How do I become a state certified firefighter?
In order to participate in a state certified training course, you must be an employee of an organized fire department, or participate as a "pre-service" college student through a recognized Regional Training Center (RTC).
Where is the closest Regional Training Center for firefighters located?
Kalamazoo Valley Community College is the RTC for all of southwest Michigan.
How often is the FIRE 102 course offered?
Once a year. (Classes begin in September.)
How is the FIRE 102 course scheduled?
The previous academy met on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 to 10:00, and every-other Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00. The course began in September and ended in January.
How much does it cost?
Total cost for a pre-service student is approximately $2,500.
How do I become eligible to take FIRE 102?
The program has established a high standard of eligibility requirements. Interested students must contact the Fire Science Program Manager.
There are no prerequesites for the following courses:
Fire 110 - Fire Prevention
Fire 111 - Building Construction
Fire 112 - Fire Service Tactics
Fire 210 - Fire Cause Determination
Fire 211 - Instructional Techniques
Fire 212 - Incident Management
The program manager must approve all applicants for the following course:
Fire 102 - Fire Fighter I and II Fire Academy