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 Fire Service Operations

Eric Strong, Retired CFD Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Program Coordinator

The Fire Service Operations degree focuses on fire suppression, prevention and general emergency response operations with a target population of college student interested who are interested in a career with the fire service and emergency services, but not yet employed by a fire department or public safety entity.

Because of the many new and evolving challenges facing fire and emergency services today, many current and future members are opting to enhance their training and experience by obtaining a formal education in fire science management. This program has been developed in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department, the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office and follows the curriculum guidelines of the National Fire Academy. Courses are largely taught by faculty instructors that are experienced fire fighters from the Chicago Fire Department and surrounding areas.     

Program Mission

It is the mission of the Malcolm X College Fire Science Program to educate, inspire and prepare our students to enter the field of Public Safety, Fire and Emergency Services.            

Admission Requirements

  • Successful Completion of High School with GED or diploma, or previous college work.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be eligible to enroll in or have passed English 101
  • Must complete interview with the program coordinator.


Fire Service Operations

Faculty & Staff

Name Email Phone Room
Eric Strong - Fire Science Program Coordinator (312) 850-7289 2103*   ​

*2103, please come to the 2nd floor reception desk.​​​​​​

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7289
1900 W. Jackson
Room 0203
Chicago , IL 60612
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8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 


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Next session begins 2/13