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Program Description

CVTC offers a FireMedic program that allows you to receive training in fire rescue and EMS training. This is a challenging program but comes with a great sense of accomplishment once completed. This accomplishment continues throughout your career, as you help people on a daily basis. Students that succeed in this program have a strong sense of self-discipline and a desire to help people.

In CVTC’s FireMedic program you will learn:

  • Firefighting techniques, skills, and inspection
  • Rescue and response to medical and traumatic emergencies
  • Vehicle extrication rescue
  • Respiratory management
  • Pump operations
  • Patient assessment and EKG interpretation
  • Fire public education
  • Firefighter evolutions

This program includes special courses in water, confined spaces, trench, and high angle rescue. It offers plenty of hands-on experience as well as in-depth classroom training.

Students will complete a paramedic clinical internship where they will practice paramedicine in a health care environment with actual patients under the supervision of instructors or an approved specialist.

In addition, students also complete a FireMedic internship that will allow them to actively participate as a 'working' member of a fire department. Students work the 24-hour shift schedule at one full-time local fire department, and perform the same duties as the firefighters.

Upon graduation from this program, you will be prepared to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-Paramedic) and the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Certification exams.

Just the Facts:

FireMedic
70 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method:
Face to Face

Program Location:
Eau Claire

Start Dates:
January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,851

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How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application and entrance requirements. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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86%

Get a Job

86% of our FireMedic graduates get a job in the industry.

$53K

Make More Money

Our recent FireMedic graduates reported an average starting salary of $53,221.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 1% growth is projected in firemedic positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

Careers

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Paramedic

Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the FireMedic program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • Fire Department Apparatus Operations
    This course prepares firefighters to drive and operate fire department emergency apparatus. The course presents theories of hydraulics as applied to the fire service, with emphasis on mathematics and formulas used in operating fire apparatus pumps.
  • Special Rescue
    Classroom presentations and practical evolutions will be conducted on confined space and trench entry and rescue, water rescue, vehicle extrication, and high angle rescue.
  • Paramedic Cardiology
    This course teaches the paramedic student to integrate assessment findings with principles of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and implement a comprehensive treatment plan for a patient with a cardiovascular complaint.

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