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Fire Services and EMT
West Ada School District's Fire Services training program is one that offers students lots of hands-on practical experiences. The partnership between Meridian Fire Department, Nampa Fire Deparment, and the District allows students to often, and actively, participate in community service events, field experiences through on-site externships and evolutions held at the Meridian Fire Department's training tower. In the Fire Service I course (students second year in the program) junior students have the opportunity to participate in ride-alongs each month; whereas, in Fire Service II level course, as seniors, students are assigned a mentor from the Fire Department which they closely work with during their once-a-month 12 hour shift. In addition to the off-campus real-world portion of the fire service training curriculum, while in their two-period long classes at the tech center, students are frequently visited by chief fire officers and crew members. Classes are:
Orientation to Police, Fire, & Emergency Services - a one-semester class, taught off-campus at ADA Professional-Technical Center (located within Renaissance High School). This class is open to students throughout the district unless they attend one of the two Charter High Schools.
Fire Service I - this is a year-long class designed for 11th grade students. It is taught at ADA Professional-Technical Center as well as off-campus at Fire Department facilities.
Fire Service II - this is a year-long 12th grade class taught at the tech center. Students are mentored and engage in ride-alongs and shifts at a local fire station.
EMT-Basic - this is a year-long two-period class open to 12th graders. To be eligible, students must complete and pass levels I of Fire Service program classes or pass Health Professions 1/Sport Medicine. Students must also pass Medical Terminology their 11th grade year.
For complete details, see the current Course Description Handbook
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