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KPC has been working to develop a fire science program that will augment the existing emergency services programs offered that train paramedics and EMT’s. Beginning next semester the Kenai River Campus will be offering courses that provide training that will qualify/prepare students to sit for Alaska State Firefighter I certification exam. Registration for the program begins Nov. 26.


KPC will offer FIRE A131 (series I) and FIRE A133 (series II) during the spring semester. Each course, also referred to as a series, is seven weeks in length. This four‐part series will continue on into the summer semester with FIRE A135 (series III) and FIRE A137 (series IV).

Bryan Crisp, senior captain, training and safety officer and EMT III at the Nikiski Fire Department, will serve as coordinator of the new fire science program. Brad Nelson, Central Emergency Services training officer, and Stephen Robertson, Nikiski Fire Department firefighter and EMT III, will round out the program serving as adjunct instructors.

The program will be delivered in a two‐semester, 12‐credit certificate program format.

While completing series I and II, students will learn the fundamentals of fire behavior, various types of fire organizations, types of equipment, emergency services processes and methods of their use and safety. Students will also learn about portable extinguishers, ropes and knots, building search, victim removal, forcible entry tools, construction, techniques and ground ladders.

Topics covered in series III and IV includes ventilation, water supply, hose rolling, coupling, loading, carrying, advancing, laying and water fire streams. These series finish up with wild land fire control, classes of fire, vehicle fires, sprinkler systems, salvage, overhaul, fire cause, communications equipment and techniques, fire prevention and public fire education.

According to Crisp, KPC’s firefighter program will prepare students for Alaska’s certification exam by mastering both didactic and daily skills practice to prepare them to function as entry level firefighters.

“The journey to become a firefighter is very competitive and requires significant effort, but the career is challenging and rewarding. A firefighter is a member of a crew that lives and works in close quarters throughout a shift. While living at the firehouse for 24 hours at a time, firefighters train, cook, clean, and build relationships with each other, their customers and the surrounding communities. Crewmembers depend on one other, whether they are working at the station or responding to emergency calls. In the fire service, everything is done as a team. When we succeed, everyone succeeds and when we fail,

everyone fails,” said Crisp. “The profession is centuries old and always evolving. Firefighters need continuing education and they need to share that knowledge with fellow firefighters. KPC’s Firefighter Program is dedicated to providing students with the latest technology and most up to date information available.”

Questions about the program can be directed to Bryan Crisp, program coordinator, at 262-0266 or e-mail

This caolumn is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.


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