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
- Search and Rescue
- 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
This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.
This course is held at Mid-Coast School of Technology .