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A trial by fire at LCC West Campus

A trial by fire at LCC West Campus

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

Students dressed in full firefighting attire took part in vigorous simulations at LCC’s West Campus Oct. 22 for their certification training in the Fire Science program.

According to Fire Academy Coordinator Jeffrey Huber, LCC is one of only 16 schools in the state offering a Fire Science certification program.

Huber talked about the academics that apply to the program inside and outside the classroom.

“Students attend classes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The first hour is physical fitness and conditioning, then they spend four hours in the actual program,” Huber said.

“They spend a month in the classroom, where they do safety, orientation, building construction and learning about hazardous material before they go out and do the physical stuff.”

Demonstrations on Oct. 22 included lifting and carrying live “victims” downs stairs, as well as roof ventilation – climbing a ladder and chain-sawing through a simulated roof.

Each group chooses a captain at the beginning of the semester who they believe has the right qualifications to serve as a leader and motivator for their group.

LCC Fire Science Captain Matt Hatala spoke about how he physically prepares himself before these exercises.

“We work out every morning,” Hatala said. “That’s where our physical conditioning comes; getting the gear, doing the motions that we are going to do every day out there.

“The instructors do a good job of setting us up to where we need to be,” Hatala said.

The certification training in the classroom is also quite vigorous. In order to become certified, students must complete a midterm and four final exams, covering both hands-on practical skills and course reading material.

On top of that, students must also pass a national certification final.

The Fire Science program offers opportunities to acquire several degrees, including Fire Science EMT and Fire Science Technology.

The program also has a working relationship with colleges Lake Superior State and Oklahoma State for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this field.

Student who believe they have the mettle and tenacity to pursue a career in the Fire Science program can find more information at


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