EMT/Fire Training

Program/Enrollment Questions?
Call (440) 891-7732.

Are you resourceful? Are you quick on your feet? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment? Do you have an interest in a medical, public safety or fire service career? If so, a career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or a firefighter might be just what the doctor ordered. 

This Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed to provide you with the Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician curriculum which is a combination of lecture and practical skills. You will participate in shadowing experiences with local emergency rooms and local fire department rescue squads. Some examples of the curriculum are basic anatomy, medical terminology, vital signs, patient assessment, and medical report writing. Upon completion, you will (provided you meet all requirements of the program) take the National Registry EMT – Basic Exam which is the certifying exam for the state of Ohio.

The 260 hour Firefighting course provides the highest level of fire training that is required in the state of Ohio. The student will learn all aspects of firefighting and both academically and practically. Upon completion, you will (provided you meet all requirements of the program) take the state certifying exam.

 This program is offered in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Health System EMS Academy and the Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus Fire Training Academy.

As an Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training student, you will receive a laptop computer on loan for the duration of the time spent in the program.


High School Credit Junior Year
Emergency Medical Technician/Fire Training: 2.5, 
Technology: .5, 
Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit
Cuyahoga Community College

Program Resources

Course of Study/Syllabus

Additional Information

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 305.00

Senior: $  30.00

EMT/Fire Training 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Mr. Joshua Allen, Cleveland Heights Fire Department
Chief Ray Anthony, Columbia Fire Department
Lt. Tod Baker, Madison Fire District
Chief Jeff Branic, Strongsville Fire Department
Mr. Sean Davis, Auburn Career Center
Mr. Ted Huffman, Cuyahoga Community College
Lt. Matt Lynch, Brook Park Fire Department
Ms. Michelle Meadows, Southwest General EMS Department
Mr. Jon Nych, Cleveland Heights Fire Department
Mr. David Sirl, Parma Heights Fire Department
Mr. Oscar Skavdahl, Middleburg Heights Fire Department
Mr. Daniel Waitkus, Cuyahoga Community College – Fire Academy

Emergency Medical - Vigh

Teacher: Susie Vigh

Email: svigh@polaris.edu
M Ed Education, Kent State University
BSRRT – Technical Education, University of Akron
Associate Respiratory Therapy, University of Akron
Certifications: Nationally Registered Paramedic; Firefighter; Emergency Medical Services Instructor; CPR & ACLS Instructor; Respiratory Care Practitioner
Years at Polaris: 9
Industry Experience: 26 years in Respiratory Therapy, 30 years in Fire/EMS-19 years active on a fire department, 11 years in EMS education paramedic instructor at Auburn Career Center, 7 years Lakeland Community College, currently on Munson Fire Department
Interests/Hobbies: Fishing, boating, photography, and travel


  • Pre-hospital emergency medical procedures
  • Pre-hospital emergency medical assessment
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • 911 dispatching
  • Firefighting techniques & equipment
  • Search & rescue
  • Chemical hazards
  • Hazardous materials handling
  • Emergency medical procedures
  • Fire prevention & safety
  • National Incident Management Systems 100 & 700 training


  • Training simulators
  • Emergency response equipment
  • Splints, backboards & stretchers
  • Computer and telecommunications equipment
  • Cardiac defibrillators/monitors
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Mast pants
  • Ladders
  • Fire hoses
  • Protective clothing
  • Breathing apparatus

Career Options

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Emergency Room Assistant
  • Prerequisite to Paramedic training
  • Private ambulance
  • Firefighter
  • Military corpsman

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Paramedic
  • Registered Nurse
  • Physician
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Emergency Management Worker
  • Hazardous Materials Team Specialist
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Airport Emergency Management