Career Program Degrees
The Fire Science Technology Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to serve the needs of students in the Fire Service and to prepare others to enter the Fire Service. Many of the Fire Science courses are articulated with the Office of the State Fire Marshall and can be applied towards the requirements for Instructor I, Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Apparatus Engineer, and Hazmat - 1st Responder.
The Firefighter Basic Operations Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to serve the needs of students interested in obtaining the certifications/licenses required for an entry level position in the Fire Service. Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree are required to complete 25 credit hours of general education, 22 credit hours of Fire Science Technology core courses, and 15 hours of Fire Science Technology electives. There are two tracks to this degree. Students may choose the management (Fire Officer I) track or the non-management track.
Students will be required to provide approved personal protective safety equipment which may be purchased or leased. This equipment consists of firefighter turnouts (coat and pants), firefighting footwear, suspenders, gloves, hood, safety glasses, fire helmet, and self-contained breathing apparatus. All equipment must comply with current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards.
All students must have a valid NFPA 1001 medical physical and a current background investigation, and must consult with a Fire Science Technology adviser to plan and schedule their program.
This program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Illinois. The College of Lake County cannot guarantee the licensure requirements for states outside of Illinois. If students are seeking licensure in another state, they are encouraged to check with that state’s licensing agency for the appropriate educational requirements and standards.