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Emergency Services Department

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 Management

 
Emergancy Management

Emergency Management

 

Emergency Management is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Emergency Management combines the professional skills of specialized areas of homeland security, criminal justice, and emergency management with research and analytical skills. As a graduate of this program, you may seek opportunities in Hospital Administration and Emergency Response, Fire and Rescue, Federal Emergency Management Administration, Department of Defense, Fire Inspectors and Investigators, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Corrections, Probation, Parole, Fraud Investigation, Juvenile Justice Facilities among others. Examine the roots of terrorism, response methods to weapons of mass destruction and other disaster incidents, crisis negotiation, and conflict resolution. The program is designed to help prepare criminal justice professionals, military personnel, emergency response individuals or businesspeople for new opportunities in the field of homeland security, especially with multinational corporations.

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Management

Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA)

 
Recruit Candidate Academy

Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA)

 

The Recruit Candidate Academy (RCA) at Utah Valley University is a "para-military" firefighter academy designed to prepare future firefighters for a career in the fire service. The RCA comprises approximately 400 hours of classroom and "fireground" training, plus and additional 300 hours of college-level pre-requisite course work. Prospective students are registered through Utah Valley University, and are enrolled in 16 credits of instruction for the academic semester. If you would like to receive an information packet, please send an email to the Emergency Services department at rca@uvu.edu

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Paramedic

 
Paramedic

Paramedic

 

As the field of Emergency Medical Services and healthcare has rapidly evolved, so has the level of education. Paramedics are true healthcare professionals; often working in settings such as primary healthcare, industry, and occupational medicine, in addition to their familiar emergency prehospital settings. The UVU nationally accredited 2-semester paramedic program is academically challenging and thus requires several pre-requisites. Our Paramedic Certification and Bachelor of Science degree will afford our graduates a wide range of employment opportunities, upon completion of the program. We invite you to learn more about our exciting field! 

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

 
Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

 

Emergency Medical Technician prepares students for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic through the Utah Bureau of EMS. Includes CPR, automatic defibrillation, patient medical and trauma assessment and treatment, airway support, pharmacology, emergency childbirth, pediatric emergencies and patient movement/transport. This course also applies fundamental knowledge of the EMS system, EMS operations, safety and well-being of the EMT, medical and legal and ethical issues to the provision of emergency care.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) prepares students for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Advanced through the Utah Bureau of EMS. Includes Life span development, advanced airway management, intravenous access, medication administration, cardiac rhythm interpretation and other advanced medical skills.

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Wildland

 
Wildland

Wildland

 

Courses in Wildland provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in obtaining a job in Wildland Firefighting, or if already employed, to give the, the knowledge, skills, and abilities to advance in their careers. Courses focus on tactical decisions in firefighting and teaches students wildland fire behavior as well as how to anticipate fire behavior. Students learn about the Incident Command System, engine tactics, fire weather, fire mitigation, structural protection tactics, water sources, aircraft types and capabilities, and incident action plans. Students may gain practical training and experience through wildland firefighting internships.

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Aviation Fire Officer (AFO)

 
Airport Fire Officer

Aviation Fire Officer (AFO)

 

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. 

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