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Fire Suppression

Start on your path to becoming a firefighter with Chemeketa's two-year fire suppression degree.

Potential Salary$60,000

topics Social Service

Skills & InterestWorking with your hands

CareersSocial Sciences

  • Four student firefighters practice putting out a fire

Why choose program or class?

In addition to classroom and lab work, you'll get on-the-job training through 24-hour shifts as part of Chemeketa's on-campus fire department that serves as a back-up to other local fire departments and fire districts.

The Fire Suppression degree program can be coordinated with the Emergency Medical Technology or Paramedic programs so that both degrees can be earned in less than three years. The program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits, so call 503.399.5163 for more details.

Chemeketa's Fire programs are accredited through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

 

What will you learn?

As part of the Fire Suppression degree program, you will learn basic emergency medical technology skills, the ins and outs of fire behavior, how to control it, and how to operate the tools of the trade from fire hydrants and hoses to driving fire department vehicles.

What will you do?

Through a combination of classroom, lab and hands-on training, you will learn to –

  • Exhibit safety practices as a response team member when engaged in training or emergency response activities
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communications skills in both emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Explain effective risk reduction activities through accurate hazard identification and public education activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with a diversity of colleagues in order to accomplish the goals of the organization and successfully participate in the daily operations of a fire station
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to function as an EMT basic, firefighter I, driver and pumper operator

Upon completion, you will be on your way to starting your career as a firefighter anywhere in Oregon.

  • Fire Suppression Associate of Applied Science
    • Exhibit safety practices as a response team member when engaged in training or emergency response activities
    • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communications skills in both emergency and non-emergency situations
    • Explain effective risk reduction activities through accurate hazard identification and public education activities
    • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with a diversity of colleagues in order to accomplish the goals of the organization and successfully participate in the daily operations of a fire station
    • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to function as an EMT Basic, firefighter I, driver and pumper operator

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Fire Suppression Results

    Fire Suppression Option

  • FIRE SERVICE SUPERVISION & MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE

    The Fire Service Supervision and Management certificate is designed to prepare current firefighters for promotion to officer positions.

    You will learn valuable leadership and communication skills that you can rely on whether you're on the scene of a three-alarm blaze or managing the day-to-day operations at a fire department.

    To be admitted to the certificate program, you must be certified as Firefighter 1 (or equivalent) and actively be pursuing Firefighter 2 or have an associate degree in fire protection or possess professional certificates and have experience or equivalent credentials in fire prevention, fire training, or public fire education.

    You must also be interviewed by the program chair Bill Klein and have your training, education, and experience evaluated. Upon completion of the admittance process, an individualized program of study will be developed for you. The certificate can be completed in less than a year.

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Please contact Bill Klein or Chris Riffle for more information on this certificate.

    Bill Klein, 503.399.6240   
    Email 

    Chris Riffle, 503.399.5218   
    Email 

  • PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION
    Information Sessions for Winter 2019

    Friday, June 8, 2018 or Friday, August 17, 2018

    Fire Suppression Information Packet - Winter 2019

    Fire Protection Technology - Winter 2019 Suppression Program Application

     

     

  • DISTANCE EDUCATION

    Distance education courses are available for active fire service professionals looking to earn college credits or update their training. Distance education may lead to associate of applied science degrees in fire suppression through a combination of –

    • transferring credits you've earned from other accredited colleges
    • earning college credits for prior learning and professional certifications
    • online courses
    • independent study courses
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK & DRUG TESTING

    Upon entry into this program, you will be required to pass a criminal background check and pass a ten-panel drug screening urinalysis conducted by a college-approved vendor. If you do not pass the criminal background check and/or the drug screening, program registration will not be possible. If you are arrested during the time you are enrolled in the program, you must notify the Fire Program Chair of the arrest. Your status in the program will be reviewed by the Fire Program Chair and the Dean of Emergency Services. A possible outcome of the review may be that you are unable to continue in the program. 

    Disqualifying Crimes

    For more information call the Fire Program Chair, Bill Klein at 503.399.6240.