Fire Science

PSC Firepalooza 2014

Local fire departments are looking for qualified men and women who want to devote themselves to this challenging and satisfying career. Entry level requirements are rigorous, but firefighters report a high degree of job satisfaction. A Fire Science degree from a reputable institution like Prairie State College may soon be required for those who hope to be promoted and rise through the ranks. Although firefighters can find work in a variety of business and industrial settings, most work in municipal fire departments.

Firefighters must undergo stringent physical and mental testing to compete for jobs in local departments. Upon completion of a degree in Fire Science, students will be prepared for this testing. Our Fire Science classes are approved by the Illinois Office of State Fire Marshal for state certification.

Prairie State College (PSC) offers the classes you need at a fraction of the cost you would pay anywhere else. Make the comparison.

Fire Science A.A.S. Degree

This curriculum prepares the student for employment as a volunteer, paid-on-call part-time, or full-time municipal firefighter.

Fire Science Technology Certificate

This curriculum prepares the student for employment as a volunteer, paid-on-call part-time or full-time firefighter.

Basic Firefighter Operations Certificate

This program is designed for students seeking employment in fire service by preparing them for the State Firefighter II certification exam. Students receive training in areas that include fire behavior, safety, fire control, communication, hazardous materials and fire prevention. Students demonstrate basic firefighter skills such as the use of ladders, hose, ropes, and breathing apparatus in a supervised setting.

Students must complete FST 101 Introduction to Fire Science Technology with a grade of C or better, or document current affiliation with a fire department prior to admission to this program.

Advanced Firefighter Certificate

This program continues the study of fire department organization, fire behavior, safety issues, and rescue techniques begun in Basic Firefighter Operations. Students with valid Basic Firefighter Operations certification prepare to sit for the State Fire Marshal Firefighter III and Rescue Awareness certificate exams.

Program Requirements: 6 credits, FST 120 Firefighter III.

Firefighter/EMT Certificate

The Firefighter/EMT certificate will provide the beginning student in the emergency response occupations with fundamental skills in basic fire fighting techniques and emergency medical care. Both areas have independent certification exams that must be successfully completed to obtain employment in the field.

Degrees and Certificates

View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.


A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.


Fire Officer/Operations Courses

Fire Service - Instructor II
-Cost: $105 - Code: GSFST-009-PS 
-Register by: May 24, Dates: May 30 - July 20
-Book: Required- IFSTA - Fire and Emergency Service Instructor - 8th ed.
- Online except for one on-campus demo and final is OSFM exam. Must be taken in-person at Prairie State College.
- This course is a continuation of Fire Service - Instructor I. It provides basic information on program management, program development, lesson plan development, instructional development, and techniques used to create evaluation instruments
Summer Fire Officer Brochure
Fire Apparatus Engineer
-Cost: $225 - Code: GSFST-006-PS
-Register by: Oct. 6D, ates: Oct. 16 - Nov. 18
-Days: Monday, Thursday, Saturday (Two practicals Nov. 11 and Nov. 18)
-Times: 7 p.m. - 9:50 p.m. (M,Th); 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (S)
-Location: Park Forest Fire Department, 156 Indianwood Blvd.
-Book: No textbook

Hazardous Materials Operations
-Cost: $150 - Code: GSFST-004-PS
-Register by: Nov. 3 - Dates: Nov. 12 - Dec. 10 (No class on Nov. 26)
-Days: Sunday
-Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
-Location: Crete Township Station 1, 26730 S. Stoney Island
-Book: Recommended - Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations - Jones and Bartlett

Basic Operations Firefighter
-Cost: $1,270 - Code: GSFST-019-PS
-Register by: Aug. 11 - Dates: Aug. 21 - Dec. 15
-Days: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
-Orientation: Thursday, Aug. 17, 7-9:50 p.m.
-Times: 7-9:50 p.m. (M, Th); 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (S)
-Location: L116
-Book: Required - “Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills” 3rd ed, Jones and Bartlett
-Instructor: R. Atwood
-Requirements: Must register in person only, 18 years of age, placement into ENG 101, and documented affiliations with a fire department.
Fire Operator Brochure

Online Fire Department Management I
-Cost: $150 - Code: GSFST-010-PS
-Register by: Oct. 6, Dates: Oct. 16 - Dec. 15
-Book: Mandatory- IFSTA - Fire and Emergency Service Company Officer - 5th Edition
-Online except for final. 
- Class final is OSFM certification exam. Must be taken in person at PSC.

Online Fire Department Management III
-Cost: $150 - Code: GSFST-012-PS
-Register by: Oct. 6, Dates: Oct. 16 - Dec. 15
-Book: Mandatory- IFSTA - Fire and Emergency Service Company Officer - 5th Edition
-Online except for final and class demo. 
- Class final is OSFM certification exam. Must be taken in person at PSC.

Fire Prevention Principles I
-Cost: $150 - Code: GSFST-028-PS
-Register by: Sept. 1, Dates: Sept. 9 - Sept. 23
-Days: Saturday, Sunday
-Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
-Location: Health-Tech Bldg North Campus, Room 116
- Book: Mandatory- IFSTA - Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement - 8th Edition 
-Class final is OSFM certification exam.

Fall Fire Science Flyer


Carol Fawcett
Dean, Allied Health and Emergency Services

Firepalooza Workshops