Firefighting Technology

Are you someone who would run into a burning building to make sure others are safe? Or be brave enough to be the first responder on the scene of an accident? This program will prepare you to be a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.

This very popular hands-on program will keep you fully engaged throughout the entire school year. You’ll get practice in everything from fighting fires to making mock ambulance runs on campus in a real fire truck and ambulance. You will learn master firefighting skills through the 240 level 2 firefighting certification as well as earning certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.

As part of your instruction, you will learn hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, rope rescue, and confined space rescue – all are provided as part of the exciting curriculum. You’ll learn how to safely manage fire within structures by actually entering into a controlled burn atmosphere in your senior year.

Successful graduates of this program are eligible for hire as a full-time Level II Firefighter (top Ohio certification) in any municipality, and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. As a firefighter, you’ll be called upon to assist those in dire need in many highly unusual circumstances. As an NREMT-B, you’ll be licensed to function as an ambulance attendant within, or outside of a fire department helping those with emergency medical needs anywhere in the country. You’ll also be eligible for further advanced training as a paramedic.

College Tech Prep

Butler Tech Firefighting Technology is a College Tech Prep program. You can earn up to 16 credit hours to apply to your college education if you choose that path. College Tech Prep combines college-like instruction with hands-on activities to prepare students for the technical occupations of the future and to provide a pathway to an associate degree or beyond.

College Tech Prep programs provide advanced skills in math, science, communication and technologies. The College Tech Prep program combines academic and job skills at all educational levels. Local business, industry and labor representatives design the courses, in addition to high school teachers and college faculty.

Industry-Recognized Credentials

Students have the opportunity to earn:

  • HazMat Operations Level Program Accreditation, Agency
  • Healthcare Provider CPR
  • Level II Firefighter
  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (NREMT-B)
  • Ohio Department of Public Safety, Fire Charter


Butler Tech Firefighting Technology is a full time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will apply their sophomore year.

For information about Butler Tech Adult Education programs for firefighting, EMT and paramedic, CLICK HERE.

Student Organization


Program Costs

SkillsUSA Fee: $25

Some equipment is provided. More details are provided upon admission to program.

Career Outlook

Direct career opportunities for Firefighting Technology graduates include:

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician

You can also choose to further your education with a paramedic certification at the Butler Tech Public Safety Educational Complex or enter into a two- or four-year degree program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Sinclair College, or the University of Cincinnati with advanced standing.

Use your newly acquired skills to work in corporate emergency management, private or emergency ambulance operations, firefighting, fire safety inspection, or industrial safety management.