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Firefighting Pathway

Why Firefighting?

Firefighters save lives on a daily basis. They are charged with the public safety in regards to fires and containing fires. They also are often the first line of defense for victims of serious and life-threatening medical trauma. Firefighters must react quickly to varying situations to ensure the safety of the public and stabilize and environment and minimize any damage. Teamwork is valued because firefighters usually work in teams with specific tasks for each. Firefighters use special equipment and training to ensure citizens are safe and fires damage is minimized. Some of the basic skills used include extinguishing fires, executing rescues, searching burning buildings to locate fire victims, driving and operating firefighting vehicles and equipment, conducting surveys and inspections for hazards and code enforcement, ensuring the availability of water at the fire scene by testing hydrants and requesting and verifying repairs, and evaluating medical emergencies while possibly working with paramedics. Physical, mental, and emotional strength are needed by individuals striving for a career as a firefighter.

Firefighters typically work for local governments and private industry. The job outlook is favorable for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. In Georgia, the job outlook for this field is expected to increase by 10.8% between 2012 and 2022 for an average of 1.0% per year through 2022. Occupations will include:

•    Municipal Firefighter
•    Forest Firefighter
•    Industrial Firefighter
•    Fire Investigator and Inspection
•    Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Responder
•    Emergency Management Director
•    Paramedic
•    Emergency Management Director
•    Police or Detective
•    Fish and Game Warden

The profession is growing slightly in Georgia. Most municipals offer an open test at needed times to help fill vacancies.

Firefighting Courses & Schedule

Firefighting Course Schedule

Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) is the first course in the pathway. This course provides students with career-focused educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program), basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law.

Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services 
Prerequisite: Introduction to Law, Public Safety Corrections and Security
Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services is the second course in the pathway. This course addresses the essential components needed for fire and emergency services. Students will be prepared for their third-course options that include the following: firefighting, emergency medical responder, and public safety communications. Students will explore career options, interagency communications, medical services, and basic firefighting standards.

Emergency Medical Responder 
Prerequisites: Introduction to Law, Public Safety Corrections and Security, and Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services
This is the third course in the Firefighting pathway. This course, along with the prerequisite courses, is designed to meet the requirements of NFPA® 1001, Fire Fighter I. This course is also based on the Basic Firefighting Training Program from the GA Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC). The Applications of Firefighting course requires strenuous physical activity. Students may be required to obtain a sports physical prior to the start of cours activities. Components of this course require a student to be eighteen years of age for participation and completion of that component (i.e. live fire).

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Firefighting

•    Anna Maria College
•    Athens State University
•    Atlanta Technical College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Columbia Southern University
•    Eastern Kentucky University
•    Fayetteville State University
•    Florida State College at Jacksonville
•    Georgia Northwestern Technical College
•    Georgia Perimeter College
•    Hampton University
•    Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale
•    Reinhardt University
•    University of Florida
•    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
•    West Georgia Technical College

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