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Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician


  Program Description


Thompson Road Campus
6820 Thompson Road, Syracuse NY
Phone:  (315) 433-2635

Cortlandville Campus (Cortland)
1710 NYS Route 13, Cortland NY
Phone:  (607) 758-5260


Students who would like to serve their communities through the fast-growing field of emergency services will benefit greatly from the two-year OCM BOCES Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician program at the Madison County Emergency Management Training Center. This Career & Technical Education program, approved by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, allows students to work under the guidance of NYS fire instructors and prepare to earn certifications in Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO) and Emergency Medical Technical (EMT)-Basic. The half-day program combines an on-site classroom with access to facilities, equipment and trained personnel in the firefighting and emergency medical fields. Students will have the opportunity to earn high school and college credits and may be eligible for a CTE endorsement on their high school diploma, which signifies they have met a rigorous industry standard after successfully passing a technical assessment

Firefighting Technical Skills
  • Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (B.E.F.O.) Certification*
  • Safety and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Communications
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Ropes, Knots, Ladder Skills
  • Hose Skills
  • Entry skills
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Highway Safety*
  • Traffic Incident Management*
  • Wilderness Search and Rescue*
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations*
  • Courage to be Safe*
  • Situation Awareness Training*
*Certificate Offered
Career Opportunities
  • Firefighter
  • EMT and Advanced EMT levels
  • Paramedic
  • Fire Science
  • Certified First Responder
*Some of these careers may require additional training
Available Academic Credits
Available Credits
  • 3 CTE credits per year
  • 1 credit in science and math per year
  • College credits through Onondaga Community College
Industry Training Opportunities
  • Job Shadowing
  • Internships


*Advanced Employment - additional training may be necessary
Continuing Education Partners
  • Onondaga Community College