• How many of your friends can say they have mastere rescue techniques used by firefighters and EMTs, or experienced the urgency to confidently respond to a critically injured patient? Learn how teamwork can make a lifesaving difference!

    This program follows the standards of training in NFPA 1001 (National Fire Protection Association) Standard for Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  National Standards. After age 18, you could become an EMT, apply to paramedic school, and be on the road to future Basic Operations Firefighter Certification at age 21.

    What Will My Classes Be Like?

    The Fire Science program includes safety, fire behavior, rescue/extrication techniques (including use of the "jaws of life"), communications, and equipment use and maintenance and cell burns.

    Emergency medical training includes  Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Healthcare Provider CPR. You must meet the necessary age (at least 18 years old), state, and industry requirements in order to challenge the state or national EMT licensing exam. Enjoy practical experiences in the classroom -- including the opportunity for internships in emergency rooms, ambulance ride-alongs, crisis drills, or assisting TCD's First Aid Provider on actual calls. You will gain the experience, training, and confidence to transition from our classroom to a job on a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance, into a college classroom or paramedic school.

    In addition, you have the opportunity to receive up to 19 hours of FESHE recognized college credit -- almost a third of your way to an associate’s degree!


    Richard Rubo (FS)
    Dave Dinelli (EMT)
    Roger Bayne (EMT)


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    The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but is provided to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.

    First Year Curriculum

    • Firefighter Safety and Health
    • Fire Department Communications
    • Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment
    • Ropes, Webbing, and Knots
    • Structural Search, Victim Removal, and Firefighter Survival
    • Forcible Entry
    • Ground Ladders
    • Tactical Ventilation
    • Water Supply Fire Hose
    • Fire Streams
    • Fire Control
    • Loss Control
    • Online Certifications
    • Hazardous Materials and Terrorism
    • EMR Cognitive Skills
    • EMR Psycho Motor Skills



    Second Year Curriculum
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT course using NREMT guidelines)
    • Healthcare Provider CPR


    Employment Skills

    §         Career assessment

    §         Resumé & Portfolio Development