Firefighting & EMT Program
Our Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician major is an academy level course that immerses students into academy level training. Using a wide range of firefighting and life-saving medical and diagnostic equipment, students develop their skills through real world emergency scenarios and field experiences.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Math, 1 must be lab-based, year-long Science), on track to graduate
Prerequisites at the Time of Application
“C” or higher in last semester English course(s) (“C” includes “C+”, “C” or “C-”), 1 credit of Algebra or concurrent enrollment projected
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
- St. Louis Community College - 10 credits
- Southwestern Illinois College - 6 credits
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- Fire I and Fire II certifications
- Emergency Medical Technician Basic certification through National Registry
- National First Responder certification
- Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certification
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 26%-50% 51%-75% CTE Year Two 26%-50% 51%-75%
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hand tools
- Power tools
- Pneumatic tools
- CPR practice equipment
- Medical equipment
- Emergency vehicles
- Dispatch technology
- IFSTA Essentials, 7th ed.
- AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured
- Navy blue work pants or shorts
- Firefighting t-shirts (EMS collared style polo shirt in year two)
- Black, safety-toe shoes and black belt
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Display professional behavior at ALL times (verbal & nonverbal cues) and in high stress environment; adaptability; resilience
Read human behavior and make safe choices; must be able to follow all safety rules and assume personal responsibility; patience and tolerance of patients and their behavior
Read and comprehend postsecondary text independently
Empathy and ability to expression compassion
Attention to detail (able to note that a patient’s health is declining)
Take the initiative; perform tasks without having to be told; complete tasks in a timely manner and in proper sequence
Able to climb, lift and carry objects of 50 pounds or more, and handle taxing physical activity
Tolerate a firefighting or EMT environment which includes high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, dirty spaces, loud noises, and a variety of industry-related smells
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.