Fire Service Operations
Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Curriculum code 1331
Firefighter Service Operations A.A.S.
The Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program is
comprised of general education courses, elective courses and core courses. Core
courses include EMT training (EMS-101), a State Fire Marshal sanctioned Fire
Academy (FIS-116, 204 215-219), and an internship at a local fire department
(FIS-220 and 221). During the internship, students will become actual members of
the fire department to which they are assigned. The internship experience allows
the student to challenge their State Fire Marshal written exams. Internship fire
departments may choose to keep the student at the end of the internship
experience as part-time employees. To date, over 80% of the fire academy
students have been retained by their internship site as permanent employees.
The Fire Academy and Internship portion of the Fire
Service Operations degree have special admission requirements and limited
enrollment. Everyone, even students outside of Moraine Valley’s district, is
welcome to apply for admission to the Fire Academy. The minimum requirement for
consideration of admission into the Fire Academy is a current Illinois EMT
License. Applicants who are currently enrolled in an EMT course may apply, but
will not be offered admission into the academy if they do not possess their
Illinois EMT License within 60 days of the Fire Academy start date.
The Fire Academy is offered once a year during the fall
semester. The Fire Academy classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and
Saturdays for 13 weeks. Class sessions are from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The internship
is held during the spring semester immediately following the Fire Academy
experience. The dates and times of the internship experience are flexible. The
actual meeting times of the internship sessions are scheduled with the
respective Fire Department. Students must complete at least 14 hours of time
each week at their internship site.
Applications for the fire academy are available in the
B150 or T711 subdivision offices. Applications are available Monday through
Friday between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Applications will only be available from March 1
through May 1 of each year. The deadline for submitting completed applications
is the last Thursday of the spring semester each year (usually the second
Thursday in May). Applications are only valid for the very next Fire Academy.
After applicants have been seated for each Fire Academy all applications will be
destroyed. A new application will have to be made for each Fire Academy a
student tries to gain entry into. NOTE: Applicants who are
offered a spot in the fire academy but subsequently decline the spot within 14
calendar days of the beginning of the semester or once the semester begins will
not be able to reapply for the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program in the
next admission cycle.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all
admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on
time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.
Fire Service Operations
The Moraine Valley Community College Fire Service Operations A.A.S. Program educates and trains students to meet standards of practice
for entry-level fire service professionals. Faculty use appropriate
methodologies to promote student learning.
Student learning emerges from
the cognitive (intellectual), psychomotor (physical), clinical and affective
(social, emotional and ethical) elements of fire services as defined for the
entry-level practitioner by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the
Moraine Valley Community College Fire Science Program Advisory Committee.
Student learning occurs within an intellectual atmosphere that promotes
continuing education as part of professional dedication and lifelong learning
and within an ethical framework for student conduct in both the classroom and
fire training facilities, i.e., burn towers.
Program Coordinator: Andy Hufnagl, M.S.,
Office Location: T805
Fire Service Operations
Program Essential Functions
All students must be able to perform
the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission
criteria required by the college, fire science students must be able to:
- Work effectively for long periods of time,
requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration, under stressful
conditions both as a member of a team and independently
- Use all fingers and both hands to handle, move, lift, twist and turn objects
of all shapes and sizes
- Perform all aspects of the job in environments with extreme noise conditions,
limited mobility, above or below ground heights, poor visibility, high humidity
and closed or confined spaces for unknown lengths of time.
- Perform job responsibilities while carrying up to 80 pounds of additional
weight on their person
- Lift, climb, and move while carrying up to 100 pounds of equipment and tools
- Drag and carry up to 200 pounds
- Perform a variety of tasks for unknown durations of time on level surfaces and
also on a variety of hazardous surfaces, such as slippery, wet and freezing
surfaces while under adverse conditions and with increased weight loads using a
variety of body positions, including but not limited to: stand, sit, crouch,
crawl, climb, kneel, stoop, and bend over
- Have near and far vision, depth perception and the ability to focus vision
- Receive, interpret and respond efficiently, appropriately and safely to
instructions issued by commanding officers and delivered in a variety of
formats, including in written, oral, diagrammatic or scheduling formats
- Smell smoke and other odors that might indicate hazardous conditions
- Use the senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to assess the nature of
emergency situations, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a
confused, chaotic, and potentially life-threatening environment throughout the
duration of the operation
- Be free from frequent episodes of pain resulting in the inability to perform
manual work, or sudden incapacitation.
- Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximum exertion without warm-up
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Training Center Approval
The Moraine Valley Community College
Fire Service Operations A.A.S. degree Program has training center approval
through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Upon successful
completion of the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. Degree Program, graduates are
eligible to challenge the Firefighter-Basic examination offered by the Office of
the State Fire Marshal.