Fire/EMS Training Academy

Fire/EMS Training Academy

Site: Mayfield High School
Two-year program: grades 11-12

Students interested in Fire and EMS should be in good physical condition, have a desire to learn medical knowledge, have concern for the well-being of other people, have the ability to work on a team, 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. Juniors attend program at Tri-C East; seniors attend at Tri-C West. Students will be able to obtain an EMT certification and Fire Fighter I and II certification or APCO Telecommunication Certificates, allowing them to search for employment in those careers at the age of 18.
NOTE FOR JUNIORS: Students will need to be 16 yrs old by August 15 prior to starting Fire/EMS. Students who will be juniors in the Fire/EMS Training program in school year 2019-2020 and beyond will need to meet certain requirements in order to proceed to senior year. These criteria are:  ALL of the following-obtain AHA CPR card, completion of NIMS 100, completion of NIMS 700, accumulated GPA 2.5 minimum, and senior status at home school OR taking and earning a total score of 13 on the [3] WorkKeys tests.

Instructor: Mr. Keith Weathersbee

  • EducationKent 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 (7 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. 

Fire/EMS Training Academy

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
   •    Firefighter 1
   •    Firefighter 2


   •    Kent State University - up to 6 credits toward Associate degree/ 30 toward ATS degree
   •    University of Akron-up to 30 credits
   •    CT2 - up to 22 sem credit hours/all OH public colleges
   •    Junior Year:
          -American Heart Association CPR / First Aid / AED
   •    Senior Year
          -Emergency Medial Technician
          -Firefighter I & II 
          -Hazmat Operations
          -APCO Telecommunication Certificate
   •    Fire Fighter    
   •    Emergency Medical Technician   
   •    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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