Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Fire Protection Services Program

Program Mission

The WIU Fire Protection Services Program is dedicated to preparing its students to meet the difficult challenges facing firefighters and fire service administrators in the delivery public safety services.  In support of this mission the Fire Protection Services Program is founded on three strategic objectives:

  • The delivery of an academically rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • Prepare future firefighters for successful careers in the fire service.
  • Prepare current firefighters for senior leadership positions.

Program Overview

The WIU Fire Protection Services Program features a comprehensive major with two separate and unique study options. The Fire Administration program is delivered online and  designed for working firefighters seeking promotion to senior leadership positions. The Fire Science Option, with classes delivered on-campus in a traditional setting, is ideally suited for students  preparing for a career in the fire service.  A fire minor program is associated with each of these two Options.

Why enroll in Fire Protection Services at WIU?

HistoryOur History
Western Illinois University has a history of fire service education spanning more than thirty years.

Many leaders in the Fire Service are alumni of our program and are quick to attribute their career success to their degree at WIU.  

fireOur Program
Our curriculum was written by firefighters for firefighters. It is based on national standards and addresses the real  challenges faced by the fire service each day. Ours is a rigorous program which not only confers a degree, but also delivers the education necessary for success in the Fire Service.

facultyOur Faculty
Our “fire” faculty are retired or current firefighters strongly committed to the success of their students. All are former chief officers who have successfully blended education with real world experience.  You will learn from teachers who have “been there and done that” and have the teaching skills to relate material to students in a meaningful way.








WIU Fire Protection Services was named one of the "Best Fire Science Degree Programs for 2020" named Western Illinois University as one of the Top 29 Fire Science Degree Programs for 2020. Click here to read the full article.