Degree and Certificate Information
The Fire Science Technology program at College of DuPage is widely recognized as one of the top service-oriented fire programs in Illinois. Training from this program is beneficial for both professional firefighters interested in increasing their knowledge and skill levels, as well as for firefighter candidates. The Fire Science Technology Program was recently awarded the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) recognition by the National Fire Academy.
All College of DuPage Fire Science Technology classes meet or exceed the requirements for certification with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Division of Personnel Standards and Education, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Students with previous credit from another institution, or students who plan to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate institution, should meet with the Fire Science Technology coordinator to discuss transferability of credits before enrolling in Fire Science Technology courses.
Fire Science Technology at College of DuPage offers the following Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees:
Fire Science Technology (minimum 64 credit hours)
The Fire Science Technology A.A.S. degree encompasses both firefighting and emergency medical services, as well as the theory and techniques of firefighting required by most fire departments. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions should consult with the program coordinator before enrolling in Fire Science Technology courses to ensure transferability of credits.
Emergency Medical Services (minimum 65 credit hours)
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) A.A.S. degree encompasses both firefighting and emergency medical services, with a focus on emergency medical services and the administration of those services in all situations. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions should consult with the program coordinator before enrolling in courses to ensure transferability of credits.
Academic information for each certificate program is available at the following location:
Emergency Medical Technician (10 credit hours)
Most fire departments currently seek candidates who have been trained as emergency medical technicians and/or paramedics. EMTs are trained in basic emergency skills, rescue techniques, assessment of illness and the handling of hazardous materials. More about EMT
Firefighter (24 credit hours)
This certificate provides fire fighter recruits with information on the fundamentals of orientation; fire behavior, streams, and cause and origin; the use of hoses, ropes, ladders, safety equipment, extinguishers, self-contained breathing apparatus and tools; forcible entry; overhaul; ventilation; water supply; rescue and emergency medical care; alarms and communication; inspections; hazardous materials; salvage; and sprinkler systems. This certificate also includes a study of the design, function and operating characteristics of motorized fire apparatus, and training in the skills necessary to qualify for fire apparatus engineer/driver/operator positions. To enroll in this certificate program, student must be a full-time, part-time, volunteer or paid-on call member of a fire department or fire brigade.
Paramedic (32 credit hours)
Most fire departments actively seek candidates with paramedics training. Paramedics are EMT-certified and are trained in advanced emergency care, rescue techniques, illness assessment and the handling of hazardous materials. In addition, paramedics receive training in advanced life support techniques, including administering medications, starting intravenous infusions and providing advanced cardiac care. Paramedics work for fire departments, ambulance services and hospital emergency units. More about Paramedic
NOTE: College of DuPage Fire Science Technology classes meet or exceed the requirements for certification with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Division of Personnel Standards and Education, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Dan Krakora, EMS/Fire Science Manager
Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC), Room 1018
Jill Davis, Program Counselor and Advisor
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331
Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.
Shawn LambFire Science
“I wanted to learn as much as I could to help better myself, and my crew, on the fire ground. This profession is for people who can be there for their community on possibly one of their worst days, and you must be able to do it with a possible life on the line. At COD, my EMT-B, EMT-P and Fire Investigator classes gave me the proper tools to provide care to my community at a high level.”Read Spotlight
Valerie PhillipsFire Science/EMS
“A college classmate – James Boffa, now a surgeon – had taken the same course at College of DuPage. While teaching college chemistry, I completed the program, and my instructors were Brian Pepich and Tim Caldwell, who are still at COD. I was then able to work as an ED tech, which gave me the exposure to the medical field that I had been wanting.”Read Spotlight
Kyle ButlerFire Science/EMS
"Instead of just reading what’s in the book, all of my instructors shared their experiences and always worked hard to make it a fun learning environment. Taking their experiences and going out to the street scene, where we worked our way through calls with real obstacles and real-time constraints, was amazing."Read Spotlight
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