Becoming a firefighter takes a lot of time, education and dedication. Fire Fighters must be acquainted with and understand the responsibilities of their job. They must understand the organizational structures of the fire service and how it could affect them. This course serves as an introduction to the field of fire protection, fire service history, traditions, terminology, organization and operations of the fire service.
Admission is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, or has earned a GED, and is at least 18 years old.
Introduction to the Fire Service does not have any National and State Certifications associated with the course. It does meet one of the program requirements of the Fire Science Technology, Fire Science Degree. To be certified as a Fire Fighter II in the State of Illinois you must be on a fire department and pass all of the classes as specified by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. If you do not live in Illinois, check with the local authority having jurisdiction, in your state, about the state requirements for certification.
This course is delivered totally online. Computer knowledge, access to a computer, having an Internet service provider (such as AOL, MSN, etc.), and knowing how to operate a computer are necessary to access this course and perform web searches. Course content is broken into units and assignments will be due at the end of each unit. A schedule will be supplied when the student signs online to the course. Because students taking this course have diverse knowledge, all participants are encouraged to regularly share their ideas and experiences.
Students meeting the requirements can enroll by calling the College of DuPage at 630.942.2377 or register online using myACCESS. Click "How to use myACCESS" and follow the instructions. It is suggested that students access each area in COD Online, prior to registration, to see if online learning is for them.
For more information about the Fire Science Program and Certificates at College of DuPage, refer to our Fire Science Program website.