Over the past few years, fire departments in the U.S. responded to nearly 1.3 million fires. This resulted in 3,700 deaths and nearly $15 billion in property damage.
In addition to extinguishing fires, firefighters also respond to a wide variety of other emergency and non-emergency incidents including: medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, vehicle extrication and other technical rescue incidents.
Firefighters conduct fire inspections to ensure code compliance, as well as provide fire- and life-safety education to the community.
The MCC Fire Academy offers training that is authorized by the Missouri Department of Public Safety's Division of Fire Safety (DFS), which is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Pro Board. Graduates of the MCC-Blue River Fire Academy earn a Fire Science Certificate.
MCC offers full-time fire academies in both the fall and spring semesters.
This eighteen-week program provides classroom instruction, skills training and physical fitness training that will prepare students for DFS certification testing for Fire Fighter I & II and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, as well as National Registry Emergency Medical Technician license testing.
MCC also offers a two-semester, part-time fire academy each academic year.
Classes are held three nights a week and all day on Saturdays. The fall semester covers all firefighting and HazMat courses, and EMT is covered during the spring semester.
Firefighter, HazMat and physical training is conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EMT training is conducted on Tuesday and Thursday during the academy. Additional mini-session courses round out this intensive academy experience.
Graduates of the program earn 27 college credits and will be eligible for testing for all certificates and licenses required by most fire departments in the Kansas City area, as well as in many states.
As part of each academy, MCC-Blue River offers Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) testing for academy students.
Unlike many other fire-based A.A.S. degree programs that focus solely on technical certifications, MCC's degree is an academically based program that combines the basic fire academy technical training with upper-level courses addressing the challenges that modern fire departments face.
Graduates of the A.A.S. program will be able to recognize, analyze and address legal, technical and personnel issues that fire officers routinely encounter.
Many of the requirements for the A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology degree are met upon successful completion of MCC's fire academy, as well as additional fire science and general education courses.
Firefighters who did not graduate from MCC's Fire Academy may earn credit by certification for several common fire service certifications. Up to 21 credits can be earned for IFSAC- or Pro Board-accredited certificates for FF I & II, HazMat Awareness & Operations, Inspector I and EMT or Paramedic.
All of MCC's Fire Science Technology courses are recognized by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program and align with FESHE's Model Curriculum for core and non-core courses.
MCC-Blue River also offers several continuing education courses for firefighters seeking to enhance their education and training. In addition to open CPAT and FSEE testing, MCC offers:
Other professional development courses are offered periodically. Learn more about fire service continuing education.
In 2022, median pay for U.S. firefighters was $51,680/year with jobs expected to increase 4% through 2032.
While most firefighters are employed by municipal fire departments or fire protection districts, other fire service career opportunities include:
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