Human Services
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Fire Fighting


Berrien Springs High School - Oronoko Fire Department

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Medical First Responder (MFR)

GRADES: 11-12

Class Description

Students enrolled in Fire Fighting I & II will become part of the Berrien Springs Oronoko Fire Department Cadet program. Cadets must be at least 16 years old and have a medical release form for emergency medical treatment. Cadets will be issued full personal protective equipment along with training manuals. This is a half-day program that includes more than 225 hours of state-mandated training and testing. Students who successfully pass all written and authentic testing will become state certified in Fire Fighting I & II upon reaching their 18th birthday and membership in a fire department. This certification is valid for employment anywhere in the state of Michigan.

Content Areas

  • Equipment and Apparatus
  • Department Organization and Operations
  • Bleeding and Wound Care
  • Splinting Fractures
  • Patient Assessment
  • Extrication of a Patient; and Patient Assessment

Career Outlook

Firefighters help protect the public against these dangers by rapidly responding to a variety of emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to put out a fire, treat injuries, or perform other vital functions.

Intense competition for jobs is expected.  Employment of firefighters is expected to grow by 5 percent from 2018-2028. Physically fit applicants with high test scores and some post-secondary firefighter education and paramedic training should have the best prospects.

The median annual wage of firefighters was $50,850 in 2019.

Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019-20 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Updated 11/20/2020