Fire Science

Be a hero by becoming a trained firefighter!


If you enjoy a challenge, work well on a team and want to make a difference in the community in which you live, firefighting could be the job for you! Often hailed as modern-day heroes, firefighters are usually the first ones on the scene of an emergency, whether it's a house fire, commercial building fire, car accident or natural disaster. Southeastern Illinois College's Fire Science program prepares students to work in this important field by giving them the skills they need to succeed! In 2003, the college established a Fire Science Training Center on its campus with the cooperation of the University of Illinois (U of I) Illinois Fire Science Institute (IFSI) which offers ongoing education to fire fighters across the region. Since its opening, the center has trained active firefighters in some of the most important aspects of fire operations.



For students interested in getting a jump start on their career as a firefighter, the college offers the Basic Fire Fighting certificate. This 12 credit-hour certificate takes students through the fundamentals of firefighting, including an overview of current fire science techniques, fire department organization and fire support operations. And, if students choose to pursue additional education, all of these classes can be applied toward the Public Safety Management (AAS) degree at Southeastern.


Southeastern understands that education is key to advancing one's career as a firefighter. For that reason, the college has teamed with IFSI to offer many FREE courses to firefighters, officers, rescue personnel and command staff. These classes are awarded college credit and can be applied toward the AAS degree at SIC. They are held on-site at SIC's Fire Science Training Center and include:

  • Fire Fighting Essentials (1-4)
  • Basic Rapid Intervention Team Operations
  • National Incident Management System
  • Basic Company Officer
  • Basic Engine Company Operations
  • House/Acquired Structure Burns
  • LPG Firefighting
  • Oil Well Firefighting
  • Basic Pumps and Apparatus
  • Rural Engine and Tanker Operations
  • Technical Rescue Awareness
  • Large Vehicle Rescue
  • Grain Bin Rescue
  • Anhydrous Ammonia Emergency*
  • Methamphetamine Lab Awareness
  • Fire Cause and Origin Awareness
  • Hands-on Thermal Imaging

    * course under development
 Interested students should contact our SIC Recruiters at 618-252-5400 ext. 2245 and 2325, or email

Curriculum Guide

Other important contact numbers:
Admissions Office ext. 2441
Financial Aid ext. 2452
Technology Office ext. 2301