Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars. Fire fighters help protect the public by responding to fires and other crisis situations. Although they put out fires, fire fighters more frequently respond to other kinds of emergencies. They are often the first to arrive at the scene of a traffic accident or medical call, and regularly need to treat injuries. At MCC-Blue River's Public Safety Institute, you can complete an A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology or go through our Fire Academy Certification program.
- Municipal and Private Fire Suppression
- Emergency Preparedness
- Emergency Medicine (hospitals, ambulance)
- Fire Investigations
- State and Federal Emergency Management
- Fire Protection Industry
- Fire Education/Instruction
As part of the Fire Academy curriculum, each of our recruits completes the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Recruits may also take the B-5 Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) from IPMA-HR (International Public Management Association for Human Resources) Assessment Services at a discounted price through the MCC-Blue River Testing Center. To schedule an FSEE, please call the Testing Center at 816.604.6434.
All applicants must meet the following MCC prerequisite guidelines before obtaining a Fire Academy application packet:
- Must be at least 18 years of age (NOTE: Most Fire Departments require you to be at least 21 prior to hiring);
- Must have graduated from high school or have a GED with transcripts;
- Must have an active MCC student ID number. If you do not have one, apply to MCC;
- Must complete placement test unless a college-level English course has been satisfactorily
completed. Students must place into the following areas or successfully complete the
required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:
- Reading - READ 100 or higher
- English - ENGL 101
- Any writing or reading deficiency must be remediated prior to Academy enrollment.