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Macomb Community College introduces new part-time fire academy

– Wednesday, August 1, 2018 10:00AM

Deadline to register August 10

To help meet the growing need for fire safety personnel, Macomb Community College is introducing a part-time fire academy, beginning September 4. Those who want to pursue a career in fire service but who haven’t been able to commit to a full-time training schedule due to work or family obligations, can earn Firefighter I & II certification through this eight-month program, which will be meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as most Saturdays.

“There is a shortage of firefighters, not just regionally or in the State of Michigan, but nationwide,” said Chief Dan Reynolds, Armada Fire Department. “There was a time when this was an ultra-competitive position. It was a hard job to get. Now, if you have the right credentials, you can almost pick and choose where you want to work.”

Employment opportunities for graduates are projected to remain strong, with a projected growth of 6.7 percent in jobs through 2026, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.  The median entry-level salary in Michigan is $44,210.  

“A lot of people who want to get into the fire service can’t do a full-time academy because they just can’t be away from work that long,” said Tony Augugliaro, fire academy specialist, Macomb Community College. “If someone is thinking of changing careers and they want to get into the fire service, this provides them a vehicle to do that without completely leaving work. That’s impossible for a lot of people to do.”

The part-time academy is taught by the same instructors and covers the same training offered through Macomb’s full-time fire academy. The training includes the building blocks of protective equipment, engine management, water systems and other tools, as well as advanced search and rescue techniques and live fire training.

Candidates for the program must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, possess a current, valid Michigan driver’s license and have no felony convictions.  Participants must also complete a physical exam, complete a background check and drug screen, and pass the fire academy physical agility test.

The part-time academy will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and most Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning September 4 and concluding April 27, 2019. Students successfully completing the program will receive Firefighter I & II certification through the State of Michigan Fire Fighter Training Division and earn 12 credit hours that can be applied toward a fire science or paramedic/firefighter associate degree.

“Macomb is a top-notch fire academy that has a demonstrated track record of providing the industry with well-qualified candidates,” said Chief Reynolds.

Those interested must register in person prior to August 10 at Macomb Community College’s East Campus at 21901 Dunham Road in Clinton Township. The cost of the program is $3,475 plus uniform and the rental of protective equipment. Some scholarships are available. For more information, call 586-498-4020.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact:  Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271, patricks28@macomb.edu