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Fire Service Operations

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Curriculum code 1331

Firefighter Service Operations A.A.S.
Application deadline is Friday, May 16, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Applications are only available at the following information sessions:

  • Saturday. Feb. 22, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Monday, April 7, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1-4 p.m.

The 2014 information session are scheduled on main campus in Building T, Room 002 (Fogelson Theater).


  • Only the registered participants will be admitted into the information sessions.
  • Check in for registered participants will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of each session; NO ONE will be admitted after the session has begun.
  • When you check in for the Information Session, you will need to present a government-issued photo I.D. or a Moraine Valley photo I.D.

Seats are limited for each Information Session. Call or email today to reserve your seat.

To register for one of the information sessions, call (708) 974-5713 between 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Fire Service Operations Program Mission
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., B.S., A.A.S.

Office Location: T805

Telephone: (708) 608-4404

Fax: (708) 974-5325


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 periods

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.

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