Competition is big for future firefighters looking for a career, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Students who receive a degree in fire science are more likely to obtain a career in the field and/or advance in their current position. Here is an insider's perspective about the career field and earning a degree in fire science.
Register Now for Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II Programs!
Further advance your career and gain a competitive edge in the job market through advanced curriculum and real-life field skills training. These courses, offered by the Romeoville Fire Academy, can transfer seamlessly into the Fire Science Associate's degree offered at Rasmussen College.
Courses offered include: Instructor I & II; Tactics & Strategy I & II; Fire Prevention Principles; Management & Leadership I, II, III & IV. These core courses are only offered twice per year and space is limited. For a full list of courses, click here.
Help Advance Your Career - Earn a Fire Science Degree!
Rasmussen College and Romeoville Fire Academy are partners in your education! As a current or former student of the Academy, you can earn your Fire Science Associate's degree from Rasmussen College to help advance your career and receive higher education benefits, including:
Through the Fire Science Associate's degree at Rasmussen College, in as little as six quarters, you can complete the academic requirements to become Illinois Fire Services Instructors, as well as the coursework required by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association to earn certifications as a Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II.
Apply now to begin classes in February! Visit www.rasmussen.edu/firescience for more information.
Over 20 training classes including those as indicated below are approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for the enrollment of qualified veterans and/or other eligible persons to receive Montgomery GI Bill education benefits.
January 18, 2013 and February 9, 2013
Course Fee: $150.00
The Surface Ice Rescue program prepares first responders from all public safety disciplines to respond and carry out surface ice rescues. This class introduces students to topics including ice formation and hazards, equipment selection, medical considerations, and the application of proven rescue methods and techniques. This is a surface rescue program and does not involve ice diving. This course will qualify for the OSFM Ice Technician certification.
January 21-25, 2013
Course Fee: $325.00
Instructor I is the base course for any student aspiring to be an instructor in the fire service, whether it be instructing drills at their home department or as an assistant instructor in OSFM certification programs. This course encompasses concepts in fire service instructional activities, NFPA instructor professional qualifications, instructor terminology, positive and negative teaching methods, laws and policies affecting training programs, OSFM training forms, and much more! It is a course no instructor should be without! The state exam will be given at the end of the course. This course may qualify for college credit from Rasmussen College.
February 4 - March 29, 2013 (Daytime)
Course Fee: $2,900.00
The RFA is proud to offer our entry-level firefighter certification. This program will cover all the cognitive objectives in all three modules of the new OSFM B.O.F. curriculum, as well as performing and testing on all practical hands-on skills, including extensive live-fire evolutions. Students will receive repetitive practice, review, and testing on all aspects of the program. Students will also be expected to participate in daily physical fitness training to ensure peak performance. By graduation students will have taken the state exam and completed all required practical evolutions. The program will also include Hazardous Materials Operations, Technical Rescue Awareness, CPR certification, Fire Service Vehicle Operator, Courage to be Safe, and NIMS IC 100 & 700. All respective state exams will be given during the course of the Academy. Daytime Academies are Mon. thru Fri. 8 am-5 pm & Evening Academies are every Tues & Wed nights 6 pm-10 pm AND every Sat. 8 am-5 pm
February 4-8, 2013
Course Fee: $335.00
The Tactics & Strategy I course is a Fire Officer I level course that explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. This course also introduces basic principles and methods associated with fireground tactics and strategy as required of the company officer. Emphasis in the element of size-up, fireground operations, pre-fire planning, as well as basic engine and truck company operations on the fire scene. It is a class no company officer, or those that aspire to become one, should be without! The state exam will be given at the end of the course.
February 25-March 1, 2013
Course Fee: $325.00
Management / Leadership I is a Fire Officer I level course that introduces the student to the organization and management of a fire department and the relationship of government agencies to the fire service. Emphasis is concentrated on fire service leadership from the perspective of the company officer. The state exam will be given at the end of the course.
* Management / Leadership I and II may be taken in any order, but it is preferred that I is taken before II.
February 11-15, 2013
Course Fee: $325.00
Management / Leadership III is a Fire Officer II level course that applies the concepts of the fire officer's role as a manager of resources, finances, budget preparation, and administration. This course will also cover the functions of the fire officer in the areas of human resource development, emergency service finance, and evaluation of personnel performance. The state exam will be given at the end of the course.
* Management / Leadership III and IV may be taken in any order, but it is preferred that III is taken before IV.
For questions, contact Academy Secretary, Diane Donegan at (815) 372-4042 or Click Here to Email.
*Approved by the Illinois State Approving Agency for the enrollment of qualified veterans and/or other eligible persons to receive Montgomery GI Bill education benefits.