Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Fire Science

Program Introduction

Program Mission

The WIU Fire Protection Services Program is dedicated to preparing its students to meet the difficult challenges facing firefighters and fire service administrators in the delivery public safety services.  In support of this mission the Fire Protection Services Program is founded on three strategic objectives:

  • The delivery of an academically rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • Prepare future firefighters for successful careers in the fire service.
  • Prepare current firefighters for senior leadership positions.

Program Overview

The WIU Fire Protection Services Program features a comprehensive major with two separate and unique study options. The Fire Administration program is delivered online and  designed for working firefighters seeking promotion to senior leadership positions. The Fire Science Option, with classes delivered on-campus in a traditional setting, is ideally suited for students  preparing for a career in the fire service.  A fire minor program is associated with each of these two Options.

Why enroll in Fire Protection Services at WIU?

HistoryOur History: 
Western Illinois University has a history of fire service education spanning more than thirty years.

Many leaders in the Fire Service are alumni of our program and are quick to attribute their career success to their degree at WIU.  

fireOur Program: 

Our curriculum was written by firefighters for firefighters. It is based on national standards and addresses the real  challenges faced by the fire service each day. Ours is a rigorous program which not only confers a degree, but also delivers the education necessary for success in the Fire Service.

facultyOur Faculty: 

Our “fire” faculty are retired or current firefighters strongly committed to the success of their students. All are former chief officers who have successfully blended education with real world experience.  You will learn from teachers who have “been there and done that” and have the teaching skills to relate material to students in a meaningful way.

Fire Administration Option

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services Administration option is designed for current firefighters and officers preparing for leadership positions in the fire service.  In order to accommodate time and distance demands the program is delivered on line.  

Attaining a chief officers position is difficult. Competition is fierce and the testing procedure is exhaustive. More demanding yet are the responsibilities and duties of a chief fire officer. The last 25 years have seen remarkable changes in the fire service. Advances in technology, increasing service demands, declining revenues, expanding government regulations, and an increasingly diverse workforce have conspired to transform the role of the 21st century chief officer. Training and experience are valuable tools in career development however; in order to compete and succeed as a leader in the modern fire service you need an education!

 Program requirements

120 semester hours are required for the B.S. degree in Fire Services Administration, including 43 hours of general education credits.  Of those 120 total semester hours, 60  must be from a four-year college or university; and at least 42 must be earned in upper division courses.  A minimum of 30 hours must be taken from WIU.  The Fire Administration option requires 48 hours in the discipline.

Program content

The Fire Administration curriculum  places focus on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage and lead a modern fire department.  Foundation courses focus on introductions to the fire service, firefighter safety, fire tactics, fire prevention, ethics and fire service law.  Specialty courses focus on fire service management, financial practices, leadership,  disaster planning, research techniques, human behavior, collective bargaining, code enforcement, suppression systems. (see course catalog for complete course listings)

Fire Administration Curriculum
Core Courses Option Courses  Directed Electives  Open Electives
18 Semester Hours 24 semester Hours 6 Semester Hours 29 Semester Hours

FS 210
FS 211
FS 212
FS 301
FS 345
FS 485

FS 481
FS 482
FS 483
SOC 487
SOC 488
EM 477
EM 478
PSY 481

 

HRM 353
HRM 443
POLS 300
POLS 302
FS 486
FS 484
MET 443
MET 444
LEJA 331
HS 400
EM 461

 

 Optional Minor or
discretionary classes

 

Fire Administration Minor

The Fire Administration minor is designed  to support students in the  Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Fire program.  It  is an 18 semester hour program delivered online.  Courses focus on Human Resource (HR) requirements for the fire service, fire administration, ethics, firefighter safety, fire service law, and research.

Fire Science Option

The Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Services Fire Science option is designed for students preparing for a career in the fire service.  Courses are delivered on campus in a traditional classroom setting.  Perhaps no career is more rewarding or respected than that of the firefighter. The job is demanding both physically and mentally, yet firefighters go home after each shift knowing they have made a difference in the lives of their neighbors. Careers in the Fire Service also provide: stable employment, relatively good pay, benefits and the opportunity for advancement. The firefighter meets new challenges almost every day. The last 20 years have seen significant changes in service demands, technology and non-emergent responsibilities. More than ever a quality education is necessary for a successful career in this dynamic and exciting field.  The WIU Fire Protection Services Program will prepare students for:

  • Advancement to senior leadership positions in the fire service
  • Competition for entry level firefighter positions
  • Careers in related fields such as:  Arson Investigation, Fire Inspection and Industrial  Safety

Program Requirements

120 semester hours are required, including 43 hours of general education credits.  Of those 120 semester hours, 60  must be from a four-year college or university; and at least 42 must be earned in upper division courses.  A minimum of 30 hours must be taken from WIU.  The Fire Science option requires 50 hours in the discipline.

Program Content

The Fire Science curriculum places focus on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully acquire and succeed in a fire service career.  Foundational courses focus on introductions to the fire service, firefighter safety, fire tactics, fire prevention, ethics and fire service law.  Specialty courses focus on fire dynamics, arson investigation, code enforcement and emergency medical services (see course catalog for complete course listings).  The program also utilizes a significant internship program with a career fire department.

Fire Science Curriculum
Core Courses Option Courses Electives
 18 Semester Hours  32 semester Hours  29 Semester Hours

FS 210
FS 211
FS 212
FS 301
FS 345
FS 485

EM351
EM 352
LEJA 331
MET 444
FS 486
FS 484
FS490
FS491

 

Optional Minor or

discretionary hours

 

 

Fire Science Minor

The Fire Science minor is designed as an supplementary study discipline for majors in fields related to emergency service. Courses focus on a general introduction to the fire service; including fire prevention, fire safety, arson investigation and suppression systems.

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Fire Club News - 

  • ..The Fire protection Studies Club meets every other Tuesday and all are welcome to attend. Meeting are held in Stipes hall at 6;30pm.
  • ..Contact either professor Walker or Swanson for further details .

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