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Are you interested in becoming a full-time or volunteer firefighter or looking to formalize your structural fire training toward a degree? The College of Western Idaho’s Basic Technical Certificate in Fire Service Technology is an academy style program designed to be completed in one semester and prepares students for opportunities as a full-time or volunteer firefighter. The curriculum is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) requirements. The local fire department trainers and command staff who assisted in the development of the curriculum will also provide the instruction. The academy focuses on teaching students to analyze and solve problems in firefighting based on real-world situations and scenarios. Students will be presented with the highest level of classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, and will participate in live burns. In addition, students will enroll in a co-requisite physical fitness course designed specifically for firefighters.
The CWI Fire Service Technology program requires a separate application. Upon satisfactory completion of the Basic Technical Certificate program, students are afforded an opportunity to take the Fire Fighter 1 testing, proctored by Idaho Fire Science Technology.
Note: Registrations for Fire Service Technology courses are restricted to students within the major.
Degrees and Certificates
Fire Service Technology (FIRE)
FIRE 101 Fire Fighter 1
(12 Credits, Fall)
This course is based on the current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001: Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications and may lead to International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certification. It is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to function as an integral member of a firefighting team under direct or general supervision in hazardous conditions. A combination of classroom study, drills, field practice, and training evolutions will prepare students to perform most fire ground functions under the supervision of an officer or experienced firefighter. Successful completion of all written exams, practical exercises, and a passing score on the state certification exam is required for IFSAC certification. PREREQ: Admission to the Fire Service Technology program. COREQ: FIRE 110.
FIRE 110 Physical Fitness for Firefighters
(1 Credit, Fall)
This course prepares students for the physical fitness requirements that must be met in order to pass the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). It will also teach students about the importance physical fitness for firefighters. The physical training in this course focuses on the aerobic conditioning, strength training, and bio-mechanical knowledge needed for a healthy career as a firefighter. Students will learn the skills necessary to successfully complete the CPAT, which is required by fire departments for hiring, and to meet the minimum standards for candidate firefighters put forth by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582. This course may be repeated three times for a maximum of three credits. (Pass/No Pass) COREQ: FIRE 101 or PERM/INST.