Cowley College has teamed with area fire departments to offer a fire science certificate program beginning in June.

The program will help meet the employment needs of local fire departments and consists of hazardous materials operations, firefighter I, firefighter II and firefighter safety and survival classes as well as EMT certification.

The Arkansas City, Winfield, and Wellington fire departments will supply Cowley College with the equipment needed for the program — such as turnout gear, forcible entry props and apparatus.

Arkansas City Fire-EMS Chief Bobby Wolfe, Winfield Fire Chief Alan Stoll and Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay served on the steering committee and helped develop the curriculum for the program.

Winfield Captain Chad Mayberry and local retired firefighter Gary Bowker also served on the steering committee and are the program faculty.

Students that complete the program will receive multiple certifications and be prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level firefighter.

“We will be able to do the training locally and the fire departments can employ local graduates,” said Health and Human Services Department Chair and Director of EMS Education Chris Cannon. “The support we’ve received from our local fire departments during the development process has been outstanding.”

An articulation agreement with Butler Community College’s Fire Science program is being developed to allow Cowley fire science graduates to complete their associate degrees.

For more information or to enroll for the program, contact 441-6335.

This information was provided by Cowley County Community College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.