The certificate program offers a low-cost, quick path into firefighting jobs.
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) will host the first-ever Summer Fire Academy for Iowans with little or no background in firefighting. Upon completion, graduates of the DMACC Summer Fire Academy will have all the training necessary for a full-time position.
“This is a very unique opportunity for Iowans interested in a career change that offers many personal and professional rewards,” said T.J. Carroll, administrator of the DMACC Summer Fire Academy and Coordinator of DMACC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMT) program. “This is an intensive, three-month program with many hands-on activities. Upon completion, students will test to receive Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Haz Mat Ops certification.
A few of the Academy activities will include:
- Vehicle extraction
- Fire suppression techniques
- Search and rescue
- An introduction and use of firefighting tools
- Live burn experiences
- Ladder placement
- Structure ventilation techniques
“DMACC’s Summer Fire Academy offers students a comprehensive education with an affordable price tag on their path to become members of the fire service,” said Jerry Holt, Urbandale Fire Chief.
Carroll said starting pay for firefighters in Iowa is $45,000 - $60,000 and can go much higher in communities across the nation.
The Summer Fire Academy will take place in Building 20 on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Classes start on May 15 and run Monday and Thursday, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., through August 21.
The cost is $2,499. Grants are available for current volunteer firefighters and payment plans can be set up for anyone interested in this program. The DMACC Summer Fire Academy will accept 20 students in this class. Participants must be registered by Monday, May 8. For more information contact April Soden at 964-6849.
For those interested in a public service career but can’t attend this summer’s Academy, DMACC’s Fire Science, Paramedic/EMT and Criminal Justice programs are all accepting applications for fall classes that start on August 24.