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Fire Services Pathway (and EMT Options)

  • West Ada's Career Technical Education (CTE) Fire Services Pathway offers students lots of hands-on practical experiences. The partnership between Meridian Fire Department, Nampa Fire Department and West Ada's program allows students to often, and actively, participate in community service events, field experiences through off-campus 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, during the two-period long CTE Center classes, students are frequently visited by chief fire officers and crew members. Fire Services classes are open to students throughout the West Ada District unless they attend a district Charter High School. These classes are designed to teach the skills needed and required for students planning to begin a career in the field of Fire Service. Activities, drills and assignments simulate Fire recruit academies methods. 

    CTE Center - Renaissance Campus Classes:

    Orientation to Police, Fire, & Emergency Services - is a semester class. Students explore both the Fire Services Pathway and the Law Enforcement, Detention, Corrections Pathway. 

    Fire Service I - a year-long 11th grade class. Students participate in coordinated activities with local fire departments. Students must provide their own transportation to their externship activities.

    Fire Service II - a year-long 12th grade class. Students are mentored and engage in ride-alongs and shifts at a local fire station. Students must provide their own transportation to their externship activities.


    Optional EMT Training Options:

    Fire Services students may pursue taking the EMT-Basic class, which is a year-long two-period class open to eligible 12th graders. 

    Students have two options:   

    • Non-Technical College Credit Option: Fire Services students qualify to take EMT Basics by successfully completing Fire Service I.

    • Technical College Credit (TCC) Option: Credits are granted through an agreement with the College of Southern Idaho.  To earn these credits, students must complete both the Fire Services Pathway (Orientation, Fire I and Fire II) and the full EMT Pathway.  Course by grade level are listed below:
      • 10th Grade: Health Professions A & B
      • 11th Grade: Medical Terminomogy
      • 12th Grade: EMT Basic

    Also available - Pathway Brochures

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.