • Email:
  • Administrative Support: Patty Perkes
  • Office: FS 202
  • Telephone: 801-863-7753
  • Email:
  • Recruit Candidate Academy: Andy Byrnes
  • Office: FS 141
  • Telephone: 801-863-7721
  • Email:
  • Paramedic/EMT: Steve Allred
  • Office: FS 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: FS 120
  • Telephone: 801-863-7732
  • Email:



  • Bonnie Lamb
  • Office: FS 217
  • Telephone: 801-863-7798
  • 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)

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)
  • 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.


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