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EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 3/21/2018 at 6:46 AM -- Refresh page to update message

Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Thursday, March 22, 2018, due to emergency weather conditions. Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:50 a.m. or earlier are canceled. Administrative offices will open on time. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled.

MENSAJES DE EMERGENCIA: 3/21/2018, 6:46 AM -- Refresque la página para actualizar mensaje

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) abrirán dos horas más tarde el jueves, 22 de marzo de 2018 debido a las condiciones del tiempo. El servicio de autobús escolar será provisto con dos horas de retraso. Los programas de prekindergarten, los programas de Head Start en la mañana, otros programas de medio día durante horas de la mañana y excursiones escolares quedan canceladas. Actividades y programas que comienzan a las 10:50 a.m. o antes quedan canceladas. Las oficinas administrativas abrirán en horario regular. Los programas de cuidado infantil en los edificios escolares podrán abrir en horario regular.

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Career Readiness for students

Fire Science and Rescue

Is the Fire Science and Rescue Program Right for You?

  • Do you like helping to keep your community safe?
  • Are you interested in firefighting services?
  • Are you interested in working in emergency medical situations?

About the Program

The Fire Science and Rescue program prepares juniors and seniors for a variety of careers in fire prevention and control and emergency medical technology. Students spend part of the day in their home high school and also attend formal training at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy. Students must complete a minimum of 393 hours of work-based learning and take certification exams. By the time they graduate from high school, students will have earned seven industry certifications and college credit. They can continue their postsecondary training at several colleges in the state.

Sample Courses

  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Firefighter I
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Firefighter II
  • Rescue Technician
  • National Incident Management Systems


  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Fighter I and II
  • National Incident Management Systems
  • Hazardous Materials Operation
  • Rescue Technician

Local Colleges Offering a Continuation Program

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • College of Southern MD
  • Montgomery College
  • Wor-Wic Community College
  • University of Maryland University College

How to Apply

Forms and timelines for the new programs will be posted in early January 2018 at Updates and information will be provided on the MCPS Career Readiness website.


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Career Opportunities

  • Firefighter
  • Fire inspector/investigator
  • Fire chief
  • Fire-line supervisor/manager
  • Fire systems technician
  • Emergency management director
  • Fire code Investigator

Where this Program is Offered

Students from the following high school clusters are eligible to apply*:

MCPS will provide transportation to the Public Safety Training Academy.

*Additional high school clusters may be available, depending on space and transportation.

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