• Fire Service Preparation

    Interested in serving your community through a career in fire service? M State’s training prepares you to meet national and Minnesota state minimum qualifications.


Fire Service Preparation

Our 30-credit Fire Service Preparation certificate program encompasses entry-level requirements for firefighters in Minnesota and throughout the nation. You'll benefit from technical hands-on training in basic firefighting skills, and your training will ensure you're familiar with all entry-level aspects of fire service.

When you've completed the program, you'll be able to meet national testing requirements for emergency medical technician, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and ProBoard.

You'll be eligible to the State of Minnesota firefighter license after employment with a career fire department.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Safe response to emergency incidents
  • Proper use of fire department communication equipment
  • Proper ventilation techniques
  • Extinguishing methods for various classes of fires
  • Effects of building construction features on firefighting activities
  • Techniques for rescuing individuals from vehicles, collapsed structures and confined spaces
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment
  • Decontamination techniques for emergency personnel, victims and equipment
  • Basic lifesaving skills
  • Proper procedures during a commercial inspection
  • Researching fire codes and fire statistics
  • Preservation of evidence after a fire to aid in an investigation
  • Basic components of fire detection and fire suppression systems
  • Competencies related to written exams, physical agility tests and verbal interviews
  • Identification of hazardous materials


Why M State

  • M State is an exceptional educational value
  • Students train in real-life situations
  • Small class sizes mean personalized instruction

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Fire Service Preparation Certificate
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Rick Loveland
Instructor - Fire Service Preparation
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Municipal Firefighter wage

Municipal Firefighter wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Fire Service Preparation program will have employment opportunities as Municipal Firefighters.

Description: Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

For more information visit Career Coach.

Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach


Municipal Firefighter employment

Employed in your area
Estimated annual job openings
Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Municipal Firefighters in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers* Bar Charts
under 25 44 10%
25-34 122 27%
35-44 125 28%
45-54 106 24%
55-64 42 9%
65+ 5 1%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required Fire Service Preparation courses

  • Introduction to Fire Service
  • Firefighter I and II
  • Firefighter I and II Skills
  • Technical Rescue
  • Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement
  • HazMat Operational
  • Building Construction
  • EMT Basic

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:40am