Firefighter Basic Operations

Associate in Applied Science
Career Degree
Cost
$13,099*

Manage emergencies and disasters

With an Associate in Applied Science in firefighter basic operations, you learn to work with people to mitigate situations, whether EMS related or firefighting, and save lives. Firefighters help people in need daily, hourly and every minute as a firefighter/paramedic. The fire service is all about customer service and meeting the needs of the residents as well as those that come through the community. 

 

What can you do with an A.A.S. in Firefighter Basic Operations?

Whether you’re just starting out or have a background in firefighting, this Associate in Applied Science positions you for success in firefighting and emergency services.

While studying to become a state-certified firefighter, you train to become a nationally registered EMT and earn the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification as the (OSFM) hazardous materials operations technician.

Start right away with your associate degree in roles such as:

  • firefighter
  • EMT or paramedic
  • fire training officer
  • wildland firefighter

With additional education, you can help people as a:

  • paramedic
  • fire lieutenant
  • battalion chief
  • deputy chief
  • fire chief

Highlights

  • State Certifications

    Earn state certifications upon course completion.
  • Top-Notch Facilities

    Gain practical skills on campus and at the Grayslake Fire Station.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Career Outlook

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A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Recommended Pathway

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    ENG 120 3
    MTH 114 3
    CIT 119 3
    FST 111 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 120
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code MTH 114
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 119
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 111
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    EMT 111 7
    FST 173 3
    FST 174 3
    PHY 120 4
    • Course Code EMT 111
      Course Title
      Credits 7
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 173
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 174
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PHY 120
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    PSY 121 3
    • Course Code PSY 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CMM 121 3
    FST 120 3
    FST 130 4
    FST 192 3
    • Course Code CMM 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 120
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 130
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 192
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    FST 131 4
    FST 132 4
    FST 116 3
    FST 117 3
    HUM 127 3
    • Course Code FST 131
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 132
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 116
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code FST 117
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HUM 127
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours

64


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Fire Science Technology at CLC: Get the bigger picture

An A.A.S. in firefighter basic operations is just one possible way to study fire science technology. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options. The A.A.S in fire science technology will take you into other fire service career paths such as fire marshal, public educator, fire investigator, as well as a fire protection engineer just to name a few.  

Learn about courses, faculty, related programs and more.

View the Fire Science Technology Program Overview

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*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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