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Fire Academy: Related Info

Fire Academy:
Students who wish to apply for the Fire Academy need to apply in person at the MCC-Blue River Public Safety Institute.

Degrees & Certificates offered:

Rusty Sullivan, Director of Public Safety Institute, 816.604.6700
Chuck Perry, Chief of Training, 816.604.6712
Dave Johnson, Chief of Training, 816.604.6766 
Blue River PSI, 816.604.6700


Every year, fires and other emergencies take thousands of lives and destroy property worth billions of dollars.  Fire fighters help protect the public by responding to fires and other crisis situations.  Although they put out fires, fire fighters more frequently respond to other kinds of emergencies.  They are often the first to arrive at the scene of a traffic accident or medical call, and regularly need to treat injuries.  At MCC-Blue River's Public Safety Institute, you can complete an A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology or go through our Fire Academy Certification program.

Related Jobs

  • Municipal and Private Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Medicine (hospitals, ambulance)
  • Fire Investigations
  • State and Federal Emergency Management
  • Fire Protection Industry
  • Fire Education/Instruction

As part of the Fire Academy curriculum, each of our recruits completes the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).  Recruits may also take the B-5 Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) from IPMA-HR (International Public Management Association for Human Resources) Assessment Services at a discounted price through the MCC-Blue River Testing Center.  To schedule an FSEE, please call the Testing Center at 816.604.6434.

All applicants must meet the following MCC prerequisite guidelines before obtaining a Fire Academy application packet:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (NOTE: Most Fire Departments require you to be at least 21 prior to hiring);
  • Must have graduated from high school or have a GED with transcripts;
  • Must have an active MCC student ID number (go to to apply);
  • Must complete placement test unless a college-level English course has been satisfactorily completed. Students must place into the following areas or successfully complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the program:
                 Reading - READ 100 or higher
                 English - ENGL 101
     Any writing or reading deficiency must be remediated prior to Academy enrollment.

For further information regarding the AAS in Fire Science Technology, please contact Mrs. Carrie Barnes at 816.604.6720.  For information regarding the Fire Academy certificate program, please call 816.604-6700.

Last Modified: 6/8/17