Welcome 2019-2020 Students
Fire Science is an introductory look at emergency response with fire department and EMS (Emergency Medical Services/ Ambulance). Our 1st year students learn the basics of fire suppression including hose deployment, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, rescue, apparatus and equipment, and building construction. They earn dual credit with JJC for FSCI-101 Principles of Emergency Services (3 credit hours) and FSCI-103 Building Construction for Fire Protection (3 credit hours).
Our 2nd year students (advanced) focus on EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) which is an introduction to pre-hospital emergency care. Firefighting skills are reinforced 2nd semester with comprehensive review of all basic skills with the addition of vehicle extrication, fire prevention, forcible entry and advanced rescue techniques. These students earn dual credit with JJC for FSCI-102 Fire Prevention (3 credit hours) and EMS 101 First Responder (4 credit hours). EMS 101 is a pre-requisite for acceptance into the JJC EMT-B program.
We focus not only in class room activities, but spend much of our time doing hands-on practical skills. We just acquired a "new" Pierce Fire Engine for practical evolutions on GAVC property where we can accomplish a number of drills including hose deployment/loading and water flow. We have access to Morris Fire Department Station #2 for added training experiences including use of all apparatus and facilities. Highlights of our practical time are the use of the Chief Shabbona Fire Academy SCBA/Smoke Trailer, Genesis sponsored Vehicle Extrications and cumulate with our "Live Burn" evolutions at years end.
Work ethic, self-motivation, discipline and professionalism are at the core of our program. We believe these skills are important for any career field, not just emergency services.