As a volunteer at CVFC, you will have the opportunity to train as a firefighter or an EMT, or both. We also accept people with certifications who want to transfer to our station. This page will give some information specific to these two tracks.
Firefighter 1 is a 108-hour class that certifies you as a functional firefighter.
Upon completing firefighter 1, there are a number of training oppertunities including:
- Firefighter 2
- Firefighter Survival and Rescue
- Rescue Technician
- High Angle Rescue
- Swiftwater Rescue
- Vehicle and Machinery
- Trench and Confined Space
- Hazmat Technician
- Pump Operator
10 Traits of a Good Firefighter
- Physical Fitness
- Team Player
- Problem Solver
- Presents a Positive Image
EMT is a 164-hour course that prepares students to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Due to the length of this class, it is often offered 3 days a week (2 weekday nights and 1 weekend day) although some classes are offered with just 2 weekday evenings. Upon completion of the course, students are required to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NR-EMT) written exam and the Maryland State Psychomotor Exam in order to obtain EMT certification. Students will take the Maryland State exam with their class; however, the written exam can be completed at any Pearson-Vue testing center by making an appointment.
In light of the evolving nature of EMS and medicine, all EMS providers (EMTs and Paramedics) are required to complete a knowledge and skills refresher every two years. In addition to this refresher class, there are a number of opportunities for continuing education in the form of virtual and in-person presentations and lectures.
Opportunities for Advancement:
After completing EMT, members have several opportunities for advancement.
- IV Technician: This class allows EMTs to initiate IV access to patients when clinically appropriate. This 24 class typically involves a classroom portion and then a rotation at a local hospital for skills work.
- Paramedic: Paramedic is a 2-year program administered via local community colleges such as CCBC. Paramedics are able to perform a wide variety of life saving and stabilizing procedures and treatments in the field.
Cockeysville VFC Specific Information:
In order to best serve the public, CVFC used advanced scheduled staffing on the ambulance. Our shifts are 7am-3pm and 3pm-10pm 7 days a week. Members submit availability by the 15th of the month for next month’s schedule.
Tips for Sucess
- Study, Study, Study! EMT has a lot of material to learn.
- Get Started Early! The more you ride the medic, the more you learn.
- Members at the station are eager to help you practice skills. Just Ask!
- Don’t wait until the last minute to do your 10 ride along calls.
- Remember that 10 calls is just the minimum, ride as much as possible.
- Ask the staff to be an active part of patient care, then ask for feedback after the call.
- You can never take enough blood pressures. Ask your friends, family, co-workers, and of course, brothers and sisters at the firehouse.