Fire Emergency Response Certificate

Fire Emergency Response Certificate

Career Description

The Fire Emergency Response Technician Certificate prepares students for careers as a firefighter, emergency response fields, security services, corrections, governmental services, public utility services, casinos, and dispatch and rescue teams.

Program Information

The Fire Emergency Response Technician Certificate prepares students to work in the fire and emergency medical response fields. The program provides advanced instruction in fire prevention, firefighting techniques, rescue, hazardous materials, and management of fire services. The program meets the objectives of the Minnesota State Fire Certification Board’s Firefighter I and II certifications. The Minnesota State Fire Certification board objectives are based on the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1001 Standard on Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand fire prevention and safety;
  • Safely suppress a fire;
  • Demonstrate how to properly don and doff appropriate personal protective equipment;
  • Predict fire behavior events based on visual indications on scene;
  • Recognize and mitigate safety hazards;
  • Perform basic rescue techniques;
  • Identify hazardous materials and how to safely manage these materials and situations;
  • Assess emergency situations and determine the appropriate care response;
  • Provide basic life support treatment;
  • Understand and participate in the incident command structure;
  • Assess and document subjective and objective patient information, treatment plan and patient progress; and
  • Communicate incident response needs to technician level responders, dispatch and incident command.


Minnesota State Fire Certification Board’s Firefighter I and II certifications American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification National Registry Emergency Medical Responder certification


Students must be at least 16 years of age, have medical clearance from a physician, and pass a personal background check conducted by the State of MN.

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Panoramic firefighters using Twirl water fog type fire extinguisher

Program Course Requirements

EMTS 1100 General OSHA Safety, 1 cr
EMTS 1104 Rescue Basics, 3 cr
EMTS 1122 Emergency Medical Technician, 9 cr OR EMTS 1124 Emergency Medial Responder, 3 cr
EMTS 1126 Fire Fighter I and II, 7 cr
EMTS 1132 Fire Fighter Practicum, 2 cr


Program Instructors

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Aubrey Beadell Advisor TRIOStudentSupportServices 218-855-8014 1
Nick O'Reilly Occupational Skills Program College Lab Assistant OccupationalSkills 218-855-8077 2
Kevin Lomax College Lab Assistant Automotive Faculty 218-855-8000 3
Jody Flynn Accessibility Services Assistant Accessibility 218-855-8056 5
Missy Tureson Box Office Assistant Theatre 218-855-8199 6
Deana Bobzien Instructor CollegeCareerStudies - Mathematics - Supportive Services 218-855-8339 7
Brianna Rajkowski Advisor TRIOStudentSupportServices 218-855-8228 8
Cynthia Dionysius AD Nursing Faculty NursingASDegree 218-855-8133 9
Tajia Anderson PSEO Specialist Admissions - CollegeCreditInHighSchool- PSEO 218-855-8079 10
Tracy Tschida Instructor Psychology - CollegeCareerStudies 2188-855-8328 11
Mike Fitcher Adjunct Instructor MachineTool 218-855-8000 12
Brent Balmer Videography CLA Videography 218-855-8727 13
David Gray Instructor History 218-855-8276 14
Jim Nagy Adjunct Instructor GraphicDesign 218-855-8157 15
Brandon Schneider Instructor HeavyEquipment 218-894-5179 16
Natalia DePauw Director of Dual Enrollment Advising - PSEO - CollegeCreditInHighSchool 218-855-8263 18
Amy Disterhaupt Admissions Specialist Admissions 218-855-8250 20
Nick Heisserer Instructor BusinessFaculty - StudentLearningAssessment 218-855-8089 21
Matthew Krueger Environmental Health and Safety Officer Maintenance 218-855-8115 22
Mark Lindquist Instructor Music 218-855-8236 23
Joy Larson Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Security 218-855-8143 24
Jeremy Goddard Bookstore/Print Shop Bookstore Supportive Services 218-855-8146 25
Sarah Jennissen Instsructor NursingAssistant - PracticalNursing - TrainedMedicationAid 218-894-5308 26
Kevin Lattu Upward Bound Advisor TRIOUpwardBound 218-855-8117 27
Cash Robinson Upward Bound Advisor TRIOUpwardBound 218-855-8076 28
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