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Fire Service Operations—About the Program

Program Description
The Fire Service Operations A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare students without firefighting career experience for entry-level jobs in the fire service. The program will culminate with students completing fire academy training and performing a capstone internship with a local fire department.

Students will learn about the characteristics and behavior of fire, strategies for extinguishing fires, coping with hazardous materials incidents, and administering emergency medical assistance to injured persons. Students will learn about the fire service through both classroom and hands-on instruction. Hands-on instruction will cover areas such as use of hoses nozzles, ladders, forcible entry tools, ventilation equipment, and supplied-air breathing apparatus. Instruction will also cover techniques for search-and-rescue and self-survival.

Design of the Program
The program is designed to lead to the firefighter-basic credential conferred by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The first semester of the program includes EMS-101 (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic) and 10 credits of required general education courses. Students must also take at least one credit hour of a designated PEH course leading to physical fitness.

The second semester includes electives and 7 credit hours of general education requirements, three credits of program electives, and at least one credit hour of a designated PEH course leading to physical fitness. During the second semester students will apply for admission to the fire academy experience. Only 20 students will be accepted into the fire academy each time the academy is offered. Selective admission criteria will be used to determine who will be offered a spot in the fire academy.

The third semester suggested courses include the fire academy courses (FIS-116, FIS-204, FIS-215, FIS-216, FIS-217, FIS-218, FIS-219) and at least one credit hour of a designated PEH course leading to physical fitness.

The fourth semester will consist of fire department special services courses, at least one credit hour of a designated PEH course leading to physical fitness, and the remaining general education courses.

Please consult the Suggested Schedule for a recommended schedule.

Expected Outcomes
Students will be able to successfully challenge the Office of the State Fire Marshal's exam for certification as a Firefighter-Basic. Firefighter-Basic is the minimum level certification for a structural firefighter in Illinois. In addition to Firefighter-Basic, students will cover Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations, Technical Rescue Awareness, and the classroom portions of Fire Service Vehicle Operator.

 
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