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Fire Science Technology - FAQs

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River: Public Safety Institute


What if I am EMT certified?

The Academy separates EMT from Firefighter I and II.  Therefore, if you are EMT certified you only have to attend Firefighter I and II and the Hazardous Material courses. In the full-time class, you would not need to attend most Tuesdays & Thursdays.  In the part-time class, you would not need to attend after June.

What is the age requirement for the Academy?

You must be at least 18 years of age. However, you are strongly encouraged to continue with your college career until you are 21 years old or close to 21. Most departments prefer to hire applicants who are at least 21 years of age.

What if I cannot find my birth certificate?

If you live in Jackson County, you can go to the Jackson County Health Department and they will print you out a certified birth certificate. If you live outside of Jackson County, you must apply to the state/county in which you were born.

Do I get paid to go through the Academy?

No. This is a vocational training program in which you earn 28 credit hours of college education.

Do I have to have a doctor’s physical before I start the Academy?

Yes.  You will not be allowed to start the Academy without a physical stating you are physically fit enough to participate in the Academy.

Will financial aid cover this program?

Yes, if you are eligible. The financial aid process is the same as the community college for regular college courses. Fees are due before classes begin.

Is there a payment plan?

Yes. For more information, please contact the MCC-Blue River enrollment services office at 816.604.6534, or visit their office in the Education Center building of the Blue River Independence Campus.

Where do we pay our fees?

At the MCC-Blue River enrollment services office.

Can I work while attending the Academy?

Yes, but due to the intensity of training it is not encouraged for those attending the full-time academy.

Is there homework and tests?

Yes, there is homework almost everyday and quizzes/tests 3-4 times a week.

What certifications do you offer?

We offer Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, and Basic EMT certifications.  The CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) is also included in the academy for your benefit in the hiring process.

Why do I need the Hepatitis B shot series and a current Tetanus shot and TB skin test?

These are required for the clinical training portion of the EMT certification.

What is the deadline for returning the application?

The sooner you can submit a completed packet, the better.

Do I have to complete the degree plan to become a Firefighter?

No, but it is a good idea.  Obtaining a job as a firefighter is a competitive process.  So the more education you have the more employable you are.  It will also make it easier for advancement once you are a firefighter.   

Does the MCC-Blue River Fire Academy have a job placement program?

No.  Academy training is the basic first step in preparing yourself to be hired as a firefighter.  As mentioned above, obtaining a firefighter position is very competitive.  The more education, especially continued EMT/Paramedic training, along with any experience you can obtain (as a volunteer firefighter or working as an EMT) will help you develop a stronger competitive edge for the hiring process.  We do have a job board where we post flyers sent from area departments when job openings are available. While you are in the Academy you are taught how to write resumes, do interviews and oral boards, etc for fire department employment.

What type of physical activity is involved in the Academy?

You will have PT (Physical Training) that includes running, sit-ups, push-ups, calisthenics and other aerobic exercises.  Situational training & testing includes an obstacle course that involves jumping, climbing, crawling, lifting and dragging significant weight while wearing 70-pound gear.  Other activities include being exposed to heights, confined spaces, and extreme heat (700-800 degrees) while wearing protective personal equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus (respirator) for periods of time up to 30 minutes.

What are the hours for the Academy?

The full-time academy is held in January and August, and meets M-F, 7:30am-5pm for approximately four and one-half months. The part-time academy is offered in January only, and meets three nights per week, 5:30pm-10pm and alternating Saturdays, 8am-5pm for approximately eight and one-half months.

Is a background check required for entrance into the Fire Academy?

There is not a background check requirement for the Fire Academy, but there is for the EMT course.  You will receive more information about this the first day of class.

Still have questions? Contact 816.604.6700