The Rescue Technician certificate program provides an opportunity for students to obtain basic and advanced instruction in technical rescue. The areas include Vehicle Extriction, Trench Rescue, High and Low Angle Rope Rescue, Water and Ice Rescue, Confined Space Rescue and Structural Collapse Rescue. The program meets the minimum requirements for a Rescue Technician as outlined by the National Fire Protection Association. This certificate consists of technical coursework, providing a focus on technical hands-on training to enable the student to become familiar with basic and advanced level aspects of the technician rescue field for the fire service.
Nationwide demand exists for students wanting to become professional fire fighters. Typically job titles will be as a starting fire fighter with a municipal fire department, but in some cases industry or other governmental institutions will hire graduates with these capabilities.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Firefighter in the state of Minnesota is $14.49 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 2.5%, a high-growth career.
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|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|EMTB 1101||Emergency Medical Tech||6|
|FIRE 1130||Rescue Theory & Practices||1|
|FIRE 1165||Technical Rescue||2|
|FIRE 2263||Adv Vehicle/H2O Rescue||3|
|FIRE 2265||Adv Trench/Struc Rescue||3|
|FIRE 2267||Adv Con Space/Rope Rescue||3|
1. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study prior to entering FIRE courses. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.
2. Students must have an "eligible" status through the State Motor Vehicle Records Check system.
3. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
4. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form prior to enrollment in FIRE courses.
5. All students must have structural firefighting personal protective equipment, which consists of a helmet, protective hood, coat, pants, gloves, and boots.
Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
The program minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 46
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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