Fire Fighting can be a dangerous job and upon completion of this course, the student should understand Fire Prevention, the study of the causes of fires and the major categories of fire hazards, analysis of heat source, fuel supply and oxygen supply hazards. Emphasis is placed on the recognition and control of all fire hazards.
Admission is open to anyone who is a high school graduate, or has earned a GED, and is at least 18 years old, but students wanting to take this course should be enrolled in Fire Science classes. Fire Science 1100 (Introduction to Fire Science), or consent of the instructor are prerequisites.
Fire Prevention I meets or exceeds the requirements for certification by the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Office of Personnel Standards and Education and the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1021, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications leading to certification as a Fire Officer I. To be certified as a Fire Officer I in the State of Illinois you must be on a fire department, be a certified Fire Fighter II, and pass all of the classes for Fire Officer I certification 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 online. Computer knowledge, access to a computer and fax machine, 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. Communications will be asynchronous and interacting with your fellow students will greatly enhance your learning experience. Students taking this course will have diverse knowledge and ideas should be shared. Course content will be broken into units and assignments will be due at the end of each unit. A schedule will be supplied when the student signs on line to the course.
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.