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
- 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.