Fire/EMS Training Academy

Fire/EMS Training Academy

Site: Cuyahoga Community College
Two-year program: grades 11-12

Students interested in Fire and EMS should be in good physical condition, have concern for the well-being of other people, have the ability to work on a team, a desire to solve problems, and be able to remain calm under pressure.
The Fire/EMS Training Academy is a two-year program. The first year of the curriculum covers the foundation of firefighting and EMS, which looks at such topics as the history of public safety, ethics, first aid/CPR, medical emergencies, fire behavior, communications, Hazmat training and much more. After completion of the initial year, students will then continue into the senior year in either Fire or Dispatch. Juniors attend program at Tri-C East; seniors attend at Tri-C West. Students will be able to obtain an EMT-Basic certification and Fire Fighter I and II certification or APCO Telecommunication Certificate, allowing them to search for employment in those careers at the age of 18.

Instructor: Mr. Keith Weathersbee
  • Education: Attending Kent State University - CTTE Teacher Certification, Montgomery Collage - General Studies AA, Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Training Academy - Paramedic, Fire Fighter Certification.
  • Work Experience: Fire/EMS Training Academy Instructor (3 yrs); Montgomery County Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic (7 years).
  • Awards: Willa K Little Award for Academic Excellence Paramedic Studies.
  • Hobbies: Family, Football, Baseball, Hockey, photography, travel, food and drink.

Additional Information

Prerequisite: Complete Sports Physical (when accepted);
Recommendations: Competence in the following coursework: Anatomy/Physiology, Language Arts, Math-Algebra
Credits:  Junior Year - 3 credits (1 Course-3 credits)
    Senior Year - 3 credits (1 Course-1.5 credits, 2 Courses-.75 credits/each)
All students will learn:
   •    Career Exploration & Development    
   •    Safety Awareness
   •    Firefighting & EMS Operations/Training    
   •    Report Writing Skills
   •    Life Saving Skills    
   •    Hazmat Training-First Aid and CPR    
   •    Public Relations
   •    911 Telecommunications    
   •    Fire Prevention
   •    Leadership & Communications    
   •    Terrorist Assessment Training
   •    Foundations of Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services
   •    Emergency Medical Technician
   •    Firefighting 1
   •    Firefighting 2


   •    Cuyahoga Community College - up to 6 credits in Fire/EMT
   •    University of Akron-up to 13 credits
   •    CT2 - up to 22 sem credit hours/all OH public colleges
   •    Junior Year:
          -American Heart Association First Aid
          -American Heart Association CPR
   •    Senior Year
          -Fire Fighter I & II / -EMT Basic
          -Hazmat Operations
          -APCO Telecommunication Certificate
   •    Fire Fighter    
   •    EMT-B    
   •    Hospital Technician
   •    911 Dispatching
Future Opportunities with Further Education    
   •    Paramedic    
   •    Critical Care Transport   
   •    Fire Investigator    
   •    Hazardous Materials Specialist
   •    Search & Rescue Specialist
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