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.

Courses

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

Spring 2018 Fire Officer: On-Campus Courses 

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Class Code Cost Dates Location
Strategy & Tactics I

GSFST-026-PS $150 S, Su - Jan 20 - Feb 3
Register by: Jan 12
Park Forest FD, 
156 Indianwood Blvd.
Book: Recommended - "Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics," J. Norman, 4th edition
Class final is OSFM certification exam.
Strategy & Tactics II GSFST-027-PS $150 S, Su - Feb 17 - Mar 3
Register by: Feb 9
PSC - L116
Book: Recommended - "Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics," J. Norman, 4th edition
Class final is OSFM certification exam.

Spring 2018 Fire Officer: Online Courses

Class Code Cost Dates
Fire Service Instructor I

GSFST-008-PS $150 Mar 19 - May 18
Register by: Mar 12

Book: Required -  "Fire and Emergency Service Instructor," IDSTA, 8th edition
Online except for final and demo. Class final is not OSFM certification exam. OSFM certification will be offered.

Fire Department Management II GSFST-011-PS $150 Mar 18 - May 18
Register by: Mar 12
Book: Required - "Fire and Emergency Service Company Officer," IFSTA, 5th edition
Online except for final. Class final isOSFM certification exam. Must be taken in person at PSC.
Fire Department Management IV GSFST-013-PS $150 Mar 18 - May 18
Register by: Mar 12
Book: Required - "Fire and Emergency Service Company Officer," IFSTA, 5th edition
Online except for final. Class final isOSFM certification exam. Must be taken in person at PSC.

Spring 2018 Fire Operations: On-Campus Courses

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Class Code Cost Dates Location/Time
Hazardous Materials Operations

GSFST-004-PS $150 Su - Mar 19 - May 18
Register by: Mar 12
TBD
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Book: Recommended - "Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations," 2nd edition, Jones and Bartlett
Requires OSFM exam for certification
Vehicle Machinery Operations GSFST-005-PS $275 S, Su - Apr 7 - Apr 15
Register by: Mar 30
PSC - L-116
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Book: Recommended - "Vehicle Rescue and Extrication," 2nd edition, Moore
Instructor: M. Swanson
Class final is OSFM certification exam.
Advanced Technician Firefighter GSFST-025-PS $295 Feb 9 - Apr 14
Register by: Feb 2
PSC - L-116
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (F)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (S)
Online plus in-person practicals on April 13 and 14, Location TBD.
Book: Recommended - "Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills Evidence Based Practices," Enhanced 3rd edition, Jones & Bartkett
Instructor: M. Siefert and C. Vlietstra
Requires OSFM exam for certification.
Basic Operations Firefighter GSFST-019-PS $1,310 Jan 18 - May 18
Register by: Jan 12
Orientation: Jan 18 @ 7 p.m. in L-116

PSC - L-116
7 p.m. - 9:50 p.m. (M/Th)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (S)

Book: Required -  "Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills Evidence Based Practices," Enhanced 3rd Ed., Jones & Bartlett
Instructor: R. Atwood
Requirements: Must register in person only. 18 years of age; placement into ENG 101; documented affiliation with a fire department.

Construction and Fire Systems GSFST-029-PS $150 Jan 17 - May 16
Register by: Jan
PSC - L-116
7 p.m. - 9:50 p.m. (W)
Book: Required - "Building Construction to the Fire Service," 3rd Ed., IFSTA
Instructor: M. Wheeler
         

Contact

Carol Fawcett
Dean, Allied Health and Emergency Services
email: cfawcett@prairiestate.edu

Firepalooza Workshops