Firefighter I and II Program
The Firefighter Program is a State of Michigan approved Firefighter I & II certification class. Students must attend a minimum of 90 percent of classroom training, 100 percent of practical skills training and submit homework assignments and pass the class with a 70 percent or higher to be eligible to test for the Michigan Firefighter I & II Certification, which is necessary to become either a part-time or full-time firefighter.
The program is run in a para-military fashion, with students wearing required uniforms and daily inspections. In addition, students will be required to participate in physical training (PT) sessions at least twice a week, doing strength and cardiovascular training under the direction of certified fitness trainers. Protective clothing weighs 25 pounds, with the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) weighing another 25 pounds.
In addition to the 2 period block for normal class meeting times, one additional Saturday per month is required, allowing the students more time to get into scenario-based practical skills training. While individual skills must be completed, emphasis is placed on teamwork. Students will be broken down into work groups, called platoons, for much of the required coursework.
During the fire academy, students will be encouraged to apply for Fire Cadet positions in the fire department serving their area. This is not required, as student schedules and home situations may not make this available to students. Fire Cadets are part of a structured program, giving cadets exposure to the fire station, familiarity with apparatus and co-workers, and gives them a roadmap on how to proceed in the organization to a full-fledged firefighter position. See your counselor for program application.