Fire Fighting / EMT

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Mid-Coast School of Technology has partnered with the local fire departments to offer a Firefighting Training Program and will be offered in the morning session only. Interested applicants must go through a screening process to determine their eligibility for the program and should do the following:

1.    Register for the program with their school counselor and complete MCST Application.
2.    Sign up with their local fire department as a volunteer.
3.    Provide two letters of recommendation prior to beginning class; one from their local fire chief and another from a non-family member.
4.    Students need to arrange interview with Student Services Coordinator or Firefighting instructor.
5.    Students are expected to maintain B average in their classes and/or be highly recommended as capable of completing Firefighting program.
6.    Students should be aware that this program requires a commitment outside the regular school day for training (some evenings & weekends).

Upon successful completion of both written and skills exams, a letter of achievement from their local Fire Chief will enable each student to receive six credits from Southern Maine Community College. In addition, students receive a national certification recognized in 34 states.


This class requires that students achieve and maintain a level of physical fitness to enable the individual to be able to chop, lift, drag, and climb.  Students will be expected to climb ladders to over 30 feet; chop holes in roofs; drag fire hose; set up ladders, wear a SCBA backpack, and work as a team.

The following course topics are covered:

  • History and Orientation of the Fire Service
  • Fire Fighter Safety
  • Fire Service Communications
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Fire Behavior
  • Building Construction
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Fighter Tools and Equipment
  • Ropes and Knots
  • Response and Size-up
  • Forcible Entry
  • Ladders
  • Search and Rescue
  • Ventilation
  • Water Supply
  • Fire Hoses, Nozzles, Streams and Foam
  • Fire Fighter Survival
  • Salvage and Overhaul
  • Fire Fighter Rehabilitation
  • Wildland and Ground Fires
  • Fire Suppression
  • Preincident Planning
  • Fire and Emergency Medical Care
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Vehicle Rescue and Extrication
  • Assisting Special Rescue Teams
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Fire Prevention and public Education
  • Fire Detection, Protection and Suppression Systems
  • Fire Cause Determination



Mike Drinkwater

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This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.


This course is held at Mid-Coast School of Technology .