Associate in Applied Science Degree
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 & 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
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
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
7:30am until 5pm. 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 B-150 or T-711 subdivision offices.
Applications are available Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm.
Applications will only be available from March 1st through May 1st 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.
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.
be Submitted for a Complete File
application for admission if not currently enrolled in college credit
courses at Moraine Valley.
A completed Fire
Service Operations Admission Application. Applications will be distributed
as described above.
A completed high
school transcript showing date of graduation or a GED certificate.
transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
Copy of current
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) EMT or Paramedic license or
evidence of application to challenge the IDPH EMT exam on or before the June
15 immediately preceding the Fire Academy will be accepted.
A minimum grade
point average of 2.5 based on a four-point system. The high school GPA will
be used only if students have attempted less than 12 college hours. A GPA of
2.5 will be assigned if the student took the GED rather than graduate from
placement tests. Students may be exempt from placement tests based on
previous college credit. Contact an academic advisor for information about
placement test exemptions.
A. Math placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take
B. English placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take
C. Reading placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant for
courses above RDG-091.
Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:
residents of the district who submit a complete application by 4 p.m. of the
second Thursday of May the year they plan to enroll in the program.
non-residents who submit a complete application by 4 p.m. of the second
Thursday of May the year they plan to enroll in the program.
The following checklist and information will help you through the process of
applying for admission to the Fire Academy.
Moraine Valley enrollment form. You must have applied for admission to be
eligible to submit an application to the fire academy. Your Moraine Valley
student e-mail address will be used for all communications regarding the
fire academy admissions process…this includes acceptance and denial letters.
It is therefore imperative that all applicants check their Moraine Valley
student e-mail addresses regularly.
• If you have NOT previously applied to Moraine Valley, this is your first
• You may enroll online or in person at the Registration Office in the
Student Services Center, Building S.
application from either the B-150 or T-711 office Monday through Friday
between 8am and 4pm. Applications will only be available from March 1st
through May 1st of each year.
The deadline to turn in applications is 4 pm the second Thursday of May. All
completed applications must be turned in to either the B-150 or T-711
placement test if you have not already done so
• COMPASS: follow explanations and directions at
Student applications to the Fire Academy will be numerically ranked by a score
made up of three factors: cumulative high school or college GPA; number of
college credit hours completed; and grades and credit hours in specified course
work. Five bonus admission points will also be awarded for applicants who
possess current Illinois EMT-P licensure.
Points for various criteria will be given according to the chart below. Students
will also be required to meet the current minimum standards for admission (as
Students are required to list, on the intent form, all colleges attended.
Students must select one of the following options on the intent form for
calculating their college GPA for admission.
Students may use
only their Moraine Valley hours as the college GPA for admission. If
students choose this option, they cannot use their other college credit
toward the degree requirements or for points towards admission.
Students may use
their other college credit toward the degree requirements and points towards
admission. When the GPA is calculated all college credit will be used. These
hours may then be used as regular transfer credit.
Ties will be broken
based on the total number of college credit hours completed.
All students who
submit an application will be contacted, via Moraine Valley student email
address, within two (2) weeks after the deadline date. Students will either be
given a tentative acceptance letter or a letter stating they were not accepted
and the reason for not being accepted.
MTH-141 or above,
Choose: PEH-105, 108, 138, and 140 up to three credit hours
*The same math course can be used only once for success points
Success Course Weighting
A = 3 points X Credit hours
B = 2 points X Credit hours
C = 1 points X Credit hours
All other grades = No points
Student has EMS
101 with an A� 3 points X 8 credit hours = 24 points
MTH-098 with a B� 2 points X 4 credit hours = 8 points
Total points for
success courses = 24 for EMS 101 + 8 for MTH-098 =
Protection Association Physical (NFPA 1582)
Upon acceptance into
the Fire Academy courses, students must complete a medical exam from an
occupational doctor designated by the Moraine Valley Fire Science Coordinator.
The licensed physician must certify students comply with National Fire
Protection Agency (NFPA) 1582 - Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical
Programs for Fire Departments (2007). Students must also be medically approved
to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The student will also be
given a 10-panel drug screen. The student must not test positive for any tested
drugs. The Occupational Physician will submit their findings to the Fire Science
Coordinator. The Occupational Physician’s findings will be final. If the
applicant is deemed “not qualified” the applicant will no longer be eligible to
participate in the fire academy. All applicants must provide evidence of
personal health insurance within 30 days. History and Physical Forms will be
distributed upon acceptance into the Fire Academy.
For the duration of
the program, and consistent with fire service careers, students must be able to:
for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense
concentration, under stressful conditions both as a member of a team and
Use all fingers
and both hands to handle, move, lift, twist and turn objects of all shapes
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.
responsibilities while carrying up to 80 pounds of additional weight on
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, bent over.
Have near and far
vision, depth perception and the ability to focus vision.
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
In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical
affiliation agreements, students will be asked to successfully complete a
criminal background check. Applications for criminal background checks will be
distributed upon acceptance into the Fire Academy.
Provider CPR cards
All candidates must have a valid HealthCare Provider CPR card from the
American Heart Association within the first month of starting the Fire Academy
and must maintain a valid CPR card throughout the internship experience.
HealthCare provider courses will be made available to the candidates.
All candidates must show proof of HIPAA (patient confidentiality
training) within one month of beginning the Fire Academy. HIPAA training courses
will be made available to the candidates.