Fire Science Technology

  • Health, Public Safety & Human Services

How to Enroll

The Fire Science Technology degree is currently undergoing revision.  Please contact the Health and Public Service Secretary at 815-280-2356 or for a faculty advisor appointment prior to enrollment or registration.  Most entry-level fire/EMS students should choose the EMS degree in the meantime.  The Fire and Emergency Services degree is primarily for current fire service professionals.

What Will I Learn?

The Fire Science Technology program at JJC is designed to teach students fire protection fundamentals and prepare them for entry level positions in the fire service industry in parts of the country that do not require EMS training (or for students who already have EMS training). With the increasing complexity of technology in the industry, it is necessary for fire protection personnel to acquire specialized knowledge and problem-solving skills to meet modern-day challenges. Our program can benefit current fire professionals who need to update their skills and industry knowledge.

What is Unique About Our Fire Science Program?

We are recognized by the National Fire Academy for a commitment to the nationally recognized Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model of standardized professional development education criteria. All fire science instructors are currently full-time or retired firefighters with vast experience from every level of the profession. JJC also has an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University (SIU). All courses taken at JJC will be fully transferrable to SIU’s Fire Service Management Bachelor Degree Program, which is taught at our main campus.

Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of current firefighters working various shift assignments. During each semester, classes are offered during the day, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Online and blended courses are available each semester. Fast track classes to certify existing firefighters are also scheduled periodically at area fire departments.

Lastly, the Kim Crawford Memorial Scholarship is available exclusively for JJC Fire Science/EMS students. Students in their second year who have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need can apply. For more information, visit the JJC Scholarships page.

Certificate evaluation for credit is also available; contact the program secretary at 815.280.2356 or for more information.

What Degree Will I Receive? 

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  • Salary Estimates

    The average salary can start at $48,000, depending on the state/area. The average salary for a firefighter/paramedic in Illinois is $55,000.

    (Source: US Department of Labor)

  • Curriculum

    Fire Science Technology, A.A.S (FS300)

    2019-20 Course Catalog 
    General Education Requirements: 19 semester hours
    Major Core Requirements: 30 semester hours
    Major Core Electives: 15 semester hours
    Total Required Hours: 64 semester hours

  • Basic Operations Firefighter Internship Program

    The Joliet Junior College Fire Science internship program offers select students the opportunity to become a rostered member of an area fire department. The internship gives students hands-on experience with firefighting skills and allows them to experience the typical daily operations of a working fire station.

    Unlike other fire academies, through completion of our unique fire internship, students are immediately qualified to take the State Fire Marshal Basic Operations Firefighter (BOF) exam. Becoming a certified firefighter will offer students a great advantage when applying for a job after graduation. For more information, visit the BOF Internship page.

  • Kim Crawford Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Kim Crawford to recognize students majoring in Fire Science/EMS at Joliet Junior College. Kim was an administrative assistant for our program and showed exemplary service to our students. This annual award shall be given to a JJC student(s) who is enrolled in their second year of Fire Science/EMS program, has a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and demonstrates financial need. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and/or books.


    • Enrollment as a second year student of the Fire Science/EMS program at Joliet Junior College.
    • 3.0 or above GPA.

    JJC Scholarships

    Illinois Fire Chiefs Scholarship