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Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology

Macomb’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology Program will provide you with knowledge of fire prevention, protection and suppression systems and techniques, as well as the emergency medical skills necessary for employment as a firefighter or emergency medical technician (EMT). Upon completion of your coursework, you will be prepared to take the state and national certification exams required to be a firefighter and/or EMT. In addition to providing a pathway for those interested in public service positions, the program has also been designed for individuals interested in entering or advancing in the fire protection/suppression industry.

Fire Science degrees awarded: 8 in 2017-2018; 9 in 2018-2019; 8 in 2019-2020

Fire Science w/Academy degrees awarded: 7 in 2017-2018; 4 in 2018-2019; 7 in 2019-2020

Degree Outcomes

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology

  1. High pass rates on the EMT national registry examinations: Fall 2018: 91% , Winter 2019: 84%, Winter 2020: 94%, Fall 2020: 87%, Fall 2021: 100%
  2. High pass rates on the State Firefighter certification exam: 2021: 92%, 2020: 89% , 2019: 97.5%
  3. Save $20,000 by starting here - over 80% of our students leave debt free

Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology Courses at Macomb

  • Basic Emergency Medical Technician Lecture
  • Basic EMT Lab
  • Basic Fire Academy: Firefighter 1
  • Basic Fire Academy: Firefighter 2
  • Clinical Rotation for the Basic EMT
  • Introduction to Emergency Management
  • Principles of Emergency Services
  • Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival
  • Fundamentals of Fire Protection
  • Fire Behavior and Combustion
  • Fire Hydraulics and Water Supply
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Building Construction for Fire Protection
  • Fire Investigation

Career Opportunities in Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

Job-posting data can give you insights about employers seeking job applicants, where those jobs are located, and the average salary being offered. Use the Career Insights Tool to see national, state or metropolitan area information.

Data are provided by Burning Glass Technologies and drawn from large area samples. Data are not drawn from Macomb Community College-specific student or program outcomes.



Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in Macomb’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Technology 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.


International Fire Services Accreditation Congress (IFSAC): IFSAC Administrative Office, 1723 West Tyler Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74078, Fax: 405.744.8802.

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Fire and Emergency Medical Technology Program?

For more information, contact the Fire and Emergency Medical Technology Program advisor: Professor Kenneth Staelgraeve, 586.226.4991.

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