New Fire Service Technology Program

CWI Director of Public Safety Programs, Kevin Platts, left, and Nampa Fire Chief, Kirk Carpenter, at the Nampa Fire Department T
CWI Director of Public Safety Programs, Kevin Platts, left, and Nampa Fire Chief, Kirk Carpenter, at the Nampa Fire Department Training Center on Thursday, April 25.
April 26, 2019

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is excited to announce the arrival of a new Fire Service Technology program.

The Fire Service Technology program will prepare students for opportunities as a full-time or volunteer firefighter. The curriculum is based on National Fire Protection Association standards and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress requirements.

Staff from local fire departments, including the Nampa Fire Department, assisted in the development of curriculum and will also instruct in the program.

“This is a dream come true, not just for CWI, but for area fire departments,” said Nampa Fire Chief, Kirk Carpenter.  

The program focuses on teaching students to analyze and solve problems in firefighting based on real-world situations and scenarios. Students will receive high-quality classroom instruction and participate in hands-on demonstrations, live burns, as well as a co-requisite physical fitness course designed specifically for firefighters.

“CWI’s program will provide a great chance for students to network with instructors, who work at fire departments across the Treasure Valley,” said Kevin Platts, CWI Director of Public Safety programs. “Instructors are going to go back and say ‘Hey, let's look at this student, I know how hard they work and I want them in my truck,’” he added.

Visit the Fire Service Technology program webpage to learn more.