South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) Offers a Fire-Based EMT-Basic Course in Conjunction with Arapahoe Community College.
SMFR's fire-based EMT-Basic course provides the basic skills to work on an ambulance, apply for firefighting positions, work as an EMT in emergency departments and work ski patrols. Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take both the National Registry Practical and Written Examinations. Successful completion of these exams is required for certification in the State of Colorado.
Course Start Dates: Fall 2023 Dates: August 21, 2023 Through December 12, 2023
Spring 2024 Dates: January 16, 2024 Through May 7, 2024
Classroom Days: Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Classroom Times: from 6 p.m to 10 p.m.
Saturday Skill Days: eight (8) Saturdays. 3 (Three) Saturdays from 9AM to 4PM and 5 (five) Saturdays from Noon to 4PM
Classroom Location: South Metro Fire Rescue, 9195 E. Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112
Course Reference Materials (Student is required to procure and have for the 1st day of class): AAOS Emergency Care & Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition.
Please see 2024 Spring Schedule here: 2024 Schedule
- Ability to communicate verbally, via telephone and radio equipment
- Ability to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance)
- Ability to interpret written, oral, and diagnostic form instructions
- Ability to use judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations
- Ability to work effectively in an environment with loud noises and flashing lights
- Ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift
- Ability to calculate weight and volumes ratios and read small print, both under threatening time constraints
- Ability to read and understand English language manuals and road maps
- Ability to accurately discern street signs and address numbers
- Ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders
- Ability to document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such
- Ability to converse in English with coworkers and hospital staff as to status of patient
- Good manual dexterity, with ability to perform all tasks related to highest quality patient care
- Ability to bend, stoop, and crawl on uneven terrain
- Ability to withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture
- Ability to work in low light, confined spaces and other dangerous environments
- Minimum of 18 years of age prior to the start of the Clinical Rotations.
- Current American Heart Association Healthcare CPR for the Healthcare Provider (BLS) certificate
- Hepatitis B vaccination (one and two) or Titer
- Tetanus within the last 10 years
- MMR vaccinations (one and two) (or Titer)
- TB Skin test (within 3 months of the class start date)
- Current flu vaccination for the Fall and Spring Semesters
- Access the Application Process page to find information on Processes, Disqualifying Events and Release forms for Health Care students
- A Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen is required for all EMS students. In the event the student background check reveals any disqualifying factors or tests positive for a prohibited substance a student will be dismissed for the EMT program. View disqualifying events information. Please note: Criminal background checks and drug screens require a fee.
- Complete an ACC application and meet all admission requirements.
- Be at least 18 years of age to attend clinicals.
- Have a current CPR certificate American Heart Association Health Care Provider.
- Immunizations: Hepatitis B (the first two injections for EMT and full series for IV), MMR, Tetanus and Chicken Pox, TB skin test no more than 3 months prior to the start of class, seasonal flu vaccination.
- A Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen is required for all EMS students. In the event the student background check reveals any disqualifying factors or tests positive for a prohibited substance, a student will be dismissed for the EMS program. View disqualifying events information. Please note: Criminal background checks and drug screens require a fee.
- Read and sign the Functional Position Description - EMS Provider document.
- Contact Dennis Edgerly, Arapahoe Community College - Director of EMS Academy via email: Dennis.Edgerly@arapahoe.edu - advice him about your interest in registering for the South Metro Fire Rescue - EMT Course.
- All courses required for this program must be completed with a "C" or better. All exams required for this program must be completed with a "C" or better, with a cumulative score of a "B"or better at the conclusion of the course.
For questions related to SMFR's EMT Course, please email: Troy.Angelo@southmetro.org
For questions related to course Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Tuition & Fees, Registration, or Arapahoe Community College, please email: Dennis.Edgerly@arapahoe.edu
Accreditation of this program is through the Colorado Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Division. This agency may be reached at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80222-1530. Telephone: 303.692.2980.