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Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Curriculum for Firefighters National Fire Academy Certificates

WIU Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree offers firefighters enrolled in the National Fire Academy FESHE Curriculum three options for National Fire Academy certificates. To safeguard individuals' Social Security numbers (SSN), the National Fire Academy (NFA) requires that certificate applicants register for a Student Identification Number (SID). The SID number is to be used instead of the SSN on the application form. Applications for NFA certificates that do not include a SID will not be processed.

All certificates may be obtained by contacting:
School of Distance Learning, International Studies, and Outreach
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: 309/298-1929
Fax: 309/298-2226
BGS@wiu.edu

Certificate of Completion

Available to any student who successfully completes any FESHE course at Western Illinois University. These certificates are the same as those awarded for resident courses at the NFA in Emmitsburg, Maryland. An application form (pdf) for the certificate is included in the FESHE course materials and must be submitted to the course instructor or the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree Program office.

Certificate of Accomplishment

Available to any student who successfully completes the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) six course core curriculum. The six courses are listed below:

FS  481 Fire and Emergency Administration
FS  482 Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Administration
FS  483 Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services
SOC 488 Community and the Fire Threat
SOC 487 Applications of Fire Research 
FS   484 Fire Prevention Organization & Management

Certificate of Achievement

Available to any student who earns the WIU Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree and completes the seven core FESHE courses and three additional courses in one of two areas of concentration for a total of 30 semester hours of credit.

Requirements

The specific FESHE course requirements to earn the Certificate of Achievement include a total of 10 courses; the seven core courses, plus three courses from one of the two concentrations listed below:

Seven Required Core Courses Three Additional Courses (select an area of concentration)
ET 443: Fire Protection Structure & Systems Design
FS 481: Fire and Emergency Administration
FS 482: Analytic Approaches to Public Fire Protection
FS 483: Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services
FS 484: Fire Prevention Organization and Management
FS 485: Political and Legal Foundations of Fire Protection
SOC 488: Community and The Fire Threat
Fire Administration and Management Concentration
EM 477: Disaster and Fire Defense Planning
EM 478: Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials
SOC 487: Application of Fire Research

Fire Prevention Technology Concentration
ET 444 - Fire Dynamics
FS 486 – Fire Investigation and Analysis
PSY 481 - Fire-Related Human Behavior