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The Fire Science Technology program at JJC is designed to teach students fire protection fundamentals and prepare them for entry level positions in the fire service industry.

Fire Science Technology

What Will I Learn?

The Fire Science Technology program at JJC is designed to teach students fire protection fundamentals and prepare them for entry level positions in the fire service industry. With the increasing complexity of technology in the industry, it is necessary for fire protection personnel to acquire specialized knowledge and problem-solving skills to meet modern-day challenges. Our program can also benefit current fire professionals who need to update their skills and industry knowledge.

What is Unique About Our Fire Science Program?

We are recognized by the National Fire Academy for a commitment to the nationally recognized Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model of standardized professional development education criteria. All fire science instructors are currently full-time or retired firefighters with vast experience from every level of the profession. JJC also has an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University (SIU). All courses taken at JJC will be fully transferrable to SIU’s Fire Service Management Bachelor Degree Program, which is taught at our main campus.

Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of college students and firefighters working various shift assignments. During each semester, classes are offered during the day, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Online and blended courses are available each semester. Fast track classes to certify existing firefighters are also scheduled periodically at area fire departments.

Certificate evaluation for credit is also available; contact the program advisor at 815.280.2356 for more information.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Firefighters are key to the protection of the American public and are in great demand nationally. Opportunities for employment are available in:

  • Fire departments
  • Public safety departments and ambulance companies for firefighters
  • Engineers
  • Drivers/operators
  • EMTs
  • Arson investigators
  • Insurance investigators
  • Fire prevention inspectors
  • Public education officers
  • Fire marshals and fire officers
  • Private industry positions are available as safety officers, fire prevention inspectors and emergency medical personnel.
  • Salary Estimates

    The average salary can start at $48,000, depending on the state/area. The average salary for a firefighter/paramedic in Illinois is $55,000.

    (Source: US Department of Labor)

  • Curriculum

    Fire Science Technology, A.A.S (FS300)

    2017-18 Course Catalog 
    General Education Requirements: 19 semester hours
    Major Core Requirements: 30 semester hours
    Major Core Electives: 15 semester hours
    Total Required Hours: 64 semester hours

  • Basic Operations Firefighter Internship Program

    The Joliet Junior College Fire Science internship program offers select students the opportunity to become a rostered member of an area fire department. The internship gives students hands-on experience with firefighting skills and allows them to experience the typical daily operations of a working fire station.

    Unlike other fire academies, through completion of our unique fire internship, students are immediately qualified to take the State Fire Marshal Basic Operations Firefighter (BOF) exam. Becoming a certified firefighter will offer students a great advantage when applying for a job after graduation. For more information, visit the BOF Internship page.

  • Kim Crawford Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Kim Crawford to recognize students majoring in Fire Science/EMS at Joliet Junior College. Kim was an administrative assistant for our program and showed exemplary service to our students.This annual award shall be given to a JJC student(s) who is enrolled in their second year of Fire Science/EMS program, has a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and demonstrates financial need. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and/or books.


    • Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completed.
    • Enrollment as a second year student of the Fire Science/EMS program at Joliet Junior College.
    • 3.0 or above GPA.


    Illinois Fire Chiefs Scholarship

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