Students in this program will learn the academics, along with physical and employability skills, required for a career in firefighting and emergency medical services (EMS).
This class will challenge the student both academically and physically. Being able to assess the emergency situation and make quick decisions is a skill all firefighter and EMS personnel must possess. Essential topics covered in this class include fire behavior, firefighter safety, vehicle extraction, and ventilation. The demanding curriculum meets the requirements set by the State of Michigan Office of Firefighter Training, and completion of this two-year program may qualify students to take the state Firefighter I and II certification tests as well as the EMS National Registry test.
A typical day in this class consists of module work, quizzes, and hands-on training, all while working as a team and building self-discipline. Practical skills and activities include learning to use a breathing apparatus, ladder placement and carries, fire hose operation, search and rescue techniques, and EMS life saving methods. Students may also participate in aerial ladder climbs with local fire departments, field trips to fire training facilities, practice in a fire simulator trailer, and visits to local college fire and EMS programs. Second year students may be given the chance to job shadow at local fire departments.
Career Credentials & Certifications
- AED / CPR
- First Aid
- Firefighting I & II Certification Prep
- Emergency Vehicle Driving
- Hazardous Materials Operation
- National Registry Prep