Sauk Valley Community College recently received approval to offer a two year associate’s degree in fire science as well as numerous fire science certificates. The program is a collaborated effort of local fire departments and Sauk Valley Community College.
“Without the support and donations of the departments, the program would not be able to function,” said Jeff Bryant, Sr., coordinator of fire science program and Amboy Fire Department assistant chief. Bryant along with others have given their time and manpower to help build this program for current and future individuals interested in fire science to receive the education they need to succeed.
The curriculum for the program had input from members several departments including Amboy, Sterling, Princeton and Dixon City departments. “Our program was developed by local departments and will be taught by local departments,” Bryant stated. “Our instructors are area firefighters wanting to share their experience and expertise as well as gain experience by being involved with the program and its students.”
Support is abundant as members from departments such as Dixon Rural Fire Department and Amboy have helped with the needs to prepare the new fire science building (the T2 building on the west side of campus) and the grounds. Donations, including fire engines and involvement with two live fire training simulators, have also helped this program to be labeled state-of-the-art. Bryant ended by saying, “This is something that we are all happy about. It is a program that has great involvement between the College and our local departments which will guarantee the future of its success.”
The program will educate and train firefighters for the local communities as well as make opportunities available for current firefighters to receive certifications to advance in the field.
Sauk Valley Community College is grateful for the support it has received to offer this program. To be able to collaborate and work with dedicated individuals is an honor. Departments and businesses to thank include: Air One Equipment, Amboy Fire Protection District, Bartlett-Countryside Fire Protection District, Bettendorf Fire Department, Blackhawk Firefighter Association, Brad’s Tree Service, Chadwick Fire Protection District, Dixon City Fire Department, Dixon Rural Fire Protection District, Erie Fire Protection District, Harvard Community Fire Protection District, Illinois Fire Store, Morrison Fire Department, Princeton Fire Department, Rock Falls Fire Department, Scales Mound Fire Department, Spring Grove Fire Protection District, Sterling Fire Department, Stillman Fire Protection District, Sublette Fire Department and West Brooklyn Fire Protection District.