Emergency Medical Services Training
The Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy is an accredited Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) Education Program through the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Additionally, the Fire-Rescue Academy serves as a Training Agency for providers to re-certify through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The FRA is also a credentialed American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center.
Lieutenant Melissa Simpkins oversees Emergency Medical Services Education Programs.
Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Recruit Programs
The Fire-Rescue Academy provides the initial training required for all sworn career members of the Baltimore County Fire Department. Recruits participate in a sixteen to eighteen week non-residential academy which prepares them to be successful once they are assigned to field operations. The curriculum is designed to familiarize recruits with departmental policies and procedures, introduce them to a lifetime of physical health and wellness, and provide the requisite training needed to function as an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic in the Baltimore County Fire Department. Individuals who successfully complete the recruit training program are awarded college credits through an articulation agreement with the Community College of Baltimore County.
Courses taught include:
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Emergency Vehicle Operator
- Protective Envelope and SCBA
- Hazardous Materials Operations
- Advanced Life Support Skills and Clearance Process (Paramedics only)
- Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (CCBC)
Instructor Steven Hinch oversees recruit training programs.
Advanced Life Support Program
In partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County, the Fire-Rescue Academy offers scholarships for the Paramedic Program. Through selective admissions, once the applicant is accepted into the 15 month program, the Fire-Rescue Academy may award the student with a scholarship for the CCBC Paramedic Program. This scholarship will cover the cost of 33 credits (approximately $4026 in tuition) for these students to complete the program.
The CCBC Emergency Medical Technology program paramedic core courses are completed over a 15-month contiguous and sequential period. Additional coursework to meet the certificate or degree options are recommended prior to entry into the program to promote student success. The clinical courses include scheduled rotations in some of the nation’s top hospitals and are integrated with field rotations with the Baltimore County Fire Department and/or the sponsoring agency of the student. Courses also include a combination of in-person classroom sessions and blended learning models.
Upon successful completion of the core program courses, the student will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exam. Psychomotor exams are hosted by CCBC and computer-based testing is available in the CCBC Pearson-VUE testing center.
To apply for admission to CCBC at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/apply
Paramedic Jaimie Philpott coordinates the Advanced Life Support Program.
CCBC ALS Scholarship Application
You must hand deliver the completed Baltimore County Fire Rescue Academy Packet to the to the Fire Rescue Academy once completed. The application deadline is March 31, 2023. For more information or assistance please email Lieutenant Melissa Simpkins.
Basic Life Support Program
Throughout the year, the Fire-Rescue Academy Staff conducts EMS training in support of the field operations division. The staff offers Tuesday In-Station EMS Training for the entire department. This training will satisfy the 12-hour Practical portion of the BLS Refresher. The Fire-Rescue Academy also supports the specific needs of any career or volunteer company upon request, including but not limited to AHA CPR; IV Technician; Initial Emergency Medical Technician courses and/or Initial Emergency Medical Responder courses.
EMT Rachelle Alexander coordinates the BLS Programs.