Fire and EMS

Fire student extinguishing live fire


  • Location: WANIC at LWTech
  • 3 High School Credits: CTE (1.0), Lab Science (1.0), PE (1.0), [Health (0.5) available to replace PE or Lab Science]
  • 2 Year Program Available
  • No Tuition
  • Program fees may apply Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students
  • College Credits and Certifications available: Contact WANIC to find out more

This is a full year 3-period Skill Center class (3 high school credits).

Learn the skills necessary to pursue a career in the fire service and to be an integral part of a community emergency response team. Taught by fire-fighting professionals. Students experience firefighter training, fire prevention, inspection and investigation, alarm systems, dispatching, CERT, and emergency medical services.

Students drill at Eastside fire stations in full bunker gear to further practice all this profession has to offer. Students read college level textbooks and practicing technical writing skills. This is a realistic mix of hands-on training and academic learning that closely imitates a career in this exciting field. 0.5 Health credit available to replace 0.5 PE or 0.5 Lab Science for Semester 2 upon request.

Students who successfully complete Year 1 may be eligible to apply for Year 2.


After graduation, students have several opportunities to further their education including:

Everett Community College (Everett, WA) The Fire & EMS program has an agreement with Everett Community College. The first four classes in the Fire Science program are waived due to the scope and breadth of our program. This allows WANIC students to seamlessly merge into the ECC Fire Academy, the EMT class, and the Fire Science Program.

Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA) CWU offers a Bachelor of Science Paramedicine degree.

Chemeketa Community College (Salem, OR) and University of Alaska-Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK) These schools offer unique programs including many aspects of the fire service (suppression, investigation, prevention, and more). These programs allow the students to intern as a firefighter.



Course Expectations: Fire & EMS. Located at WANIC Skill Center

Reading Expectations of this class:

We utilize two different books, EMS and Firefighting Essentials. Our general reading level is often 8th grade level but some material is college level.

Writing Expectations of this class:

Each week we have a written quiz on the material covered. We also have a monthly test over the information covered each month.

Math Expectations of this class:

Not applicable

Science Expectations of this class:

Since students earn a lab science credit, our textbooks cover a variety of the physical and applied sciences.

Homework Expectations of this class:

The homework reading requirement is usually 1 chapter per week and completion of weekly health logs.

To be successful in this class, the student should be prepared to:

Our biggest expectation is that our students TRY. Just give it your best effort and we promise it will be a good experience. Critical thinking is extremely important for Fire & EMS training. Maturity, self-motivation, and impulsivity control are required in this program. We pride ourselves on adapting and accommodating students with disabilities.

We follow an attendance policy similar to business and industry; the student is considered an employee or a professional and is expected to be in full daily attendance and actively participating to assure that maximum learning and productivity are achieved. This program includes numerous hands-on activities which can be attained only by being in attendance. Applying and practicing skills are critical to demonstrating competency.

Additional Information:
  • 0.5 Health credit HEO511 available upon request to replace 0.5 PE or 0.5 of Lab Science for Semester 2.
  • Prerequisites Year 2: Successful completion of Year 1 and instructor approval.
  • CTE Dual Credit - College Credit May Be Available.