Fire Science

The Fire Science program includes a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree involving 66 semester credits with two options:

  • Students that are not currently an active member of a fire department must select the Fire Protection Administration option.
  • Students that are active members of either a full-time, part-time or volunteer fire department may select the Fire Rescue Specialist or the Fire Protection Administration option.

The program also offers 12 certificate programs, which are only open to active fire department members, rescue team members or emergency medical service providers. These programs are designed to meet various national fire service training standards and lead to certification by the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal. Many certificate and Fire Rescue Specialist courses require demonstration of skills that involve strenuous physical activity that may be considered dangerous. These courses also may require the student to provide sophisticated personal protective equipment in order to participate in class activities. The approval of the program coordinator and official sponsorship by the student’s fire department or employer may be required for enrollment. Contact the program coordinator or an academic counselor for more information.

For more information on the Fire Science program, please contact Program Coordinator Lee Smith at 618-234-5138 or lee.smith@swic.edu. 

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Educational Programs

Certificate Programs

The following Fire Science certificate options are only open to active fire department members, rescue team members, or emergency medical service providers. The approval of the program coordinator and official sponsorship by the student's fire department or employer my be required for enrollment. The certificate programs include:

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Fire Science Program is prepared to work in the following fields:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Inspector
 
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Industrial Fire Brigade Member
 

There will always be a need for qualified firefighters. The field of fire science is rapidly expanding and constantly progressing.

Often salaries are based on the size and location of fire protection agencies. Many fire departments in small communities are volunteers.

 

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