Anna Maria College has partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to integrate the group's “Courage to Be Safe” line-of-duty safety course into AMC's online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science degree program. The new initiative will not only add life-saving lessons to Anna Maria College's cutting-edge Fire Science curriculum, but will also give AMC students invaluable hands-on experience and field training to complement classroom study.
The Safety Principles and Coursework
According to the NFFF, approximately 100 firefighters lose their lives in the line of duty each year. To prevent as many deaths as possible, the NFFF incorporates 16 life-safety principles, such as risk management and medical/fitness standards, into the Courage to Be Safe course. Once AMC students finish the program, they will use knowledge gained to complete required coursework to earn the online Bachelor of Fire Science degree and will be certified to teach the safety program to other firefighters. Both the training and certification will enhance Fire Science graduates' career prospects once they enter the workforce.
The inclusion of real-world training fits with Anna Maria College's goal to provide a Fire Science education rich in front-line experience. Many of AMC's Fire Science professors have decades of service to supplement their education credentials. This invaluable first-hand perspective and insight helps students make a seamless transition from the classroom to their working careers at fire departments or other public safety organizations.