JJC Fire Science Technology Program Nationally Recognized

The Joliet Junior College Fire Science Technology program was nationally recognized with a Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) certificate in October. This acknowledgement means JJC’s program met the standards established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy. (NFA).

Fire Science and EMS faculty and staff pictured from left to right: Charlotte Garrabrant, Courtney DeBoer, Audrey Finkel, John Ross, Duane Stonich, Kevin Teper.

JJC’s program is only one of two programs in Illinois that was recognized for offering an associate degree in fire science technology.

“This certificate allows our degree to be recognized nationally by fire departments in other states,” said Duane Stonich, coordinator of the fire science technology program. “After graduating from JJC, many of our students go on to Southern Illinois University. Since SIU is also recognized with this certificate, this allows our students to have a seamless transfer to SIU to obtain a bachelor’s in fire management. JJC is a perfect start for a student interested in the fire science field.”

The JJC Fire Science Technology program is coordinated with the Illinois State Fire Marshal Office and has the support of area mayors, city managers, and fire district trustees. JJC has offered a fire science associate degree since 1970.

Each year, 120 students enroll in the fire science technology program and 200 enroll in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. According to Stonich, most enroll in both fire science and EMS classes to obtain degrees in both fields.

Graduates of the program have gone on to professional careers in the fire service industry and emergency medical services.

For more information about the fire science technology program’s recognition, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/prodev/feshe_recognition.html.

For more information about JJC’s fire science techology program, visit http://www.jjc.edu/emergency-services/Pages/fire-science-requirements.aspx.


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