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FireMedic Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

Firefighter

Firefighter/Paramedic

Paramedic

Just the Facts

FireMedic
70 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
June

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

1,950

Term 2

$

3,601

Term 3

$

2,265

Term 4

$

927

Term 5

$

2,055

Term 6

$

1,355

Tools/Materials

$

645

Books

$

2,648

Estimated Total:  $15,446

 

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the FireMedic program.

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.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

FireMedic Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes
 

100%
Employed

100% of our recent FireMedic graduates got a job in the industry.

 

$36K*
Yearly Salary

FireMedic professionals make an average starting salary of $36,254.

 

80
Regional Jobs

There are 80 job openings in the CVTC district for the FireMedic industry.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

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* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Technical Diploma

Paramedic, Technical Diploma

Paramedic Technician, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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