MABAS Division 24 and Prairie State College(PSC) work together to provide entry level academy training to persons wishing to pursue a career in fire and rescue services. 

Academy training is the first step in becoming a certified firefighter.  Students enrolled in the Basic Firefighter Operation Certificate program at PSC will, upon successful completion, be eligible for employment in the fire service.  This class will also prepare students to take the Illinois Office of the State Marshal's Firefighter II certification exam. 

The terminal fire science degree at PSC is an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)  This two year program provides a good foundation  for those wishing to pursue a full-time career with a municipal fire department. Most general education credits earned in this program will transfer to a four-year university. A four-year degree often needed for advancement in today's fire service.*

For those interested a fire/rescue service career in the medical field, PSC offers the basic EMT class.  Paramedic training is available at area hospitals. Students wishing to become a paramedic must be sponsored by a fire department.

For additional information about the Fire Science program at Prairie State College, contact:

Chad Vlietsrara - PSC Fire Science Coordinator


* Before pursuing course work in anticipation of transferring credits, the student should always check with an academic counselor at the school he/she attends. Additionally, the student should check with a  counselor at the institution to which he/she wishes to transfer.