Career Readiness for students

Fire Science and Rescue

Fire Science & Rescue Academy Update:

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Administration (MCFRA) made the decision to cancel the Cadet and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs for juniors and seniors this school year. MCFRA plans to restart the program for the 2022-23 school year and students interested in a career in Fire Science & Rescue are encouraged to contact their local fire station to see if opportunities are available to volunteer.

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.


  • Mr. Shawn Krasa, Supervisor, Work Based Learning via email at or by phone at 240-801-0919

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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 all high school clusters are eligible to apply.
Transportation to the Public Safety Training Academy is available from these high school clusters: