Fire Science Students Get Rare Opportunity to Use Sprinkler Trailer

Fire Science Technology students at Joliet Junior College are learning first-hand how to use sprinkler systems thanks to the support of a local nonprofit.  

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) has loaned the JJC program its sprinkler trailer. The trailer is equipped with many types of sprinkler systems that the students will encounter when they enter the profession. The trailer also has a controlled burn room to further enhance training. 

NIFSAB works to raise awareness about the importance sprinkler systems play in saving both lives and property. 

The trailer interior features many types of sprinkler systems that the students will encounter upon entering the profession. It also has a controlled burn room.
The trailer interior features many types of
sprinkler systems that the students will
encounter upon entering the profession.
It also has a controlled burn room.

The trailer will only be on campus for another week, but it has already been an asset to the program. It is unusual for a college to have access to a learning tool like the sprinkler trailer, according to Lindsay Laycoax, Fire Science Technology instructor. 

“The Sprinkler Trailer provided by Tom Lia and the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Board has brought a new level of onsite training for our students and faculty,” Laycoax said. “What a great asset it was to supplement and enhance the learning experience for our students here at Joliet Junior College.”

JJC’s Fire Science Technology program is recognized by the National Fire Academy for its commitment to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model of standardized professional development education criteria. All Fire Science Technology professors are current or retired full-time firefighters with over 100 years of experience combined. 

JJC also has an agreement with Southern Illinois University (SIU) that allows students to easily transfer into a bachelor’s program. All courses taken at the college are fully transferrable to SIU’s Fire Service Management bachelor degree program, which is taught at JJC’s Main Campus. 

For more information on JJC’s Fire Science Technology program, contact Duane Stonich at (815) 280-2493 or dstonich@jjc.edu. 
 

For more information contact Scott Harvey, communications and media coordinator, at 815-280-2844 or sharvey@jjc.edu.