Emergency Medical Services to Firefighter Bridge Program

The EMS to Firefighter Bridge program allows current career members of the Baltimore County Fire Department who are Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics to be cleared to function as firefighters on suppression equipment.  The EMS to Firefighter Bridge program is run over a two week period in the spring and fall of each year.

Candidates must possess the following prerequisites to be considered for the EMS to Firefighter Bridge Process:

  • Firefighter II (MFSPQB, NBFSPQ, IFSAC or DoD-IFSAC certification)
  • Clearance through Mercy Employee Health Services for Firefighting Activity with current Form 503 on file
    Please note:  Members of the department who entered in the 105th Recruit Class or later must first receive medical clearance for firefighting activity.  Station officers should contact the Safety Office to request an EMS to Firefighter Bridge Physical.
  • Recommendation by the candidate's station officer and Battalion or Division Chief.

Preparing for the Bridge Program
After an candidate has been accepted into the bridge program, his or her station officer will be e-mailed the in-station objectives packet approximately eight (8) weeks prior to the start of the program.  This packet must be completed in its entirety in order for an individual to be able to participate in the program.  Additionally, candidates will be tested on the following skills on the first day of the program.  A candidate will have one same-day retest attempt for each skill (no remediation will be provided by the FRA staff).  If the candidate is unsuccessful on a retest attempt for either skill, he or she shall be ineligible to continue in the program.

Failing Any Portion of the Program
Candidates who are unsuccessful on the two requisite skills, or on any portion of the bridge program, shall be ineligible to continue in the program.  These candidates may reapply for future bridge offerings.  They will be required to complete the entire process from the beginning (to include the In-Station Packet).  No portion of the program will be excused.

Registering for the Bridge Program
To register for an upcoming EMS to FF Bridge Program, please visit the Training Classes page.