Emergency Services and Public Safety

The College of Rural and Community Development offers a two year associate of applied science degree in Emergency Service.  The program provides a unique learning environment where students can obtain classroom education, hands-on training and practical vocational experience through local fire and rescue organizations.

The program offers students a fundamental working knowledge of the various aspects of municipal fire, wildland fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials control, and public safety.  A large pool of instructors provides a high level of technical expertise on a variety of specialty emergency services.

The primary goal of this program is to make our students the most attarctive candidates for job openings and promotions within the fire services and related fields.  The program has an extremely successful placement rate for our graduates, and it is one of the top fifteen programs in the country in terms of number of degrees conferred.

Degree Requirements

Associate degrees in municipal fire control, wildland fire control, hazardous materials control, emergency medical services, and public safety are offered.  Many of our courses are offered on the weekends or in the evenings so as to accomodate working students, in particular, those that are already in the emergency services profession.

Occupational Endorsement


John George

Department Chair

Assistant Professor of Fire Science, Program Coordinator

Community and Technical College

107 University Park Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone: 907-455-2879

Fax: 907-455-2813

Email: jgeorge@alaska.edu

Chuck Kuhns

Department Vice-Chair

Assistant Professor

Coordinator, Medical Services and Paramedic Programs

Community and Technical College

109 University Park

PO Box 758120 Fairbanks, AK 99775-8120

Phone: 907-455-2895

Fax: 907-455-2813

Email: cmkuhns@alaska.edu

Dusty (Don) Johnson

Coordinator, Law Enforcement Academy

Term Assistant Professor

Public Safety and Law Enforcement (OE) program head

Community and Technical College

PO Box 758120 Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone: 907-455-2811

Fax: 907-455-2813

Email: dpjohnson@alaska.edu

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