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Fire Service Operations

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program
Curriculum code 1331

Firefighter Service Operations A.A.S.
The Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program is comprised of general education courses, elective courses and core courses. Core courses include EMT training (EMS-101), a State Fire Marshal sanctioned Fire Academy (FIS-116, 204 215-219), and an internship at a local fire department (FIS-220 and 221). During the internship, students will become actual members of the fire department to which they are assigned. The internship experience allows the student to challenge their State Fire Marshal written exams. Internship fire departments may choose to keep the student at the end of the internship experience as part-time employees. To date, over 80% of the fire academy students have been retained by their internship site as permanent employees.

The Fire Academy and Internship portion of the Fire Service Operations degree have special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Everyone, even students outside of Moraine Valley’s district, is welcome to apply for admission to the Fire Academy. The minimum requirement for consideration of admission into the Fire Academy is a current Illinois EMT License. Applicants who are currently enrolled in an EMT course may apply, but will not be offered admission into the academy if they do not possess their Illinois EMT License within 60 days of the Fire Academy start date.

The Fire Academy is offered once a year during the fall semester. The Fire Academy classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for 13 weeks. Class sessions are from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The internship is held during the spring semester immediately following the Fire Academy experience. The dates and times of the internship experience are flexible. The actual meeting times of the internship sessions are scheduled with the respective Fire Department. Students must complete at least 14 hours of time each week at their internship site.

Applications for the fire academy are available in the B150 or T711 subdivision offices. Applications are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Applications will only be available from March 1 through May 1 of each year. The deadline for submitting completed applications is the last Thursday of the spring semester each year (usually the second Thursday in May). Applications are only valid for the very next Fire Academy. After applicants have been seated for each Fire Academy all applications will be destroyed. A new application will have to be made for each Fire Academy a student tries to gain entry into. NOTE: Applicants who are offered a spot in the fire academy but subsequently decline the spot within 14 calendar days of the beginning of the semester or once the semester begins will not be able to reapply for the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. program in the next admission cycle.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

Fire Service Operations Program Mission
The Moraine Valley Community College Fire Service Operations A.A.S. Program educates and trains students to meet standards of practice for entry-level fire service professionals. Faculty use appropriate methodologies to promote student learning.

Student learning emerges from the cognitive (intellectual), psychomotor (physical), clinical and affective (social, emotional and ethical) elements of fire services as defined for the entry-level practitioner by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Moraine Valley Community College Fire Science Program Advisory Committee. Student learning occurs within an intellectual atmosphere that promotes continuing education as part of professional dedication and lifelong learning and within an ethical framework for student conduct in both the classroom and fire training facilities, i.e., burn towers.

Program Coordinator: Andy Hufnagl, M.S., B.S., A.A.S.

Office Location: T805

Telephone: (708) 608-4404

Fax: (708) 974-5325


Fire Service Operations Program Essential Functions
All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, fire science students must be able to:

  • Work effectively for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration, under stressful conditions both as a member of a team and independently
  • Use all fingers and both hands to handle, move, lift, twist and turn objects of all shapes and sizes
  • Perform all aspects of the job in environments with extreme noise conditions, limited mobility, above or below ground heights, poor visibility, high humidity and closed or confined spaces for unknown lengths of time.
  • Perform job responsibilities while carrying up to 80 pounds of additional weight on their person
  • Lift, climb, and move while carrying up to 100 pounds of equipment and tools
  • Drag and carry up to 200 pounds
  • Perform a variety of tasks for unknown durations of time on level surfaces and also on a variety of hazardous surfaces, such as slippery, wet and freezing surfaces while under adverse conditions and with increased weight loads using a variety of body positions, including but not limited to: stand, sit, crouch, crawl, climb, kneel, stoop, and bend over
  • Have near and far vision, depth perception and the ability to focus vision
  • Receive, interpret and respond efficiently, appropriately and safely to instructions issued by commanding officers and delivered in a variety of formats, including in written, oral, diagrammatic or scheduling formats
  • Smell smoke and other odors that might indicate hazardous conditions
  • Use the senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to assess the nature of emergency situations, maintain personal safety, and make critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potentially life-threatening environment throughout the duration of the operation
  • Be free from frequent episodes of pain resulting in the inability to perform manual work, or sudden incapacitation.
  • Make rapid transitions from rest to near maximum exertion without warm-up periods

Office of the State Fire Marshal Training Center Approval
The Moraine Valley Community College Fire Service Operations A.A.S. degree Program has training center approval through the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Upon successful completion of the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. Degree Program, graduates are eligible to challenge the Firefighter-Basic examination offered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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