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Fire Service Management
Associate in Applied Science
Curriculum code 1262
Course Requirements                   Public Service Web Site

The Fire Science Management Program prepares you for a career as a company officer. You will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead a group of firefighters on the fire ground and back at the station. Some topics explored include labor/management relations, fire ground tactics, interpersonal communications and leadership methods.

You also will gain hands-on experience using and maintaining fire-fighting apparatus and equipment, conducting fire inspections, investigating the cause and origin of fires, as well as preparing various fire and inspection reports.

This associate's degree program is intended to aid current and future company officers with their roles in the fire service. Completion of this A.A.S. also allows the student to transfer into Southern Illinois University or Western Illinois University and work towards completion of the Bachelors Degree in Fire Science.

Nature of Work—Using appropriate methods and equipment, fire science personnel attack and extinguish fires, cope with hazardous materials incidents, and are familiar with rescue techniques. In addition, they can administer emergency medical assistance to injured persons, maintain firefighting apparatus and equipment, conduct fire inspections and investigations, and are knowledgeable of general building construction and related building codes. They also prepare and submit various fire and inspection reports, prepare and conduct training programs for in-house and outside personnel and supervise firefighters in emergency and nonemergency situations. Fire science personnel may work in urban and suburban areas, airports, chemical plants, other industrial sites, and rural areas like grasslands and forests.

Related Job Titles—Firefighter, fire officer, fire prevention personnel, fire investigator, public safety personnel, industrial firefighter, industrial loss prevention personnel, insurance personnel, military firefighter, and homeland security

Transfer Option—Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Capstone) The program is presented off-campus in River Grove, IL. Western Illinois University Open Learning Fire Science Program. See academic advisor for more information.

Employment Outlook—Employment of firefighters is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018 as fire departments continue to compete with other public safety providers for funding. Most job growth will occur as volunteer firefighting positions are converted to paid positions.

Median annual earnings of fire fighters was $45,250 in May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,180 and $58,440. Median annual earnings were $44,800 in local government, $45,610 in the federal government, and $37,870 in state government.

Median annual earnings of first-line supervisors/managers of fire-fighting and prevention workers were $67,440 in May 2008. First-line supervisors/managers of fire-fighting and prevention workers employed in local government earned about $69,000 a year. Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011.

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

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