Tasks for firefighters include fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, basic first aid, and investigations, size-up, salvage, and containment.


Want to help others on some of the worst days of their lives? People in towns large and small count on their volunteer and paid fire fighters in a variety of ways. This class at the state-of-the-art Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Emergency Services Training Facility, 4203 Montdale Dr., Valparaiso, will help you prepare with the physical and mental requirements to be a firefighter. You should, above all, be willing to help others. You should have sound judgment, strong moral values and respect for humanity. You should have the ability to communicate well through reading, writing and speaking. You should be 17 years old by May 15 of the year when you are in the course. You will need to provide a state-issued photo ID. You might want to pair this course with an EMS or law enforcement class while still in high school. Indiana State fire certifications may include: 1) Mandatory, 2) Firefighter I, 3) Hazardous Materials Awareness, and 4) Hazardous Materials Operations.


  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Prairie State College, IL
  • Vincennes University
  • Training opportunities at MAAC


  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Wildland Firefighter
  • Fire Investigator
  • Private Public Safety Firms
  • The Military



Teresa Janovitz is a Workplace Specialist and is in her third year of teaching the fire science vocational for the Porter County Career Center. Teresa has served the City of Portage for 19 years as a firefighter/paramedic where she currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. She spends a great deal of time reading articles on firefighting and training techniques to keep current and progressive. Teresa attended Purdue Northwest where she graduated in May of 2011 with her Baccalaureate of Nursing Degree. Since graduating she has worked in the Emergency  Department at Northwest Regional Hospital as a registered nurse. She has been married 26 years to Aaron Janovitz and have 2 children. She loves to decorate, especially for Halloween and Christmas, enjoys music, sunshine, and flowers, and dislikes the cold and mornings.

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Lt. Schulte received his AAS degrees from Ivy Tech in Fire Science, Paramedic Science and EMT-P. He has been teaching for 3 years and has been in the fire service for over 35 years. He has been a career firefighter since 2003. Fire Science and Paramedic Science are constantly evolving and firefighters must be dedicated to staying current on new concepts and technology. Lt. Schulte actively pursues continuing education and he is currently an active duty Valparaiso Fire Fighter and serves as their Public Information Officer. In his spare time, Lt. Schulte and his son are currently trying to visit all of the MLB stadiums. He also restores and collects antique Ford tractors.

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