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.

Firefighter Technician Academy

Mid-State’s Firefighter Technician Academy is an innovative “school-to-work” program that allows area high school students to prepare for fire protection and EMS careers while saving money on future college tuition, including Mid-State’s Fire Protection Technician associate degree program.

Developed in partnership with local fire departments and school districts, this program combines Mid-State fire and EMS classes for college credit with hands-on department shadowing, giving these 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.
  • With many classes already completed during high school, graduate from college faster and start your career earlier.
  • Gain hands-on experience now and start making connections in your local fire department.

Choose Your Path

Year 1: Junior Year Fire Academy
Year 2: Senior Year Fire Academy
Become a volunteer by taking two classes