Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Preparatory program is designed specifically for individuals seeking a career in the fire-medical service and addresses foundational emergency medical technology, hazardous materials, and firefighting content material, as well as meeting two of the prerequisites for the Fire Department Operations course, also known as the "Fire Academy" (FSC102). These two prerequisites are Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) (EMT/FSC104) and Hazardous Materials (FSC105). Upon successful completion of the program, the participant will be eligible to sit for the EMT and Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) certification examinations. The program meets current United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) national standard education guidelines for emergency medical technicians. The program teaches techniques of emergency medical care in accordance with national and state curriculum. Study of the human body, patient assessment, treatment of medically or traumatically compromised patients, special hazards, medical operations, intravenous (IV) monitoring, patient-assisted medication administration, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and blood-glucose monitoring. The program meets the current Hazardous Materials First Responder certification requirements for the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence. The program will cover basic methods of recognition and identification based upon the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials, basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment, and basic tactical information relating to scene management. Confined space operations are taught in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Total Clock Hours: 
Effective term: 
2019 Fall 1
Award notes

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students must successfully complete 10 simulated clinical scenarios, the final cognitive exam and the NREMT Psychomotor Skills exam in order to complete the program.

This program has a strong physical agility component. Students enrolling to this program will be required to have a physical examination and medical clearance prior to enrollment. Students are required to have gym clothing each day as part of the uniform requirement.

Students who become eligible to take the Hazardous Materials examination will be able to take the examination during this course. The expense of the examination is the student`s responsibility.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Program Prerequisites: Admitted to program.
Admission criteria

1. 17 1/2 years of age to enroll

2. Healthcare signature form completed

3. Immunization declaration form completed

4. Accuplacer Reading score of 74, or greater or Accuplacer Next Generation score of 249 or greater, or ACT Reading score of 22 or greater, or high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (within the last 10 years), or GED Reading score of 175 or higher, or successful completion of RDG100 or CRE101 with a grade of C or better.

5. Current and valid government-issued photo identification.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:300
EMC108Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy300
Program Competencies
  • Explain the organization, services provided, and dispatch policies of the fire-medical department. (EMC108)
  • Describe the importance of firefighter safety on the fire ground and in the fire station, and explain what constitutes protective clothing. (EMC108)
  • Explain the importance of firefighters maintaining a high level of physical and mental fitness. (EMC108)
  • Describe the role and scope of duties and practice of the emergency medical technician (EMT). (EMC108)
  • Identify the techniques for assessing scene safety and body substance isolation (BSI). (EMC108)
  • Describe the medical/legal/ethical aspects of emergency medical technology. (EMC108)
  • Apply techniques to evaluate an unconscious victim. (EMC108)
  • Perform the techniques of initial assessment, signs/symptoms, allergies, medications, pertinent past history, last oral intake, events leading to injury or illness (brief medical history) (SAMPLE), trauma history, focused history, rapid trauma and medical assessment, focused and detailed physical examination, vital signs, and ongoing assessment. (EMC108)
  • Complete ten patient assessments in clinical, vehicular, scenario-based education during clinical rotation at an emergency department. (EMC108)
  • Summarize and submit a written report about the patient care observed in a designated clinical facility or vehicular assignment. (EMC108)
  • Identify and care for a patient in need of basic life support (BLS) in accordance with American Heart Association standards. (EMC108)
  • Use mechanical aids for airway, breathing and circulation. (EMC108)
  • . Administer oxygen to a patient suffering from respiratory compromise. (EMC108)
  • Identify and treat a patient in shock. (EMC108)
  • Identify and treat soft tissue injuries. (EMC108)
  • Identify and treat injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, and genitalia. (EMC108)
  • Stabilize and splint muscular skeletal injuries in extremities. (EMC108)
  • Identify and treat a patient with injuries to the head, brain, neck, spine, acute abdominal disorders, a toxicological emergency or communicable disease, a pediatric emergency, a behavioral emergency, an environmental emergency, an emergency related to diabetes, a respiratory emergency, and gynecologic or obstetrical emergencies. (EMC108)
  • Apply techniques used in lifting, moving, or positioning a patient to minimize discomfort and additional injury. (EMC108)
  • Apply techniques to extricate a victim from a vehicle. (EMC108)
  • Identify and use equipment assigned to an ambulance/rescue vehicle. (EMC108)
  • Triage and categorize patient care by priorities in a simulated situation. (EMC108)
  • Respond to a simulated disaster scene and identify management procedures to follow. (EMC108)
  • Apply techniques of assessment for a patient with intravenous (IV) fluids. (EMC108)
  • Identify and treat infiltration during IV infusions. (EMC108)
  • Define hazardous materials. (EMC108)
  • Describe and use the Department of Transportation and National Fire Protection Association identification and numbering systems for hazardous materials. (EMC108)
  • Describe clues for detecting the presence of hazardous materials by type of occupancy, container, etc. (EMC108)
  • Describe the chemical and physical properties of the major classifications of hazardous materials under the United Nations Department of Transportation system. (EMC108)
  • Explain the risk assessment consideration to be made by first responders at a hazardous materials incident, with special attention to the limitations due to lack of specialized protective clothing, equipment, and training. (EMC108)
  • Identify the hazards to health and safety created by hazardous materials emergencies and methods of personal protection. (EMC108)
  • Explain the potential roles of police, fire departments, industrial, pre-hospital and hospital personnel, and other governmental and private agencies at the scene of a hazardous materials emergency. (EMC108)
  • Identify the components of a pre-emergency plan for hazardous materials incidents. (EMC108)
  • Explain roles of and policy considerations for first responders at a confined space operation, with special attention to code and federal regulations. (EMC108)
  • Identify the risk assessment consideration made by first responders at a trench rescue operation. (EMC108)
  • Define requirements of the National Fire Protection Association 1710. (EMC108)
  • Complete EMT final written exams, in accordance with the Arizona Department of Health Services regulations. (EMC108)
  • Complete hazardous materials first responder final exams in accordance with AzCFSE requirements. (EMC108)

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