Firefighter Paramedic apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Firefighter Paramedic

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Firefighter Paramedic apprenticeship

O*Net code: 33-2011.01 RIAS code:  1091


Performs patient assessment. Maintains communication with medical facilities. Provides basic and advanced life support. Extricates victims from entrapment. Administers drugs. Conducts search and rescue operations. Controls and extinguished fires. Determines origin and cause of fires; identifies, collects, and preserves evidence. Applies extinguishing agents. Connects, lays and operates, hose, nozzles, valves, fittings, and other devices.

An apprentice Firefighter Paramedic shall attend and successfully complete a minimum of 1559 hour Firefighter Paramedic academy. This academy may be attended in more than one segment and shall be intensified classroom instruction and simulation exercise representing actual field conditions covering the following subjects:

  • Fire service organizations and responsibility
  • Fire behavior and extinguishment
  • Fire protection and safety
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Portable extinguishers
  • Ropes knots and hitches
  • Fire streams and nozzles
  • Fire Hose and Appliances
  • Ground ladders
  • Forcible ladders
  • Rescue
  • Ventilation
  • Fire Control
  • Salvage and overhaul
  • Fire protection water Supplies
  • Fire protection systems
  • Issues of diversity and harassment
  • Fire prevention and investigation
  • Fire alarm communication
  • Hazardous materials PRO
  • ICS 200
  • Emergency Medial Technician I (EMT-I) basic course
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic course (Approved by the EMS Authority having jurisdiction and meeting the minimum requirements specified in Title 22etc 
       On-the-job learning   Approximate hours
Controls and extinguishes fires 500
Performs patient assessment 700
Provides basic and advanced life support 900
Administers drugs 350
Maintains communication with medical facilities 300
Extricates victims from entrapment 250
Provides care to emotionally disturbed victims 100
Maintains equipment and apparatus 400
Prepares reports and maintains records 400
Maintains fire stations 350
Operates equipment for lifting, spreading, hoisting and pulling 400
Applies extinguishing agents 500
Connects, lays and operates, hoses, nozzles, valves, fitting, and other devices 300
Carries, raises, climbs, and lowers ladders 250
Operates hand tools and equipment 350
Uses battering, carrying, digging, prying, and striking tools 200
Operates equipment including lighting; ventilation; 200
and communication  
Performs salvage operations including the use of water  
Removal tools and equipment; removes debris and hazards 500
and safeguards property  
Determines origin and cause of fires; identifies, collects, and   
Preserves evidence 50
Participates in disaster drills 200
Conducts search and rescue operations 200
  Total hours: 8000

Related and supplemental instruction

An apprentice Firefighter Paramedic shall while on duty, attend and satisfactorily complete not less than 144 hours per year of related and supplemental instruction in approved subjects such as:

  • Fundamentals of fire suppression
  • Fire origin and cause determination*
  • Elementary chemistry
  • Elementary physics
  • Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of fire protection
  • Fire service hydraulics
  • Building construction for the fire service
  • Blueprint reading
  • Local codes and ordinances
  • Local fire prevention inspection practices
  • Introduction to fire prevention*
  • Pre-incident planning
  • Local hazards and conditions
  • Application of extinguishing agents
  • Records and reports
  • Personnel rules and regulations
  • Collective bargaining agreement/Memorandum of understanding
  • Local detection and extinguishing systems
  • Aircraft fire fighting and rescue procedures
  • Shipboard fire fighting and rescue
  • Wildland fire fighting
  • Petrochemical fire fighting
  • Emergency vehicle operation*
  • Issues of diversity and harassment
  • Street safety response
  • Hazardous material FRO refresher
  • Aids and infectious diseases
  • Wildland urban interface (I-Zone)
  • SEMS
  • ICS
  • EMT refresher/continuing education course
  • Introduction to wildland fire behavior
  • Code enforcement*
  • Instructional techniques, part I and II*
  • Pump operations*
  • Confined space
  • Rescue systems
  • High rise
  • All courses approve and/or required by the EMS Authority for Continuing Education
  • EMS at hazardous material incident
  • ICS for EMS

Mass casualty drills

* These subjects/courses are NOT recommended during the first half of the apprenticeship term.

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