Great Plains Technology Center

Firefighter/EMT Academy

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This fulltime program is 6 months long covering the following courses:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Hazardous Materials - Awareness and Operations
  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II

Great Plains Technology Center's comprehensive Firefighter/EMT training program provides a detailed and in-depth overview of firefighting on a global scale. It covers various aspects of firefighting, including fire service careers, roles and responsibilities of fire service personnel, historical traditions, fire prevention techniques, firefighter safety protocols, public education on fire and life safety, fire investigation procedures, scientific terminology related to fires, building construction and how it affects firefighting efforts, fire detection methods, fire suppression techniques, the role of public and private support organizations in firefighting efforts, and the organization and management of fire departments. 

One critical area of focus is fire prevention. Participants learn the different strategies and techniques used to prevent fires from occurring, including education and outreach programs, as well as engineering and building design strategies. Students also learn the importance of maintaining fire safety standards and the consequences of failing to do so. 

Another important aspect is firefighter safety. Participants learn of hazards firefighters face when responding to fires and other emergencies, protocols and techniques used to mitigate risks. They learn the importance of effective equipment and gear use ensuring their safety and the safety of others. 

The program also covers emergency medical knowledge and skills necessary to care for the sick and injured in a pre-hospital setting. Topics include recognizing and treating respiratory and circulatory emergencies, trauma, medical emergencies, environmental injuries, emergency childbirth, and psychological emergencies. 

The Firefighter/EMT Academy prepares students to sit for the following EMT, Hazmat and Firefighter certification exams:

  • NREMT: Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certification (8701)
  • OFST: Firefighter I (5251)
  • OFST: Firefighter II (5253)
  • OFST: Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • OFST: Hazardous Materials Operations (5252)

Call 580-250-5535 to speak to one of our counselors for enrollment information. Apply today! Our next class starts July 10, 2023.

Click Here to Apply Online

If you completed the online application and are applying as an ADULT STUDENT, please call 580-250-5535 to set up an appointment with a career counselor to finalize your application. If you need a paper application, please call 580-250-5535.

Who Can Attend?

Adult Students


Lawton Campus

Useful Information

Program Begins

July & January

Nancy Howell, Firefighter Instructor

Nancy Howell, Instructor in firefighter gear

Name: Nancy Howell, Firefighter Instructor
Office Number: (580) 250-5582
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