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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

Emergency Medical Technician

Fire Captain



Graduate Employers

Allina Health

Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services

City of Altoona Fire Department

Eau Claire Fire Department

Mayo Clinic Health System

Rusk County Ambulance Service

Just the Facts

67 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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August and January

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Financial Aid Eligible



Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $14,590

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can 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.

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.

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


Yearly Salary

Our recent FireMedic graduates reported an average starting salary of $48,760.


Regional Jobs

There are 107 job openings in the CVTC district for the FireMedic industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

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Focus On Student Success

Instructors were passionate and approachable outside of hours, workload was a lot, but in the end it was worth it because of the experience and training.

Andrew, FireMedic Graduate

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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