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School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and EMS

It is the mission of the criminal justice/fire science program faculty and staff to provide an atmosphere where active learning may occur, to provide students with the highest quality educational experience, to continue to support the “professional model” as currently utilized, to become appropriate role models for students, to support the educational program by acquiring the appropriate equipment and supplies, to fulfill the advising role, and to assess the academic outcomes of the program.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with a broad-based, liberal education.
  • Provide students with the skills necessary to perform as twenty-first century criminal justice practitioners.
  • Assist students with their development of a set of professional ethics.
  • Assist students in the development of their critical thinking skills.
  • Assist students with the development of their writing skills.
  • Provide an educational atmosphere where active learning may occur.
  • Encourage life long learning.
  • Assess the educational outcomes of the program.

The criminal justice and fire science programs allow you a unique opportunity to receive state certification in a number of areas. You may obtain Firefighter I and II Michigan certifiability, Wildland Firefighting certification (USFS S130, S190, and I220), and certifiability through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

The following certificates may also be awarded: the Michigan Corrections Officer Certificate, Incident Command System, Hazardous Material Awareness Level, Hazardous Material Operations Level, and the 40 hour Emergency Response Technician - HAZWOPER (29CFR 1910.120).


Sgt. Marty R. Singleton ('07)
Provincial Liaison Team-North West Region

"I owe a lot of my success in my career to the time I spent in Sault Ste. Marie and LSSU."

-Blue Line Magazine, April 2014

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Fire science students learn the power of positive pressure

Lake Superior State University fire science students (from left) Christian Nagelvoort, Craig Suheski, and Jacob Herter queue a hose line into a practice building during an exercise at LSSU's fire practice grounds in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on Sept. 24. Rescue Resources LLC of Grand Rapids provided training on how approach fires that tend to be very fluid, superheated, and explosive. Fire science students and faculty were joined by the Sault Ste. Marie city fire department for all day training. Crews practiced "positive pressure attack" techniques that blow heat out windows and allow firefighters to walk into a fire without taking a beating. The method also increases safety for trapped people. The Sault fire department — along with LSSU fire science faculty Terry Heyns and Roger Land — chipped in to help cover Rescue Resources' visit. Nagelvoort, Suheski, and Herter are all seniors from, respectively, Holland, Crystal Falls, and Ann Arbor, Mich.

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