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▪ Fire Science

The Paradise Valley Community College Fire Science Program offers many fire science courses that not only prepare the "pre-professional" for a career in the fire service, but can also provide the "professional" with the necessary education, training, skills and competencies, which are often recommended to enhance or further careers.

These courses are in the form of "Specialized Training" and/or "Professional Development".  The courses are regularly offered in a specialized delivery format in order to promote flexibility.  All of the courses are taught to current industry standards and by experienced fire service professionals.  For more information about our program and courses available, please click on the respective area below.

      - Deadline to submit an academy interest form for the Fall 2016 academy is Friday, June 3, 2016 at 5:00pm.
        Interviews are anticipated to be held the week of June 20-24th.


Courses available in Fire Science at PVCC are listed below (please see the class schedule for available offerings or contact the EMT/FSC Office at (602) 787-6782):

FSC101: Introduction to Fire Service Selection
FSC102: Fire Department Operations Academy (Fire I & II Academy)
FSC105: Hazardous Materials/First Responder
FSC106: Introduction to Fire Protection
FSC108: Fundamentals of Fire Prevention
FSC110: Wildland Firefighter
FSC111: Emergency Vehicle Driver Operator
FSC113: Introduction to Fire Suppresion
FSC117: Fire Apparatus
FSC118: Fire Hydraulics
FSC119: Introduction to Fire Service Ethics
FSC130: Fitness for Firefighter - CPAT
FSC131: Introduction to Urban Technical Rescue
FSC134: Fitness and Conditioning for Firefighters
FSC147: Emergency Preparedness
FSC148: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
FSC167: Fire Captain Academy (**must be a professional firefighter)
FSC202: Supervisory Training for Firefighters
FSC204: Firefighting Tactics & Strategy
FSC208: Firefighter Safety & Building Construction
FSC215: Customer Service in the Public Sector
FSC231: Battalion Chief Academy (**must be a professional firefighter)
FSC238: Vehicle Extrication & Patient Stabilization
FSC260: Technical Rope Rescue (RR) 1, 2, 3
FSC261: National Fire Protection Agency Rope Technician

For descriptions of each course, please visit the MCCCD Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation webpage, and in the gray box titled "Quick Course Search", input the appropriate course you are looking for (ex: FSC101).


For more information on the PVCC/PC Firefighter Operations Academy, please click here.



The PVCC Fire Science Program currently offers three (3) courses relating to technical rescue/rope technician training.  Headed by Technical Rescue Program Coordinators Engineer John Sheridan & Captain/Paramedic Tim Venard, both active Phoenix firefighters and members of the Technical Rescue & USAR Teams, and both recognized in the industry for their specialized rescue skills and knowledge, these courses are designed to train the individual in all areas relating to technical rescue. Below is information about each of these hands-on courses:

FSC131: Introduction to Urban Technical Rescue
(Prerequisites: None)

Description: Practical application of safe rescue practices for urban technical rescue. Includes ropes and rope systems, trench rescue, confined-space rescue, swift water rescue, and rescue from collapsed structures.
For more information on this course click here, or contact the PVCC EMT/FSC office at (602) 787-6782.

FSC260: Technical Rope Rescue 1, 2, 3
(Prerequisites: FSC131, or permission of Program Director/Instructor)

Description: Concepts, techniques, and skills needed to support technical rope rescue. Meets Arizona Fire Marshal Office requirements for RR1, RR2, RR3 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1670 Operational Rope Rescue.
For more information on this course click here, or contact the PVCC EMT/FSC office at (602) 787-6782.

FSC261: National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Rope Technician
(Prerequisites: FSC260, or permission of Program Director/Instructor)

Description: Advanced anchor construction, use of elevated anchor points on difficult edges, horizontal rope systems, and study of force multipliers commonly experienced during high angle rope rescue. Meets the certification requirements for the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 1670 for Operational Rope Rescue & NFPA 1006 for Technical Rescue Rope Technician.
For more information on this course click here, or contact the PVCC EMT/FSC office at (602) 787-6782.


Do you offer a class to prepare for interview oral boards?

Yes. FSC101 is our Introduction to the Fire Service Selection course, which highlights a history of the fire service, and helps each student with their interview skills to prepare them for the oral boards of a fire department testing process.

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Contact Us

Phone: (602) 787-6782
Fax: (602) 787-6715
Location: L Building (Map)

Fall & Spring Semester Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

**Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  For more information please visit the PVCC Accreditation webpage.**


Paul Sunder
Fire Science Program Director
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(602) 787-6736

Dan Donahue, MS NRP
EMT Program Director
Captain/Paramedic, Phoenix Fire Department
(602) 787-6552

Robert Dotterer, MEd NRP
Paramedic Education Program Director
Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(623) 640-6633 - cell

Bill Loughran, RN
Paramedic Education Program Resident Faculty & Lead Instructor
(602) 565-8532

Alyssa Harris
Part-time EMT/FSC Lab Tech
(602) 787-6782

Travis Guinta
Part-time EMT/FSC Lab Tech
(602) 787-6782

Kacie Chavez
Part-time EMT/FSC Lab Tech
(602) 787-6782

Brandon Sunder, BA NRP
EMT/FSC Program Assistant / Student Advisor
(602) 787-6782

Adam Sutter
EMT/FSC Program Assistant
(602) 787-6782

Paul Honeywell, NRP
Paramedic Education Program Lead Instructor

William (Bobby) Finn
Firefighter I & II Academy Coordinator
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department

John Sheridan
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Engineer/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department

Tim Venard
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Captain/Paramedic/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department

PVCC Fire Science/EMT