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Instructional Annual Report of Program Data (ARPD)

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College: Hawaii Community College
Program: Fire Science

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Program Description

The Fire Science Program prepares individuals with the academic knowledge for entry employment in the Fire Service field as well as meeting the needs of in-service professionals.

Upon completion of this program, students will have the knowledge to prepare for a career with federal, state, and local fire and emergency service agencies, with an emphasis on Structural Fire Fighting, Wildland Fire Suppression, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Fire Prevention and Investigation, Fire Management and Administration, and Incident Command System.

After earning the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree, students have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Colorado State University through distance learning.

Health and physical requirements vary with different employers in the Fire Service field, so prospective students should seek advice before enrolling.


Program Mission

The Fire Science program promotes learning to provide the various fire service agencies on the Island of Hawai`i with a pool of well educated and qualified applicants. 

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: FS     Program CIP: 43.0203

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 85 86 65 Unhealthy
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 14 12 9
3 *Number of Majors 91.5 102.5 79.5
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 45 51 43
3b     Fall Full-Time 55% 61% 54%
3c     Fall Part-Time 45% 39% 46%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 1% 1%
3e     Spring Full-Time 55% 41% 52%
3f     Spring Part-Time 45% 59% 48%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 0% 1% 2%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 666 986 736
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 156 127 106
6 SSH in All Program Classes 822 1,113 842
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 27 37 28
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 11 17 17

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 24.9 23.7 18 Cautionary
10 *Fill Rate 89.8% 90.5% 65.1%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 0 1 1
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 0 102.5 79.5
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 74.9 58.9 45.7
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 1.2 1.7 1.7
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $55,260 $83,953 $87,063
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $55,260 $67,249 $57,743
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $16,704 $29,320
15 Cost per SSH $67 $75 $103
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 0 1 0
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 89% 82% 87% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 3 14 3
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 75.5% 74.3% 59.3%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     43.1%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 4 11 8
20a Degrees Awarded 3 9 6
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 1 2 2
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed   Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 0 1 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 1 1

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 0 0 0  
24 Enrollments Distance Education Classes N/A N/A N/A
25 Fill Rate N/A N/A N/A
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) N/A N/A N/A
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) N/A N/A N/A
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) N/A N/A N/A

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.00 85.71 Not Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 20.00 Not Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 72.31 Not Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 65.38 Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 17.00 7.22 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.25 10.00 Not Met

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     8  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     2
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     Not STEM
38 Number of Pell Recipients     39
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     1
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

Overall Health -- Healthy

Demand -- Healthy

The demand for firefighters continue to grow.  Due to the economy improving, some agencies are hiring, while federal agencies are restrictive due to budget restraints.  The number of students enrolling in the Fire Science has seemed to level off at around 45 new students every fall semester. 

Efficiency -- Healthy

The Fire Science program continues to generate income for the college.  Program year 11-12  tuition and fees were  $16,704 and 12-13 were $29,320.

Effectiveness -- Healthy

Successful completion of students increased in Program Year 11-12, from 82% to PY 12-13, 87%.


Significant Program Actions for 2012 - 2013

1.  NURS 110 Medical Terminology was added to the curriculum to prepare students for EMT classes.


Previous Program Actions

1.  Establish Fire 293, this would be an Internship Course with the Hawai`i Fire Department.  This course would be available to seniors about to graduate.

2.  Establish a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Degree program at UHH or HawCC.

3.  Establish STEP with USFS Region 5.


Perkins IV Core Indicators


Part III. Action Plan

Program Action Plan


Part IV. Resource Implications

Cost Item 1

A variety of low cost equipment to help with classroom instruction.                            Equipment                           $1,000

As the program progresses, there are a variety of visual aids that can help instructors with student learning.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


Meet the minimum academic training requirements of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications (Fire Fighter I).


Perform as a fully qualified wildland firefighter in accordance with National Wildfire Coordinating Group PMS 310-1 standards.


Utilize the Incident Command System to manage a wide variety of planned and un-planned incidents.


Demonstrate knowledge of modern fire service strategies, tactics, and management for both structural and wildland fire incidents.


Meet the requirements for National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents for the Awareness and Operational Levels.


Apply the principles of interpersonal communication, cooperative teamwork, supervision and management for leadership in the fire service.


Apply the theoretical principles of the chemistry of fire, and hydraulics to solve water supply problems.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a non-profit organization that establishes training and certification levels at the national level.  For Hazardous Materials Incidents the NFPA established minimum training and educations levels to qualify at the Operations Level.

B) Expected Level Achievement

Students were graded as following:

A  90%>

B  80%>

C  70%>

D  60%>

F  <50%

C) Courses Assessed

Fire 207 - Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

The Final Exam covered all material taught during the semester.

E) Results of Program Assessment

A total of 14 students took the Final Exam.


2   students received,  A (90%>)

10 students received,  B (80%>)

2   students received,  C (70%>)

No students failed the course.

100% of students succeeded and met PLO outcome.

F) Other Comments


G) Next Steps

No change in program since 100% of students met PLO outcome.