Fire Science Certificate

Curriculum Code: FIR.FIR.CERT (C343A)

(Total Program Credits: 38)

The Fire Science program is designed for individuals pursuing a career in fire service and related fields. Some fire departments offer hiring, promotional, and salary incentives to candidates possessing a certificate. This program is based on the curriculum recommended by the Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) division of the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

Other areas of employment for Fire Science graduates include fire-equipment sales and service, municipal fire protection, fire prevention inspection in industry and architectural firms, investigation for insurance companies, and emergency medical services. Upon petition, students who have completed programs approved by the Illinois State Fire Marshall's Office will be granted equivalent credit toward a Certificate in Fire Science.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fire Science Certificate, the graduate will be able to:
  • identify the fundamental knowledge of firefighting according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • define the roles and responsibility of a fire officer according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • explain hydraulics in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • describe methods of fire investigation in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • summarize chemistry of hazardous materials in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • explain legal aspects of emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education;
  • explain safety in emergency services according to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education; and
  • identify the components and key terms of the National Incident Management System according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures

Students should enroll in all FIR courses for the given semester, as first year courses are required to complete the second year of FIR courses.

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 101National Incident Management System (NIMS)

1

FIR 111Principles of Emergency Services

2

FIR 112Fire Behavior & Combustion

2

FIR 113Fire Prevention

2

Total Credit Hours:7

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 102Basic ICS and Application Towards Single Resource & Initial Action Incidents

1

FIR 114Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

FIR 115Fire Protection Systems

2

FIR 116Principles of Fire & Emergency Services Safety & Survival

2

Total Credit Hours:8

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 202Fire Service Strategy & Tactics #

3

FIR 210Fire Investigation I #

3

FIR 231Hazardous Materials Chemistry #

3

FIR 251Occupational Safety & Health for Emergency Services #

2

Total Credit Hours:11

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIR 203Fire & Emergency Services Administration #

3

FIR 218Fire Investigation II #

3

FIR 221Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply #

3

FIR 241Legal Aspects of Emergency Services #

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required for each FIR course.

See FIR course descriptions.

Chairperson: William Justiz, Ext. 3653