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Emergency Medical Services Paramedic/Firefighter

Our proudest moment is to save lives. - Chief Edward Croker, Former Chief, New York City Fire Department

What is a Paramedic/Firefighter?

Cross-trained in both paramedics and firefighting, a paramedic/firefighter is a first-responder to fires, traffic accidents and other emergency situations. In their dual role, they provide both firefighting and emergency medical services on the scene, including stabilizing and preparing fire or accident victims for transport to a hospital. Because first-responders trained in firefighting and emergency medical services can potentially save more lives, many municipalities now require their firefighters to be trained in both.

The Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic/Firefighter Program at Macomb

Combining paramedic and fire academy training, Macomb’s Paramedic/Firefighter Program will teach you how to provide emergency medical treatment to victims at fire and accident scenes and provide firefighting support. In the paramedic portion of your training, you will learn basic to advanced life support, preparing you to take the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry EMT state licensing exam. In the fire academy, you will learn basic fire suppression, prevention procedures and firefighting skills, preparing you for the state certification exam for firefighters.

Paramedic/Firefighter Courses at Macomb

In the Paramedic/Firefighter Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Basic Fire Academy – Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2
  • Basic Emergency Medical Technician Lecture
  • Basic EMT Lab
  • Clinical Rotation for the Basic EMT
  • Introduction to Paramedic Procedures
  • Pharmacology for the Paramedic 1 and 2
  • Paramedic Lab 1 and 2
  • Paramedic Lecture 2-4
  • Hospital Clinical Rotation for the Paramedic 1 and 2
  • Advanced Life Support Internship

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic/Firefighter

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate in Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic/Firefighter, you will be qualified for positions that include paramedic/emergency medical technician and firefighter.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic/Firefighter Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.


Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS and Trauma Systems Section: 201 Townsend Street, Lansing, Michigan 48913, 517.241.3026.

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP): 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-313, Rowlett, TX, 75088, 214.703.8445, Fax: 214.703.8992.,

Success Rates

The Emergency Medical Services Paramedic program’s 2015 pass rate for the National Registry Examination was 81% and 2016 pass rate was 87%. 

Occupational Outlook

Employment of Paramedic is projected to grow 23 percent to 2022.
Source: American Job Center Network

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Paramedic/Firefighter Program?

For more information on the Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic/Firefighter Program at Macomb, contact the Paramedic/Firefighter Program advisor: Daniel Media at 586.286.2069. or David Armstrong at 586.286.2188.

If you are an EMT applying to the Paramedic/Firefighter Program, you must complete the Paramedic Petition Form and submit the form along with a copy of your EMT license and transcripts to us by June 1 for the following fall start-up.

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