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Fire Science FAQs

What does the Fire Science program entail?

The Fire Science Program consists of 10 classes. Five classes are offered during the Fall Semester, five during the Winter Semester. These 10 classes, coupled with the Arts and Science component, results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science (two-year degree). Some students choose to pursue a Certificate of Fire Science (completion of the 10 core Fire Science classes) rather than the two-year degree.

How do I get started in the program?

The Fire Science program is open enrollment, which means you register for classes the same way you would for other college courses. There are no pre- or co-requisites.

Where can I take the classes?

All Fire Science courses are available online.

When do the classes start?

Fire Science courses are offered during the Fall and Winter Semesters. Registration for the Fall Semester begins in July, with classes starting in mid-August. Registration for the Winter Semester begins in November, with classes starting in early January.

What classes are offered each semester?

Fall Semester: FIRE 1000, FIRE 1180, FIRE 1280, FIRE 2130, FIRE 2300
Winter Semester: FIRE 1010, FIRE 1190, FIRE 1290, FIRE 2410, FIRE 2510

Do I have to take the courses in any particular order?

No, courses can be taken in any order you choose. Keep in mind that each course is only offered once per year (see above).

What degrees does Macomb offer for firefighters and/or potential firefighters?

Macomb offers the following Associate Degrees:

  1. Fire Science - requires the completion of the 10 core Fire Science Courses, Basic EMT courses, and the Arts and Sciences component.
  2. Fire Science with Fire Academy - requires the completion of the 10 core Fire Science Courses, the Fire Academy, and the Arts and Sciences component.
  3. Paramedic/Firefighter Specialty – requires completion of the Fire Academy, Basic EMT and Paramedic courses, and the Arts and Sciences component.
  4. Emergency Medical Services/EMT-Paramedic - requires completion of Basic EMT and Paramedic courses, and completion of the Arts and Sciences component.

Why does Macomb offer four different degrees?

Macomb offers different degrees to meet the needs of our students. For instance, some students desire a career in the Fire Service but have no interest in EMS. Those students are best served by the Fire Science with Fire Academy degree.

Do I have to take the secondary component of the Fire Science degree (EMT, Fire Academy) at Macomb if I have already taken it elsewhere?

No. You need only provide proof of your certification (Paramedic, EMT, FFII) when you are ready to apply for your degree. Upon receipt of proof of certification, those courses will be waived.

I am an active firefighter and have extensive fire service training. Can I get credit for the training I have received while “on the job”?

Macomb offers “Credit for Prior Learning” for several different State, National Fire Academy, NFPA and ICC certifications. This credit is offered as “equivalency credit.” In other words, your certification is accepted as being equivalent to a particular Fire Science course.

Is there a fee associated with waiver of courses or equivalency credit as outlined above?


Fire Academy FAQs

Who can attend?

Students must be at least 18 years of age at the start of class and in good physical condition. All participants must successfully complete an agility test, which is scheduled approximately one month prior to the start of the Fire Academy. Detailed information on the agility test is received at registration.

How do I register?

Students must register in person at the Fire Academy administrative offices located at the south entrance of East Campus. Registration opens about three months prior to the start of the Academy.

What do I need to bring with me to registration?

Bring a valid driver’s license and a copy of your high school diploma. A $500 deposit is also required at time of registration. Check, credit card, debit card, and money orders are accepted.

When is the Academy offered?

Currently Macomb Community College offers two full-time Fire Academies each year. The fall Academy begins the first Tuesday in September; the spring Academy starts the first Monday in March.

How long is the Academy?

Fire Academy students meet 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday for nine weeks. Students must be flexible in their schedules, as some Fire Academy drill days may run as late as 5 – 6 pm.

Will I receive certification?

Upon graduation from the Fire Academy, students will receive Fire Fighter I & II certification with the State of Michigan Bureau of Fire Services. This certification is a requirement to become a firefighter in Michigan.

Do I need to be an EMT or Paramedic?

Municipalities vary in their requirements beyond Fire Fighter I & II certification, but generally speaking, fire departments in this region require at a very minimum additional certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and most fire departments require certification as a Paramedic (AEMT or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician).

Do I need to be a former student at Macomb?

Students do not need to be a former Macomb Community College student to register with the Fire Academy.

Do I need to have any prior training?

Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. No prior training is required.