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College: Honolulu Community College
Program: Fire & Environmental Emergency Resp

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The last comprehensive review for this program was on 2011, and can be viewed at:

Program Description

PROGRAM MISSION: The Fire and Environmental Emergency Response Program is committed to provide training for 
individuals in the State of Hawai‘i who are interested in developing entry level skills or in-service professional 
development required for employment in private, city, state, or federal agencies. Due to the workload demands of fire 
service personnel another goal is to provide opportunities that are fl exible and have accessible delivery options including 
distance education, evening and week classes, and accelerated course offerings.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Fire and Environmental Emergency Response Program courses are provided to meet the needs 
of the in-service professional as well as students who are not employed by the Fire Service. This Program is designed to prepare students academically for the Fire Service Field, i.e., insurance adjuster, investigator, and safety and building inspector.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Cautionary

Majors Included: FIRE     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) 53 55 40
3 *Number of Majors 253 263 238
3a     Number of Majors Native Hawaiian 109 115 97
3b     Fall Full-Time 37% 39% 34%
3c     Fall Part-Time 63% 61% 66%
3d     Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 4% 3% 3%
3e     Spring Full-Time 37% 36% 37%
3f     Spring Part-Time 63% 64% 63%
3g     Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System 2% 2% 4%
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 2,123 2,266 2,140
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 52.5 12 45.5
6 SSH in All Program Classes 2,175.5 2,278 2,185.5
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 73 76 73
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 35 39 40

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
10-11 11-12 12-13
9 Average Class Size 18.6 17.4 16.2 Cautionary
10 *Fill Rate 85.6% 82.2% 69.3%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 2 2 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 126.5 131.5 119
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 58.4 54.6 49.8
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 4.3 4.8 4.8
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $215,800 $158,748 $254,002
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $215,800 $136,488 $217,348
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 $0 $0
14c Tuition and Fees $0 $22,260 $36,654
15 Cost per SSH $99 $70 $116
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 3 7 6
*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) 83% 83% 76% Cautionary
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 24 31 43
19 *Persistence Fall to Spring 71% 66% 62%
19a Persistence Fall to Fall     43.3%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 23 24 27
20a Degrees Awarded 22 21 26
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 1 3 1
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 2 6
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 1
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 2 5

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 15 13 16  
24 Enrollments Distance Education Classes 262 233 298
25 Fill Rate 82% 85% 88%
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 72% 69% 66%
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 19 18 26
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) 78% 76% 64%

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.00 98.80 Met  
30 2P1 Completion 50.00 19.28 Not Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 74.25 71.15 Not Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 60.00 72.15 Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 17.00 4.68 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.25 18.75 Met

Performance Funding Program Year  
10-11 11-12 12-13
35 Number of Degrees and Certificates     27  
36 Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian     6
37 Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM     Not STEM
38 Number of Pell Recipients     69
39 Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr     6
*Data element used in health call calculation Last Updated: January 27, 2014
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

SOC Code = 33-2011

The overall health of the FIRE program is Satisfactory (Cautionary). Almost all of the indicators have remained consistent from the 11-12 AY to the 12-13 AY.  Our class Fill Rates went down significantly from 82% to 69% and our Persistence Rates dropped slightly from 66% in the 11-12 AY to 62% in 12-13 AY. While specific data determining the reason for the lower fill and persistence rates isn’t provided here, my assumption from discussions with students indicates depressed opportunities for hiring by local fire agencies. As a result, students are shifting to obtain higher-level emergency medical experience through KCC’s EMT-I and MICT programs. This allows them to remain in college while strengthening their resumes with the intent of shifting back to HCC to complete the fire program with emphasized background in two areas: Fire & Medical response. Discussions with Federal Fire officials indicate the high cost of running a recruit course that may influence them into hiring applicants who’ve already completed both medical and fire certifications versus running their own costly programs. One of the indicators we would like to point out is the comparison between  the number of majors versus the Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded. In the 11-12 AY, we had 263 majors whereas in the AY-12-13 we had 238 majors. The number of degrees awarded in AY 11-12 was 21 compared to 26 degrees awarded in AY 12-13. This analysis indicates a slight improvement from 8% to 9%. Our analysis indicates that many of the students enter into the FIRE program in hopes of pursuing a position in the Federal Fire Fighting industry. A catch-22 existed with this situation because in order for students to be eligible in applying for consideration to enter the federal firefighting career field, students have to remain actively enrolled and working towards the degree. This hinders students who complete all program requirements for eligibility in earning a degree because they opt out of applying for graduation in order to remain eligible to for the Federal Fire program.  We think this is one of the reasons why it has been difficult to get our 2P1 – Completion Perkins Core Indicator to the “Met” level. On July 1, 2012, the Federal Government instituted the new “Pathways” program, which changed the rules regarding eligibility for federal employment for student. The new program allows for students to be merely enrolled in a field of study related to the position applying for. It also allows for students who graduate to maintain eligibility for a two-year period following graduation. This should result in more graduations since students will no longer have to remain students to qualify. We implemented specialized certificates for courses that meet the level of standards mandated by the ProBoard, a national fire service accreditation agency in order to give students more options. The certificate levels included Inspector-1, Firefighter-1, and Hazardous Materials. 6 fire students earned Inspector-1 certification, 1 student earned Hazardous Materials-Awareness level certification, 32 earned Hazardous Materials-Operations level certification, and 18 earned Firefighter-1 certification. HCC instructors provided off-campus certification training to State Airport Firefighters and firefighters from Kuwait at various certification levels for an additional 60 certificates bringing the total number to 117 ProBoard certifications. 11-12 AY Action Plan item #1 was implemented and a memorandum of agreement was established allowing 18 fire students to experience live-fire training at both the Honolulu Fire Department’s Valkenburgh Training Center and also Kalaeloa’s Seafarer Training Facility.  Federal Fire Department has yet to respond to our request for a live-fire memorandum of agreement but we will continue to pursue this avenue of training. 11-12 AY Action Plan item #2 was unsuccessful in acquiring a structure to house and store our fire apparatus, and related protective gear, tools, and equipment. No action was taken with Action Plan item #3. We did not meet the goal for 5P1 – Nontraditional Participation but did meet the goal for 5P2 – Nontraditional Completion. We will be seeking funds for professional assistance to create strategic marketing products (brochures, flyers, tv and radio ads, etc.) aimed specifically at getting more nontraditional participants into the program. We were able to meet the goals for the remaining three indicators.

Part III. Action Plan

The following action plan items can be tied to the HCC-Specific Additional Outcomes and Measures accessible online at

1.    Seek out an agreement with the Federal Fire Department and continue coordinating with Honolulu Fire Department to utilize their Live-Fire facilities for the conduct of live-fire training necessary for certification mandated by the NFPA. (Goal C Outcome #2) This will promote workplace development.

2.    Request funding to purchase contracts for the service and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus to include refills, air-quality testing, hydrostatic testing and bottle replacement; and for individual facemask fit-testing equipment essential in carrying out components of safety mandated by OSHA and required in fire program courses. (Goal E Outcome #1) Building and/or acquisition of an appropriate facility to sustain and maintain tools, equipment, and fire apparatus to exercise exemplary stewardship of college resources.

3.    Contract professional services to help recruit non-traditional students into the program. (Goal A Outcome #2)

4.    For the current AY-13-14 year, increase the visibility of the FIRE program through participation in additional and varied community events. (Goal B Outcome #1e)

Part IV. Resource Implications

There are resource implications for all Action Planning Items above. Live-fire training at HFD costs approximately $2k. Contract services for SCBA and facemask fit-testing costs are estimated to be approximately $2k annually. One important consequence of outsourcing these services is that it places any liability on the contractor/service provider. We will work with the Division Chair and Division Dean to submit the necessary paperwork to request funding to complete these items in the AY13-14 Spring semester.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

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Program Student Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the FIRE program, students will be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to respond appropriately to fire and environmental emergency situations at the private, city, state, or federal level. Per conversation with Tech-1 Dean, 20% of Program SLO's will be addressed annually.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

The FIRE Program met with the Advisory Board in 2012 and is scheduled to meet again in Nov 2013.  The agenda will be attached before the college officially posts the review in December 2013. In addition, a special meeting was held at request of the Honolulu Fire Chief in July 2013 to explore the possibility of the HCC FIRE program developing a certification course program to address their in-house professional development needs. A schedule of courswork was created in conjunction with HCC coninuing education to establish non-credit courses and costs. At the direction of HFD, this has been put on hold due to budgetary issues.

B) Expected Level Achievement

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C) Courses Assessed

2012-2013, course SLO's were assessed for FIRE 207 Hazardous Materials-Awareness and Operations, FIRE 104 Fire Inspector I, and FIRE 280A & 280B Fire Fighter I using National Fire Protection Standards criteria. The SLO's were measured through a third-party assessment in the form of written examinations and proctored skills testing. National certification by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard) was awarded to students who successfully completed all requirements in each course.

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

In response to recent accreditation recommendations relating to outcomes based assessment, the College has adopted processes and timelines to ensure that regular and systematic assessment of course student learning outcomes takes place.  Faculty were provided with an course slo assessment inventory template and asked to complete the form for courses taught in the 2012-2013 academic year.  Detailed result and other information can be identified on these forms which can be located in the Dean's office.  

Central to performing additional comprehensive program and course slo assessment is also gaining a stronger understanding of the entire process and expectations.  While the College and program has made considerable efforts and changes to strengthening the entire assessment process, we are hopeful that further training will be provided moving forward.

E) Results of Program Assessment

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F) Other Comments

Course SLO's will be assessed over a five-year period to determine and validate level of student learning.

G) Next Steps

A plan to assess 2 course SLO's per semester is considered reasonable over the five-year term until all SLO's eventually are assessed.