Duane Stonich
Department Chair, Health and Public Services
Office: U-1002 N
Email: dstonich@jjc.edu

Charlotte Garrabrant
Professor/Coordinator of EMS
Office: U-1002 M
Email: cclark@jjc.edu

Audrey Finkel
Assistant Professor Emergency Services
Office: U-1002 K
Email: afinkel@jjc.edu

John Ross
Fire Science Coordinator
Office: U-1002 L
Email: jross@jjc.edu

Courtney DeBoer
Secretary, Health and Public Services
Office: U-1002 J
Email: cdeboer@jjc.edu
Phone: (815) 280-2356

Emergency Services / Fire Science

Are you passionate about serving your community? If you enjoy helping others, you might enjoy a career as a First Responder. At Joliet Junior College, you can take hands-on classes and earn a degree or certificate to become a police officer, EMT/paramedic, or firefighter. Many students choose to learn more than one concentration.

There are many paths you can take if you are considering enrolling in our program. We suggest you meet with one of our EMS advisors so that we can tailor the program to best meet your needs.  Call 815.280.2356 for an appointment.


The Emergency Medical Services/Fire Science program at Joliet Junior College consists of the areas listed below:



Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The Emergency Medical Services program at JJC prepares students for a variety of careers in emergency medical care. This course prepares students for the Illinois Department of Public Health State EMT-licensing examination (given at the college) and an entry-level job in EMS. Once a student is licensed as an EMT, he or she is eligible for the Paramedic program, a 12-month course given in partnership with Morris Hospital EMS System.

An EMS degree gives graduates many advantages in their field. For example, most fire departments require that students be both a licensed paramedic and a certified firefighter for an entry level position. Although a degree is not required for an entry level job, most fire departments give preference points in the hiring process for a degree and many require a degree for promotions.

The EMS program at JJC is designed to prepare individuals for a wide spectrum of careers including fire service, hospital emergency department technicians, physicians’ offices, or clinics. For registration information, contact the program advisor at 815.280.2356.


Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S  (FS175)

2017-2018 Course Catalog
General Education Requirements:  19 semester hours
Major Core Requirements:             40.5 semester hours
Major Core Electives:                      12 semester hours
Total Required Hours:                  71.5 semester hours


EMT Basic, Certificate of Completion (FS185)

This program is designed to provide the building blocks necessary to successfully obtain IDPH EMT-Basic licensure within two semesters of study.  Exceeds the requirements of the National EMS Education Standards. 
** Registration for EMS 201/209, our EMT-Basic course, may only be completed by contacting Courtney DeBoer (cdeboer@jjc.edu ; 815.280.2356).
For more information on this program, visit the EMS Program Information page.

2017-18 Course Catalog
Major Core Requirements:  14 semester hours
Total Required Hours:       14 semester hours

Possible Careers

Employment opportunities for EMS graduates are diverse, ranging from private ambulance services, hospitals, doctors’ offices, immediate care centers and fire departments. Private ambulance services hire both EMT’s and paramedics, and provide transport services from homes, nursing homes and hospitals. Hospitals may hire EMT’s or paramedics to work as emergency room technicians. Their function will be similar to that of a certified nurse assistant. 

Salary Estimates

Depending on what career path you choose, salaries can range from $20,000 to $55,000 a year.


Paramedic Program

Joliet Junior College in partnership with Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers administers the paramedic education program. The paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The program is 11 months in duration and runs from August 22, 2017 - July 19, 2018.  Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

For a detailed description of the program, including eligibility requirements, download the Paramedic Application Form.


Fire Science Technology

The Fire Science Technology program at JJC is designed to teach students fire protection fundamentals and prepare them for entry level positions in the fire service industry. With the increasing complexity of technology in the industry, it is necessary for fire protection personnel to acquire specialized knowledge and problem-solving skills to meet modern-day challenges. Our program can also benefit current fire professionals who need to update their skills and industry knowledge.

We are recognized by the National Fire Academy for a commitment to the nationally recognized Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) model of standardized professional development education criteria. All fire science instructors are currently full-time or retired firefighters with vast experience from every level of the profession. JJC also has an articulation agreement with Southern Illinois University (SIU). All courses taken at JJC will be fully transferrable to SIU’s Fire Service Management Bachelor Degree Program, which is taught at our main campus.

Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of college students and firefighters working various shift assignments. During each semester, classes are offered during the day, afternoons, evenings and weekends. Online and blended courses are available each semester. Fast track classes to certify existing firefighters are also scheduled periodically at area fire departments.

Certificate evaluation for credit is also available; contact the program advisor at 815.280.2356 for more information.

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Fire Science Technology, A.A.S (FS300)

2017-18 Course Catalog
General Education Requirements:  19 semester hours
Major Core Requirements:             30 semester hours
Major Core Electives:                      15 semester hours 
Total Required Hours:                     64 semester hours

Possible Careers

Firefighters are key to the protection of the American public and are in great demand nationally. Opportunities for employment are available in fire departments, public safety departments and ambulance companies for firefighters, engineers, drivers/operators, EMTs, arson investigators, insurance investigators, fire prevention inspectors, public education officers, fire marshals and fire officers. Private industry positions are available as safety officers, fire prevention inspectors and emergency medical personnel.

Salary Estimates

The average salary can start at $48,000, depending on the state/area.  The average salary for a firefighter/paramedic in Illinois is $55,000.
(Source: US Department of Labor)


Basic Operations Firefighter Internship Program

The Joliet Junior College Fire Science internship program offers select students the opportunity to become a rostered member of an area fire department. The internship gives students hands-on experience with firefighting skills and allows them to experience the typical daily operations of a working fire station.

Unlike other fire academies, through completion of our unique fire internship, students are immediately qualified to take the State Fire Marshal Basic Operations Firefighter (BOF) exam. Becoming a certified firefighter will offer students a great advantage when applying for a job after graduation. For more information, visit the BOF Internship page.


Emergency Medical Dispatcher IDPH Certification Course (EMD 120)

This 40-hour course is designed for current emergency medical dispatchers to receive the required Illinois Department of Public Health certification to dispatch for a 911 agency and give pre-arrival instructions.  Prerequisite: Must be currently employed as a dispatcher. 

Proposed 2017 Dates:

  • September 11-15 ; 8:00am - 4:30pm ; Location: TBD
  • November 27 - December 1 ; 8:00am - 4:30pm ; Location: TBD

Contact the program advisor at 815.280.2356 to register.



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