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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. 

Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.

Success indicators for all programs

Potential Jobs

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Fire Inspector

Potential Careers with Income

Career Credentials & Certifications

  • AED / CPR
  • First Aid
  • Firefighting I & II Certification Prep
  • Emergency Vehicle Driving
  • Hazardous Materials Operation
  • National Registry Prep

Students enrolled in this program are eligible to take classes at Jackson College while remaining a high school student through the Jackson County Early College (JCEC). Students commit to a 13th year of high school and can complete a degree or certification that transfers to major universities at little-to-no additional cost. Students must commit by October of their junior year to be a part of the JCEC.

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