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Ignite Your Fire Science Career

The Entry-level Firefighter curriculum provides the skills sought by entry-level firefighters. Recent high school graduates or volunteers can use this program to improve their employment prospects in this profession.

You can start your classes in any semester — August, January or even May. Our program features some evening and online classes.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Entry-Level Firefighter program will be able to:

  • Describe the history, components, and development of fire and emergency services.
  • Demonstrate basic firefighting and emergency medical technician knowledge and skills.
  • Understand and interpret the fundamental theories of fire behavior, combustion, and extinguishment.
  • Select strategies and implement appropriate tactics for various emergency situations.
  • Relate building construction to firefighting strategy and tactics, firefighter safety and survival, fire prevention, building codes, and code inspection.
  • Understand the organizational structure of the fire service and the intent and purpose of the incident command system.
  • Relate various types of fire detection and suppression systems to their use.
  • Evaluate concepts of risk management and survival in the fire service.
  • Examine properties and basic chemistry principles of hazardous materials.
  • Employ professional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

Learn more about the Entry-level Firefighter program and it’s specific admissions requirements through an online program conference.

Program Requirements

To get into the Entry-level Firefighter program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • EMT (State and National)
  • National Career Readiness Certificate

Many students transfer into either fire program with some or even nearly all of their general education requirements (e.g. Composition, Psychology, Management, etc.) completed.

Your advisor can tell you how your courses will transfer into either program.

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency medical technician

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Successful completion of this program qualifies you to test for licensure and/or certification in any state in the U.S.

To prepare students for the position of entry-level firefighter through accessible, quality education and training, and to promote the value of lifelong learning.


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