COLLEGE OF WESTERN IDAHO
2407 Caldwell Blvd
NAMPA, IDAHO 83651
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Updated: January 06, 2020
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 required to take the National Testing Network (NTN) FireTEAM test that opens on Monday, January 6, 2020. All testing must be completed by Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Upon completing the NTN FireTEAM test, the College of Western Idaho will contact you with further details on the admission process prior to or after the closing date of March 10, 2020.
Department Overview: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 (CWI) Fire Service Technology (FST) Basic Technical Certificate (BTC) is an academy style program located at the City of Nampa Fire Training Facility in the fall semester of 2020 that is 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 are the ones who assisted CWI in the development of the curriculum and they will also provide the instruction. We hired all our instructors from the Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Meridian, Middleton, and Nampa Fire Departments. The CWI FST BTC 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 after passing the NTN FireTEAM test. 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 and it must be from an accredited program that CWI accepts for admission to CWI.
Necessary Certifications: Potential CWI FST BTC students need to complete and pass an Emergency Medical Technician program prior to August 17, 2020. Potential CWI FST BTC students must also possess and maintain a valid state or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification by August 17, 2020, unless an exception is approved by the Director of Public Safety Programs. For more information about completing the EMT program at CWI, visit http://cwi.edu/program/emergency-medical-technician-emt
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 exams. The cost for this process listed above will be paid for by the prospective student. As stated above in necessary certifications, a potential CWI FST BTC student must possess and maintain a valid state or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification by August 17, 2020, unless an exception is approved by the Director of Public Safety Programs.
Prospective students obtaining a passing score on the NTN FireTEAM test will be contacted by CWI staff before or after March 10, 2020 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 17, 2020. There is a mandatory new student orientation on July 7, 2020.
Process: The Fire Service Technology – BTC is currently eligible for Title IV funding for students to receive Federal Financial Aid.