Program Content: The firefighter portion of the program content includes, but is not limited to, orientation to the fire service, fire alarms and communication, vehicles, apparatus and equipment, fire behavior, portable extinguishers, fire streams, fundamentals of extinguishment, ladders, hoses, tools and equipment, forcible entry, salvage, overhaul, ventilation, rescue, protective breathing equipment, first responder emergency medical techniques, water supplies, principles of in-service inspections, safety, controlled burning, and employability skills. The EMT portion of the program content includes patient assessment for illness/ injuries, airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, treatment modalities for bleeding and shock, soft tissue injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, spinal injuries, medical emergencies, emergency childbirth, pediatric emergencies, emergency operations, i.e., hazardous materials, multi-casualty incidents, emergency extrication, transportation of patients to receiving facility.
1. Apply to Manatee Technical College here: https://manateetech.edu/apply-now
2. Attend a program information session. Call 941.752.8100, for more information.
3. Interview with Career Counselor
Clinical sites require a participating student to have an acceptable background check. Students who have previous felonies on their arrest records may not be permitted to participate in the program.
Drug Test: All students are given a drug test. A positive drug test will result in immediate withdrawal from the program. More details will be available at the time of enrollment.
Physical Examination and Immunizations
The physical must be dated within one year of the course start date. A medical form is enclosed which should be provided to the physician for completion. Immunizations required include:
Measle-Mumps-Rubella(MMR) – doses required with the 2nd dose at least one month after the first
Tdap- the last 10 years
Two PPD Skin Test (tuberculosis) – 1 anytime and 1 within the last year, TINE test not accepted
Varicella – Chicken Pox – 2 doses required or positive titer
Hepatitis B – recommended for this field
Length of Program: 792 hours or approximately 7.5 months full-time or 13.5 months part-time
Dual Enrollment Available: No
Industry Certification: Program graduates are prepared to earn FL-EMT and National Registry certifications. Program graduates are prepared to earn the Certified Fire Fighter (State of FL) certification.
Articulation: May be available towards credits at Florida public colleges/universities. Speak with a Career Counselor for more information.
Download State of Florida Frameworks Sheet: Firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technician – Combined
Required Books and Materials: Bookstore Page
Latest Employment Trends: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Regional Labor Supply Dashboard
Estimated Total: $6,300*
*An additional fee for a uniform, books, supplies, and various materials is required. Fees for certifications and/or licensure may or may not be required. The price is for in-state tuition. For out-of-state tuition, speak with a Career Counselor for more information. MTC is not an I-20 institution. State Sales Tax calculated at the point of sale
Location: MTC East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211 | 941.752.8100
Start Date: August, January
Day: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Evening: Tues, Wed, Thurs 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm AND Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
For More Information: Contact Mark Toler 941.752.8100 x 2134, Email