Skip to main content.

WITC holds firefighter exams

The state of Wisconsin recently certified Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Ashland Campus to execute State Certification exams for Firefighter I and II.

(8/29/12): 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.

This 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.

“That’s 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.”

WITC has 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.

WITC has 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.