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					                                     FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC
                                   EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The Fire Training Academy of Cuyahoga Community College is the largest training facility in
northeastern Ohio. It has been located at the Western Campus in Parma since it began in 1971. The
Academy is chartered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services
in Columbus. The Fire Training Academy is well respected by the suburban Fire Departments in the
northeastern Ohio counties.

There are three core classes that are required for an entry-level position as a Firefighter/Paramedic: 1)
Fire Academy, 2) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic), and 3) Paramedic. The courses can be
pursued in several ways:
                                     Fire Academy – EMT – Paramedic
                                     EMT – Paramedic – Fire Academy
                                     EMT – Fire Academy – Paramedic

Fire Academy
The Fire Academy course is a 260-hour class that offers the student academic and practical skills training
required for the entry-level position as a Level 2 firefighter.

The Academy offers three types of classes, each one consisting of 260 hours of training:
      1) Seven-week Day Academy meets Monday through Friday, 8:45 am-5:30 pm
      2) Ten-week Day Academy meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:45 am-5:30 pm
      3) Seventeen-week Night Academy meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
         and all day Saturday, 8:45 am-5:30 pm

This is a physically challenging course; therefore, a Physical Agility Test must be passed in order for the
student to be accepted in the program. The student will be required to perform five physical tasks in
seven minutes or less. A Physical Agility Test coincides with each scheduled Academy class, and
students are encouraged to take the Physical Agility Prep class which offers hands-on training with the
equipment used in the testing process.

On the last day of class, the student will take the State exam for Firefighter Level II certification.
Firefighter must recertify every three years.

After successful completion of the class, the student will have earned thirteen academic credits:

               FIRE 1100 - Principles of Emergency Services (3 credits)
               FIRE 1200 - Principals of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival (2 credits)
               FIRE 1500 - Fire Behavior and Combustion (2 credits)
               FIRE 2321 - Fire Protection Systems (2 credits)
               EMT 1310 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1 credit)
               EMT 1320 - Heavy Rescue (2 credits)
               EMT 1330 - Defensive Driving-EMT (1 credit)

These credits are the first semester of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Technology at
Cuyahoga Community College. This Degree is transferable through articulation to Cleveland State
University and The University of Akron.

Informational packets about the Fire Training Academy can be secured by calling the Academy Office
 at 216-987-5076.

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Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Program (EMT-B)
The EMT-Basic Certification course at Cuyahoga Community College is a cooperative education program
with the Department of Public Safety, Department of EMS. It involves comprehensive study and practice
of basic life support skills of Emergency Medical Technology-Basic (EMT-B). These include: 1)
recognition of nature and seriousness of patient condition or extent of injuries, 2) administering
appropriate emergency care, and 3) transporting patients to a place of definitive care.

Approval must be secured from the Program Manager at the Metropolitan Campus prior to registering for
the EMT class. At the completion of the class, the student will take the State examination for certification
as an EMT-B which is a requirement for acceptance into the EMT-Paramedic Program. EMT-B’s must
recertify every three years. The student earns seven credits towards an Associate Degree in Emergency
Medical Technology.

EMT-Paramedic Program
The Paramedic Program is based on the United States Department of Transportaiton Paramedic National
Standard Curriculum and the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support guidelines.
Curriculum from Basic Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support is incorporated into the
program. The Training consists of theory and skills including classroom lecture and laboratory, clinical
laboratory and squad time.

Approval must be secured from the Program Manager at the Metropolitan Campus prior to registering for
the Paramedic class. This is an eight month class over two semesters. At the completion of the class, the
student will take the National Registry examination for certification as an EMT-Paramedic in the State of
Ohio. EMT-Paramedics must recertify every two years. The student earns twenty four credits towards an
Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Technology.

Informational packets about the EMT-B and Paramedic Programs can be secured by contacting the
Program Manager, Daniel Beil at 216-987-4449 or Clinical Preceptor, Joseph Viola at 216-987-4451.
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Civil Service Testing
At the completion of the core classes – Fire Academy, EMT-B, and Paramedic, the student has the
necessary requirements to take Civil Service testing for Firefighter/Paramedic positions. In Ohio, you
must be 21 years old to be appointed to a full-time Fire Department. Each city that administers a Civil
Service test for these positions, awards points for training and prior experience obtained by the applicant.
These points are awarded differently by each city but are usually awarded for Firefighter 1 & 2 training,
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, and in some cases,
residency and veteran points. The Civil Service Commission may require applicants to take a Physical
Agility Test as part of the hiring process.

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Technology or Emergency Medical Technology
Once the core classes are completed for the entry-level position as a firefighter/paramedic, the student is
encouraged to continue in the Associate Degree program. The student will pursue classes in
Communication, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Competencies
and Skills based on the specific Program Requirements for either the Fire or EMT Degree. The Associate
Degree will afford the student an opportunity to pursue a career move to an Officer position within a Fire
Department.

For information regarding the Fire Technology degree, please contact Michael Boyko at 216-987-5037 or
Daniel Beil at 216-987-4449 for the Emergency Medical Technology degree.


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