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College Catalog 2020-2021 
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Fire Academy, Skill Specific Certificate

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Degree & Certificate Requirements  
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Suggested sequence (may be modified to meet your needs):

Credit Hours Required: 15

Fire & Emergency Medical Services Technology - Additional Program Information

Program Options
Credential Title Credit Hours Required Notes
Associate of Applied Science   Fire & Emergency Medical Services Technology 66  
Certificate   Fire Science 24  
Skill Specific Certificate   Fire Academy   15  


Contact Information
Contact Title Name Phone E-mail Location
Professor Kenneth Staelgraeve 586.226.4991 East Campus

Program Description:

The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology AAS Degree program is designed to prepare individuals for entry or advancement in fire and emergency services and/or a related field (fire administrators, fire inspectors and/or investigators, and fire protection systems technicians) by providing them with knowledge of the fire protection and suppression profession and giving them the general education necessary to function and advance in one of these professions. Student successfully completing this degree program can earn required state and national certifications necessary for securing employment with fire departments and emergency medical services agencies.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for firefighter hiring.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, appraise and evaluate fire and emergency incidents and identify components of emergency management and fire fighter safety.
  3. Identify and comprehend laws, regulations, codes and standards that influence fire department operations and identify regulatory and advisory organizations that create and mandate them, especially in the areas of fire prevention, building codes and ordinances.
  4. Analyze the causes of fire, determine extinguishing agents and methods, differentiate the stages of the fire and fire development, and compare methods of heat transfer.
  5. Identify and describe common types of building construction and conditions associated with structural collapse and firefighter safety.
  6. Differentiate between fire detection and fire suppression systems
  7. Demonstrate competence in the assessment of a trauma and medical patient.
  8. Demonstrate competence in the management of a trauma and medical patient.
  9. Execute basic firefighting tactics described in NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II.
  10. Explain the National Incident Management System and the role of the All Hazard Approach in emergency response planning based on the criteria provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

Requirements & Specific Information:

A student may be awarded credit if they have a current license as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or Paramedic (issued by the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services-Division of Emergency Medical Services). Credit may be awarded for certification as a Fire Inspector and/or Fire Investigator.


The Macomb Community College Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology AAS Degree program has received international accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. The IFSAC Degree Assembly is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a programmatic accreditor of fire and emergency related degree programs. Accreditation is granted only after an integral self-study is conducted by the entity or institution seeking accreditation, followed by an on-site review by a panel consisting of peer representatives from other member entities or institutions.

Career Opportunities:

Transfer Pathways:

Students intending to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree need to make early decisions concerning an academic major and a transfer destination. Statistics show that students who make these decisions early are more likely to persist to graduation than their undecided counterparts. Students planning to transfer credits earned at Macomb are strongly urged to see a counselor or academic advisor as early as possible in their college careers.