Duane Stonich
Department Chair, Health and Public Services
Office: U-1002 N
Email: dstonich@jjc.edu

Charlotte Garrabrant
Professor/Coordinator of EMS
Office: U-1002 M
Email: cclark@jjc.edu

Audrey Finkel
Assistant Professor Emergency Services
Office: U-1002 K
Email: afinkel@jjc.edu

John Ross
Fire Science Coordinator
Office: U-1002 L
Email: jross@jjc.edu

Courtney DeBoer
Secretary, Health and Public Services
Office: U-1002 J
Email: cdeboer@jjc.edu
Phone: (815) 280-2356

Fire Science Technology Program Information

Want to learn about an exciting career fighting fires and saving lives?  Want to experience hands-on training like the picture of our students on the right?  Come meet with a Fire Science Advisor to help you to meet your goals!   We want to personally meet with you to tailor the program to meet your needs.  Call 815-280-2356 for an appointment! 

The Fire Science Technology program combines fire science theory with a liberal arts education. The programs range from the introductory level to the administrative officer level. It is coordinated with the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office and has the support of area mayors, city managers, and fire district trustees. Our unique Fire Science program offers a fire internship program that enables the student to obtain their Illinois State Fire Marshal Basic Operation Firefighter Certification through a partnership with Troy Fire Protection District.  Students who enroll in the JJC Fire Technology program are eligible to complete an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

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Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)

The associate degree in Fire Science Technology has the national recognition through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network of fire science programs. The National Fire Academy has advocated standardizing education for fire fighters and officers across the nation. FESHE's mission is: "to provide an organization of post-secondary institutions to promote higher education and to enhance the recognition of the fire and emergency services as professions to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards."

Partnership with Southern Illinois University

Joliet Junior College is now in partnership with Southern Illinois University, with courses offered at our Main Campus. This partnership offers JJC Fire Science students a seamless transfer to SIU's Public Safety Management Bachelor degree program. For more information, please follow this link: SIU Information.docx

Career and Job Opportunities

Graduates of the program have gone on to professional careers in the fire service, as well as within the areas of emergency medical services.

 In recent years the number of fires is on the decline due to the persistent public education performed by local Fire Departments.  The job of a Firefighter/Paramedic has become very broad with duties covering fire suppression, life safety, protection of property, inspection activities, arson investigation,hazardous materials, technical rescue, water rescue, terrorism/WMD, emergency management, and most of all emergency medical services.  A Firefighter/Paramedic can also expect a career long commitment to physical fitness.  The starting average income in our area is approximately $51,350 a year for a Firefighter/Paramedic and approximately $97,250 a year for a Fire Officer.

Applicant requirements for fire department vary, but most require the applicant to be 21 years old by time of hire.  Other requirements of the Fire Service may include but are not limited to:

  • Office of the Illinois State Fire  Marshall Fire Fighter Basic certification
  • IDPH EMT-Basic license certification
  • IDPH Paramedic license certification
  • Candidate Physical Ability Testing (CPAT)
  • Varying hours of college credit and/or AAS Degree in Fire Science or related field

Applicants for job testing will proceed through a testing process that will place them on a final eligibility list.  The process includes:

  • A detailed application
  • A written exam testing your verbal and listening comprehension, mathematical problem solving, and deductive reasoning
  • A physical ability test and an oral interview
  • Background checks including work, school, social media and criminal history.
  • Psychological tests both written and/or an oral interview with a psychologist
  • The final step would be a full NFPA approved medical/physical exam

Fire Science AAS Degree:

2016-2017 Catalog Description

*Current Employment Opportunities*

Kurtz Ambulance Service(hires firefighter paramedics)
Fire Recruit.com
Superior Ambulance.pdf

CSL Behring


Chicago Fire Wire


Sample Firefighter/Paramedic Job Description

Online Resources

Scholarship Opportunities


Illinois Fire Chiefs Scholarship

Click on the above link for application information.


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.