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.

Potential Job Titles

Program Courses

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Required Courses

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

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