Frequently Asked Questions 









How long has the Fire Training Academy of Cuyahoga Community College been located at Western Campus?

Since it began in 1971. It is the largest training facility in northeastern Ohio.

Is the Fire Training Academy chartered?

Yes. It is chartered by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services in Columbus. We are well respected by the suburban Fire Departments in the northeastern Ohio counties.

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Are there core classes required for the Firefighter/Paramedic program?

Yes. There are three core classes that are required for an entry-level position as a Firefighter/Paramedic:

  1. Fire Academy
  2. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic)
  3. Paramedic

The courses can be pursued in several ways:

  • Fire Academy – EMT – Paramedic
  • EMT – Paramedic – Fire Academy
  • EMT – Fire Academy – Paramedic

How many hours are involved in the Fire Training Academy course?

The Fire Academy course is a 260-hour class that offers the student academic and practical skills training required for the entry-level position as a Level 2 firefighter.

What kind of schedule does the Academy offer?

The Academy offers three types of classes, each one consisting of 260 hours of training:

  1. Seven-week Day Academy meets Monday through Friday, 8:45 am-5:30 pm
  2. Ten-week Day Academy meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:45 am-5:30 pm
  3. Seventeen-week Night Academy meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm and all day Saturday, 8:45 am-5:30 pm

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I'm not in the best of shape. Is this going to be a problem?

This is a physically challenging course; therefore, a Physical Agility Test must be passed in order for the student to be accepted in the program. The student will be required to perform five physical tasks in seven minutes or less. A Physical Agility Test coincides with each scheduled Academy class, and students are encouraged to take the Physical Agility Prep class which offers hands-on training with the equipment used in the testing process.

Are any academic credits earned while taking the Fire Training Academy course?

Yes. After successful completion of the class, the student will have earned 13 academic credits:

  • FIRE 1100 - Principles of Emergency Service                                             -  3 credits
  • FIRE 1200 - Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety & Survival  -  2 credits
  • FIRE 1500 - Fire Behavior and Combustion                                               -  2 credits
  • FIRE 2321 - Fire Protection Systems                                                         -  2 credits 
  • EMT 1310 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation                                              -  1 credit
  • EMT 1320 - Heavy Rescue                                                                       -  2 credits
  • EMT 1330 - Defensive Driving                                                                  -  1 credit

These credits can be applied to the two-year Associate Degree in Applied Science in Fire Technology at Cuyahoga Community College.  This Degree is transferable through articulation to Cleveland State University and The University of Akron.

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What is the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Program (EMT-B)?

The EMT-Basic Certification course at Cuyahoga Community College is a cooperative education program with the Department of Public Safety, Department of EMS. It involves comprehensive study and practice of basic life support skills of Emergency Medical Technology-Basic (EMT-B). These include:

  1. Recognition of nature and seriousness of patient condition or extent of injuries,
  2. Administering appropriate emergency care, 
  3. Transporting patients to a place of definitive care.

Approval must be secured from the Program Manager at the Metropolitan Campus prior to registering for the EMT class. At the completion of the class, the student will take the State examination for certification as an EMT-B which is a requirement for acceptance into the EMT-Paramedic Program.  EMT-B’s must recertify every three years. 

Are any academic credits earned while taking the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Program (EMT-B)?

The student earns 7 credits towards an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Technology. 

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What is the EMT-Paramedic Program?

The Paramedic Program is based on the United States Department of Transportation Paramedic National Standard Curriculum and the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support guidelines.  Curriculum from Basic Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support is incorporated into the program.  The Training consists of theory and skills including classroom lecture and laboratory, clinical laboratory and squad time.

Approval must be secured from the Program Manager at the Metropolitan Campus prior to registering for the Paramedic class. This is an eight month class over two semesters. At the completion of the class, the student will take the National Registry examination for certification as an EMT-Paramedic in the State of Ohio. EMT-Paramedics must recertify every two years.

Are any academic credits earned while taking the EMT-Paramedic Program?
The student earns twenty four credits towards an Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Technology.

Will I be ready to take a Civil Service Test?

Yes. At the completion of the core classes – Fire Academy, EMT-B, and Paramedic, the student has the necessary requirements to take Civil Service testing for Firefighter/Paramedic positions.  In Ohio, you must be 21 years old to be appointed to a full-time Fire Department. Each city that administers a Civil Service test for these positions, awards points for training and prior experience obtained by the applicant. These points are awarded differently by each city but are usually awarded for Firefighter 1 & 2 training, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, and in some cases, residency and veteran points. The Civil Service Commission may require applicants to take a Physical Agility Test as part of the hiring process.

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I've taken all the core classes for the entry-level position required for a firefighter or paramedic. Now what?

Once the core classes are completed for the entry-level position as a firefighter/paramedic, the student is encouraged to continue in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Technology or Emergency Medical Technology program. The student will pursue classes in Communication, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Competencies and Skills based on the specific Program Requirements for either the Fire or EMT Degree.  The Associate Degree will afford the student an opportunity to pursue a career move to an Officer position within a Fire Department.

For information regarding the Fire Technology degree, please contact Michael Boyko at 216-987-5037 or Daniel Beil at 216-987-4449 for the Emergency Medical Technology degree.

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