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Fire Service Operations
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Curriculum code 1331

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 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 7:30am 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.

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.

Documents to be Submitted for a Complete File

  • Moraine Valley 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.

  • Official 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.

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • 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 high school.

  • Moraine Valley 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 MTH-098.
    B. English placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take COM-101.
    C. Reading placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant for courses above RDG-091.

Selection Criteria
Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:

  1. Qualified 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.

  2. Qualified 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.

Program Application Procedures
The following checklist and information will help you through the process of applying for admission to the Fire Academy.

  1. Submit the 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 step.
    • You may enroll online or in person at the Registration Office in the Student Services Center, Building S.

  2. Get the 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 subdivision offices.

  3. Complete COMPASS placement test if you have not already done so
    • COMPASS: follow explanations and directions at www.morainevalley.edu/TestingCenter/placement.htm

Ranking and selection
Point System
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 described above).
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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

Weighted Factors
Factor Max. Points
GPA 15
College Hours 10
Success Courses 57
Total 82
GPA Points
2.5-2.75 5
2.751-3.0 7
3.01-3.25 9
3.251-3.5 11
3.51-3.75 13
3.751-4.0 15

Number of College Hours

1-15 2
16-29 4
30-45 6
46-60 8
60+ 10

Success Courses

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

  • Student has 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 = 32 Pts

National Fire 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:

  • 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, bent 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.

Criminal Background Checks
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.

HealthCare 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.

HIPAA Training
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.

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