Fire Service Preparation

  • Credits: 18
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

The Fire Service Preparation certificate program provides an opportunity for students to obtain basic instruction in firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical care. The program meets the minimum entry-level requirements for most fire departments around the country. This certificate consists mostly of technical coursework and three credits of general education, providing for a focus of technical hands-on training to enable the student to become familiar with the entry-level aspects of the fire service.


Nationwide demand exists for students wanting to become professional fire fighters. Typically job titles will be as a starting fire fighter with a municipal fire department, but in some cases industry or other governmental institutions will hire graduates with these capabilities.

The employment outlook for firefighters in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 4%, an low growth career.

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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
EMTB 1101 Emergency Medical Tech 6
FIRE 1100 Intro to Fire Service 1
FIRE 1102 Firefighter Fitness 2
FIRE 1110 Firefighter Basic 6
FIRE 1130 Rescue Theory & Practices 1
FIRE 1150 HazMat Operational 2

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Program Specific Requirements

1. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study prior to entering FIRE courses. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.
2. Students must have an "eligible" status through the State Motor Vehicle Records Check system.
3. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) prior to the end of the first week of EMTB1101.
4. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
5. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form prior to enrollment in EMTP1130.
6. All students must have structural firefighting personal protective equipment, which consists of a helmet, protective hood, coat, pants, gloves, and boots.

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of "C" or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 46
Arithmetic: 50


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.
  • A blended site (some classes face-to-face and some classes distance) may be used for this program.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Faculty

  • Jeffrey Boushee
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Chad Cutshaw
  • Adjunct Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Scott Nicola
  • Adjunct Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Bruce Roed
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 681-0701
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Jason Swope
  • Fire Technology Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2579
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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