COLLEGE OF WESTERN IDAHO
1360 S. EAGLE FLIGHT WAY
BOISE, IDAHO 83709
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Updated: March 18, 2019
Job Classification: Students that have an interest in Fire Service Technology
There is a newly revamped Fire Service Technology program and certificate at the College of Western Idaho. Interested students are encouraged to take the National Testing Network (NTN) Fire test that opens on March 15, 2019. All testing must be completed by April 30, 2019. Upon completing the NTN test, the College of Western Idaho will contact you with further details after the closing date of April 30, 2019.
Are you interested in becoming a full-time or volunteer firefighter or looking to formalize your structural fire training toward a degree? The College of Western Idaho’s Basic Technical Certificate (BTC) in Fire Service Technology is an academy style program designed to be completed in one semester and prepares students for opportunities as a full-time or volunteer firefighter. The curriculum is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) requirements. The local fire department trainers and command staff who assisted in the development of the curriculum will also provide the instruction. The academy focuses on teaching students to analyze and solve problems in firefighting based on real-world situations and scenarios. Students will be presented with the highest level of classroom instruction, hands-on demonstrations, and will participate in live burns. In addition, students will enroll in a co-requisite physical fitness course designed specifically for firefighters.
The CWI Fire Service Technology BTC program requires a separate application. Upon satisfactory completion of the Basic Technical Certificate program, students are afforded an opportunity to take the Fire Fighter 1 testing, proctored by Idaho Fire Science Technology.
Note: Registrations for Fire Service Technology courses are restricted to students within the program.
Area Information: Southwest Idaho
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Necessary Certifications: Interested students need to complete an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. For more information about completing the EMT program at CWI, visit www.cwidaho.cc/program/EMT. Interested students must possess and maintain a valid state or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification, unless an exception is approved by the Director of Public Safety Programs.
Additional Requirements: Prospective students must complete a criminal background check; CWI Fire Service Technology BTC application; CWI Math and English placement test; an oral board interview; and medical/vision fitness exam. The cost for this process listed above will be paid for by the prospective student.
Prospective students obtaining a passing score on the NTN test will be contacted by CWI staff after April 30, 2019 in order to complete a pre-application for the program and be given a timeline for completing the other required paperwork/processes needed to start the academy on August 19, 2019. There is a mandatory new student orientation in July.
Process: The Fire Service Technology – BTC is currently not eligible for Title IV funding for students to receive Federal Financial Aid. The College of Western Idaho will be submitting the appropriate applications to the United States Department of Education for final determination of Title IV eligibility.