155 Ayers Street, Barre VT 05641

Phone: (802)-476-6237

Fax: (802)-476-4045

What We Do

Students in Emergency Services are provided with the instruction required for entry level work or post-secondary training in the fields of Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science. Students will learn to demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills to analyze, synthesize and evaluate situations independently and in teams. They will apply emergency service response skills to manage an incident scene as a First Responder. They will make informed, healthy choices that positively affect the health, safety and well-being of themselves and others. The program begins the year with an initial exploration of Emergency Service classroom work (lecture, readings, and independent study projects) and transition into visits with local experts in the field. Students will participate in ‘ride alongs’ with local First Responders and fire departments.


Permission for off campus travel and a physical are required within 3 months of starting class (documentation must verify ability to lift 50 lbs.)



Successful students in this program have these academic opportunities available to them.

 - Dual Enrollment with Vermont Technical College (contingent on Accuplacer scores)

     * Fire Science 101

     * Emergency Medical Technician 101

 - CPR/AED Certification- American Heart Association

 - Healthcare Basic Life Support

 - Firefighting Level 1 Certification- VT Fire Service Training Council

 - Wildlands Firefighting Certification– VT Fire Service Training Council

 - Hazardous Materials Operations Certification– Vermont Fire Service Training Council

 - NIMS 100 Certification– Federal Emergency Management Agency

 - Emergency Medical Technician- National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians


Vermont Proficiency Alignment

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students in this program will be trained and assessed on the following high school-level academic proficiencies using the following indicators from Vermont’s Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements.

For more information about Vermont’s Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website here.


      Major Proficiencies:  1. Modeling    5. Geometry

      Minor Proficiencies:  3. Algebra


      1. Physical Science   2. Physical Science   3. Life Sciences


      1. Reading   2. Writing   3. Writing   4. Speaking & Listening   5. Speaking & Listening   6. Language


      1. Career Exploration   2. Career Clusters   3. Career Readiness   4. Work Readiness   5. Reading   6. Writing   7. Speaking & Listening   8. Digital Citizenship   9. Creative Communicator


      1. Communication   2. Self-Direction   3. Problem Solving   4. Citizenship   5. Integrative Thinking



Emergency Services Students use these industry-recognized texts, although others might be used throughout the year.

 - Emergency Care (Edition 13)- Daniel Limmer and Michael O’Keefe

 - Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills- Jones and Bartlett


Recommended Reading Level

Textbooks and the majority of class texts in this course are written at the following grade level. The first number correlates to the grade level and the decimal refers to the monthly progress throughout the year. For example, an 11.3 would translate to an “11th grade reading level, approximately 3 months into the school year.”

 - 14.3 (Emergency Care)

 - 12.0 (Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills)


Recommended Math Skills

Successful students in this program should expect to master these math skills. Previous preparation and training in these areas are critical for academic success in this program.

 - Use of military time

 - Fractions, decimals, and percentages

 - Ratios and proportions

 - Reading gauges

 - Metric to standard conversion

 - Basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)


CVCC Safety Exam

Every CVCC Program begins the year with a Safety Exam. Students are required to pass this safety exam before they can participate in program lab settings. For more information about these exams, contact the CVCC School Counseling Coordinator.

 - American Heart Association First Aid and CPR


Instructor Information

Instructor: Kim Richardson


Phone: (802).476.6237 ext. 1320


The Central Vermont Career Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color,

national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status in

admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

Click here to read our official Notice of Discrimination as a full document.

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