WITC holds firefighter exams
Firefighters – both career and volunteer – give of their time to serve their
communities. Their training and certification are often completed on their own
time and even on their own dime. Although education and training is available
through each of Wisconsin’s technical colleges, some state certification testing
can only be found at state-approved sites. Previously that meant that
firefighters from the Ashland region would have to travel to Rhinelander or Eau
Claire (the closest sites) for any of the firefighter certification testing,
sometimes incurring the travel costs out of their own pockets. One of the exams,
Driver/Operator, included driving their fire department’s engine to the exam
site, which is not only costly for the department, but also takes resources out
of their service area.
hardship for area departments and firefighters is about to be a thing of the
past. The state of Wisconsin recently certified Wisconsin Indianhead Technical
College Ashland Campus to execute State Certification exams for Firefighter I
and II. WITC-Ashland offered the first firefighter certification exams on
Saturday, September 8. To celebrate a service 15 years in the making, the campus
hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony prior to the exam day.
the big advantage – people don’t have to travel for the certification exams,”
said Mike Herrmann, WITC fire training specialist. “But it also expands the
testing services we’ll be able to offer.”
been able to offer a number of exams that didn’t require such extensive
equipment and facility set-up in the past, but the college was still obligated
to have a minimum number of candidates scheduled. Now, whenever the college has
Firefighter I and II exams scheduled, they are able to add on any number of
other fire fighter certification tests. Other possibilities are
Driver/Operator-Pumper, Driver/Operator Aerial, Fire Officer I and II and Fire
Inspector exams. This means that departments will be able to allow their
firefighters to test with department engines, with less strain on department
resources. The exams held were Firefighter I, Driver Operator–Aerial, Fire Officer I and Fire Inspector.
also helped firefighters keep their training costs down through the use of
technology. While most of the firefighter courses are held at the fire stations,
firefighters are able to take many of the specialty courses at their local WITC
campus via interactive television or online classes. Again, this saves the
individual time and money.
For more information about WITC’s fire training
programs, call 800.243.WITC.