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Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences 1 & 2 – Program Overview

Instructor: Penny Kelly - Fire and EMS
Phone: 703-207-4093
Email:PKKelly@fcps.edu

Course Description

General Course Prerequisites:

  • Genuine interest in pursuing a career in the fire and rescue field
    Parental permission prior to specific activities
    Purchase and wear a selected uniform to wear on selected days
    Purchase of liability insurance
  • FEES:  This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.
  • Strong Attendance

Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences 1:

Course #:  833326 – Grades: 11, 12 – Credits:  One

This is part one (fall semester) of a two-part, full-year course. Students must also register for part two, Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences 2 for the spring semester. Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences prepares the student to enter the workforce or pursue further education in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Science. The principles and practices of emergency response and fire fighting will be explored under the direct supervision of a certified EMT-B instructor. The curriculum consists of planned learning experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and faculty supervised clinical settings. Students will have the opportunity to observe and interact with a variety of patients experiencing varying degrees of injury or disease that are carefully selected to provide appropriate clinical learning experiences. As preparation, students will be provided with ample lab practice to fully prepare them for the clinical experience and minimize risks. During the course of study, students will have the opportunity to earn the following six certifications: Healthcare Provider CPR, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), and Hazardous Materials Response, Bloodborne Pathogens, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Introduction to Incident Command systems (ICS 100B). Offsite clinical lab opportunities at Northern Virginia Community College, Medical Education Center (NVCC MEC), and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy will be available to the students. Students must purchase uniforms and liability insurance and meet current health agency requirements to participate in clinical experiences. Validated credit may be an option with NVCC. For more information, visit the academy web site. 

Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences 2:

Course #:  833426 – Grades: 11, 12 – Credits:  One

This is part two (spring semester) of a two-part, full-year course. Students must also register for part one, Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences 1 for the fall semester. Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences prepares the student to enter the workforce or pursue further education in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Science. The principles and practices of emergency response and fire fighting will be explored under the direct supervision of a certified EMT-B instructor. The curriculum consists of planned learning experiences in the classroom, laboratory, and faculty supervised clinical settings. Students will have the opportunity to observe and interact with a variety of patients experiencing varying degrees of injury or disease that are carefully selected to provide appropriate clinical learning experiences. As preparation, students will be provided with ample lab practice to fully prepare them for the clinical experience and minimize risks. During the course of study, students will have the opportunity to earn the following six certifications: Healthcare Provider CPR, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B), and Hazardous Materials Response, Bloodborne Pathogens, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Introduction to Incident Command systems (ICS 100B). Offsite clinical lab opportunities at Northern Virginia Community College, Medical Education Center (NVCC MEC), and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy will be available to the students. Students must purchase uniforms and liability insurance and meet current health agency requirements to participate in clinical experiences. Validated credit may be an option with NVCC. For more information, visit the academy web site.

Topics covered by this course are:

  • Ambulance Operations
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Assessments
  • Chemistry and Physics of Fire
  • Communication
  • CPR Professional Rescuer
  • Emergency procedures
  • Extrication
  • Fire Fitness
  • Guest speakers from local state and fire and rescue agencies
  • Hazardous materials
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Personal Safety
  • Pharmacology Rescue Operations

Certifications

  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Incident Management (FEMA)
    • IS-100
    • IS-200
    • IS-700
    • IS-800
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT - FEMA)
  • National Registry - Emergency Medical Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness VA Department of Fire Programs

Colleges/Universities

Graduates interested in Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences can continue their studies at a large variety of schools including:

Careers

The study of Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences may lead to these careers:

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Fire Inspector
  • Flight Medic

Professional Organizations