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SWIC Fire Science program receives international accreditation

The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress recently gave its seal of approval to four Southwestern Illinois College Fire Science program certificates.

The agency notified SWIC that it was extending its accreditation to the program’s Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Service Instructor II, Fire Officer I and Fire Officer II certificates. The Fire Fighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations certificates have been accredited by the agency since October 2014.

“This accreditation means we’re meeting the highest standards for fire science education,” said SWIC Fire Science Program Coordinator Lee Smith. “Students and local fire departments know they are getting quality education and training from SWIC.”

IFSAC, founded in 1990, is a nonprofit, peer-driven, self-governing system of fire service-certifying entities and higher education fire-related degree programs. Its mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered international accreditation system.

The SWIC Fire Science program includes a two-year, 66-semester-credit Associate in Applied Science Degree curriculum with Fire-Rescue Specialist or Fire Protection Administration options. The program also offers 12 certificates, which are only open to active fire department members, rescue team members or emergency medical service providers. These programs are designed to meet various national fire-service-training standards and lead to certification by the Illinois State Fire Marshal.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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