2013-14 Unit Plan
Fire Technology

Mission Statement

The Butte College Public Safety Education & Training Center educates and trains students to serve and protect the public in a highly competent and professional manner.

Program Description

The Fire Science (or Technology) Program generates approximately 101 FTE.  One full-time instructor is currently budgeted.  He is assisted by four associate faculty positions and one of our full-time tenured Science  (chemistry) Instructors teaches one Fire Science course annually (FSC 4, Fire Behavior & Control).  The total associate faculty workload is slightly less than one full-time instructor load. Program culmination opportunities in this discipline inlcude:

1.   AS Degree in Fire Technology (Career/Technical)
2.   Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology (Career/Technical)
3.   Certificate of Completion in BASIC 32 (Basic Wildland Firefighting) 

All pedagogical caps have been reviewed and are appropriate.


Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

This entire degree program is operated, essentially, on the back of one full-time faculty member. Although there is limited use of part-time faculty, the nature of the fire service is such that their availability cannot be depended upon. It will be a priority in the near future to identify and employ additional part-time faculty, but ultimately to pursue the addition of a second full-time faculty member for this popular major.

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    There exists student demand for FSC 4, Fire Behavior & Control that we are not meeting.  Offered only once per year, this class routinely overfills and anecdotal information tells us that many students take this course on-line from other institutions.  Whether we develop it into an on-line class or offer it in the classroom once each semester, either would seem to better meet student needs.  This could free-up the Science Instructor for one additional class in the Sciences if faculty associated with the Fire Science Program taught this course instead. 

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    Per our Future Development Strategy, additional part and full-time faculty are needed to support this program. While there will not be an augmentation request at this time, future planning efforts may include such requests.

    Current Revenue Stream

    The Fire Science/Technology Program is supported primarily by the District General Fund.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes None at this time $0.00 $0.00
    Total(s) $0.00 $0.00