Three Firefighters in full gear inside of a building putting out a fire. Firefighter closest to the camera is holding a hose spraying water off screen.

Fire Service Certification Academy

Mid-State’s Fire Service Certification Academy is an innovative “school-to-work” program that allows Marshfield area high school students to prepare for fire protection and EMS careers while saving money on future college tuition, including Mid-State’s Fire Service Certification technical diploma. 

Developed in partnership with Marshfield area school districts and Marshfield Fire and Rescue, this program combines Mid-State fire and EMS classes for college credit with hands-on department shadowing, giving students a competitive edge as they prepare for a career in fire protection. 

Students completing the program will potentially earn credentials and EMT certification, qualifying them immediately for volunteer and possibly paid fire service positions. Classes are scheduled outside normal high school hours, and course sequencing allows students to complete program requirements during their junior and senior years of high school.

The program also includes options for any area high school student to take fire and EMS courses for career exploration or volunteer service.

Local demand for highly skilled firefighters is rising now—get ready to save lives.

Why Start in High School?

  • Save money on college tuition.
  • Graduate from college faster and start your career earlier with many classes already completed during high school.
  • Gain hands-on experience now and start making connections in your local fire department.
  • Possibility to earn a $500 incentive grant for completion of certifications. Ask your College Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Choose Your Path

Year 1 (Junior Year)

  • Basic Firefighting and Hazmat Ops* – 4 credits 
  • Advanced Firefighting – 2 Credits 
  • Firefighting Safety and Survival – 2 credits 

After successful completion of these three courses and passing the Firefighter I Certification Exam, students are eligible to take the state Firefighter 2 Certification Exam.

Year 2 (Senior Year)

  • EMT Basic – 5 credits
  • Mental Wellness for Emergency Services – 2 credits

After successful completion of these two courses, students are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Certification Exam.

Become a Volunteer Firefighter

  • Basic Firefighting and Hazmat Ops* – 4 credits

*After successful completion of the Basic Firefighting and Hazmat Ops course, students are eligible to take the state Firefighter I Certification Exam that meets the minimum requirement to volunteer at a local fire department. Fire departments may have additional requirements for volunteer firefighters.