Launch Emergency Response Technology

    Program Description

    This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level firefighter positions. Skills taught are: understanding fire chemistry, wearing personal protective clothing, identifying ropes, tying knots, using fire extinguishers, performing forcible entry, carrying and raising ladders, operating self-contained breathing apparatus, employing search and rescue techniques, working with ventilation tools, and practicing hose evolutions on an operating fire engine. Leadership and communication skills help prepare the student for future certification.

  • What will my classes be like?

    As you train to become a firefighter, you'll learn how to extinguish, confine, or escape from fire. Begin by learning fire suppression, fire chemistry, forcible entry, and search and rescue techniques. Practice what you've learned by performing drills with ropes, ladders, hoses, and a fire engine. Ride along with local fire departments to see the skills you've learned in action. Smoke the competition, become a real-life hero, and climb the ladder to success.

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    Students in this class are eligible to receive 3 college credits from the College of Lake County.

    Year 1: 

    • FST 111 - Introduction to Fire Science, 3 credits



    • AHA CPR Certification / First Aid
    • IEMA Hazmat Awareness Certification / Bloodborne Pathogens Training
    • FEMA National Incident Management System ICS-100 Certificate


    Job Opportunities

    • Career Fire Fighter
    • Contract Fire Fighter
    • Fire Chief
    • Fire Fighting Instructor
    • Fire Investigator
    • Fire Prevention Officer
    • Fire Service Officer
    • Industrial Fire Fighter
    • Paid-On-Call Fire Fighter
    • Senior Fire Service Officer
    • Specialty Certifications
    • Volunteer Fire Fighter