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If you are interested in a career in the fire service and/or emergency medical services (EMS), below is information that will be useful to follow that will help guide you on your path to obtaining one of these careers.


GUIDE TO GET HIRED

Obtain an approved CPR certification for Healthcare Providers
           - This is usually a four hour to eight hour class.  This certification is required by every fire
             department, as well as AZ-DHS to become an EMT.  PVCC offers this class (EMT101 or
             HCC109) on campus each semester. Please check the class schedule for availability.

Obtain EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certification
           - In order to become a firefighter, you must have at least an EMT certification. EMT104
             is a 9 credit course offered each semester, and upon successful completion of the course,
             PVCC will approve you to take the NRT exam to become certified. PVCC offers multiple
             class sections of EMT104 each Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Please check the
             class schedule for availability.

Start pursuing an Associate's Degree/Professional Certificates by enrolling in Fire Science and EMT
         classes today!

           - This day and age, fire departments are putting more emphasis on having a Fire Science
             and EMT education background.  PVCC offers degree and professional certificate programs
             consisting of numerous fire science and EMT classes.  These courses range from Emergency
             Cardiac Care and Pharmacology to Intro to Fire Service Selection, Fitness & Conditioning for
             Firefighters, CPAT, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Fundamentals of Fire Prevention,
             Intro to Fire Suppresion, Firefighter Operations Academy, and much more.
             See our Advising & Degrees page for more information on degrees and certificates.

Start Testing with Various Fire Departments
           - It’s never too early or too late to test. Getting to know the testing process will only benefit you. 
             Don't settle yourself short by testing with just one department.  There are numerous fire
             departments in Maricopa County alone and that number is only going to grow since the
             Phoenix-Metropolitan area is the second fastest growing metropolitan in the United States.

Obtain Firefighter I & II State Certification
           - The Firefighter Operations Academy, also referred to as the Firefighter I & II Academy, is a
             great way to gain experience and knowledge of what it takes to become a firefighter. The
             academy exposes you to the physical demands of a firefighter, such as live burns, vehicle
             extrication, hose lays, ventilation, and more, as well as introduces you to fire department
             culture within the fire service.

Network
           - Just like in any other job, you will need to build a reputation and get to know more about your
             future employer.  Here are some ways to help with that:
                       ♦ Volunteer with the Union - Contact your local fire department for information on their union.
                              • United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493
                       ♦ Join a Firefighter Mentorship Organization -
                              • Emerald Society
                              • Firefighters for Christ
                              • JW Robinson Society
                              • Los Bomberos
                       ♦ Volunteer within the Fire Department -
                              • CR Van
                              • Cadet Program
                       ♦ Do Ride-a-Longs - Contact your local fire department to setup a ride-a-long.


LIST OF ARIZONA FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Below you will find a list of various fire departments throughout the state of Arizona with general
information about each department (information subject to change):

ARIZONA FIRE DEPARTMENTS
**This list does not reflect every fire department in Arizona**

DEPARTMENT

LOCATION

STATIONS

REQUIREMENTS

RESERVES

Apache Junction

East of Phoenix

4

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Avondale

Southwest of Phoenix

3

EMT, Fire I & II, CPAT

No

Avra Valley

North of Tucson

2

EMT, Fire I & II

Yes

Buckeye (Town)

West of Phoenix

4

EMT, Fire I & II, Wildland , & CPAT

Yes

Buckeye Valley

West of Phoenix

2

EMT, Fire I & II

Yes

Casa Grande

Between Tucson & Phoenix

3

EMT, CPAT

No

Chandler

Southeast of Phoenix

10

EMT, CPAT

No

Cottonwood

Between Prescott & Flagstaff

1

EMT, CPAT

No

Daisy Mountain

North of Phoenix

4

EMT, CPAT

No

El Mirage

West of Phoenix

1

EMT, Fire I & II

No

Flagstaff

Northern Arizona

7

EMT, Fire I & II

No

Fort McDowell

Northeast of Phoenix

1

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Gila River

South of Phoenix

3

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Gilbert

East of Phoenix

9

EMT, CPAT

No

Glendale

Northwest of Phoenix

9

EMT, CPAT

No

Golder Ranch

North of Tucson

4

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Goodyear

Southwest of Phoenix

3

EMT, Fire I & II, Wildland, & CPAT

No

Guadalupe

South of Phoenix

1

EMT, Fire I & II, Wildland, & CPAT

Yes

Lake Havasu

Northwestern Arizona

5

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Mesa

East of Phoenix

17

EMT, CPAT

No

Northwest

North of Tucson

8

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Peoria

Northwest of Phoenix

8

EMT, CPAT

No

Phoenix

Phoenix

57

EMT, CPAT

No

Prescott

Northern Arizona

5

EMT, Fire I & II, Wildland, & CPAT

No

Rio Verde

Northeast of Phoenix

1

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

Yes

Rural Metro

Pinal & Maricopa County

10

EMT, Fire I & II, Hazmat

Yes

Salt River

East of Phoenix

3

EMT, Fire I & II, & Wildland

No

Scottsdale

East of Phoenix

14

EMT, CPAT

No

Sun City

Northwest of Phoenix

3

EMT, Fire I & II, Wildland, & CPAT

No

Sun City West

Northwest of Phoenix

3

EMT, Fire I & II, Wildland, & CPAT

No

Sun Lakes

Southeast of Phoenix

2

EMT, CPAT

No

Surprise

Northwest of Phoenix

7

EMT, CPAT

No

Tempe

East of Phoenix

6

EMT, CPAT

No

Tolleson

Southwest of Phoenix

1

EMT, Fire I & II, CPAT

Yes

Tuscon

Southern Arizona

21

EMT, CPAT

No

**For up-to-date information regarding a specific department, please contact their
main offices.


EXTERNAL FIREFIGHTER/EMS JOB POSTING SITES


Contact Us

PVCC EMT/FIRE SCIENCE OFFICE
Phone: (602) 787-6782
Fax: (602) 787-6715
Email: pvcc.fsc.emt@gmail.com
Location: L Building (Map)

Fall & Spring Semester Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

**Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  For more information please visit the PVCC Accreditation webpage.**

Staff

Paul Sunder
Fire Science Program Director
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(602) 787-6736
paul.sunder@paradisevalley.edu

Dan Donahue, MS NRP
EMT Program Director
Captain/Paramedic, Phoenix Fire Department
(602) 787-6552
daniel.donahue@paradisevalley.edu

Robert Dotterer, MEd NRP
Paramedic Education Program Director
Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(623) 640-6633 - cell
robert.dotterer@paradisevalley.edu

Julie Morgan
Interim Public Safety Lab Associate (PSLA)
(602) 787-6782
julie.morgan@phoenixcollege.edu

Kyle Netzel
Interim Public Safety Lab Associate (PSLA)
(602) 787-6782
kyle.netzel@paradisevalley.edu

Brandon Sunder, BA NRP
Fire Science/EMT Program Assistant / Website Admin
(602) 787-6782
brandon.sunder@paradisevalley.edu

Bill Loughran, RN
Paramedic Education Program Lead Instructor
(602) 565-8532
william.loughran@paradisevalley.edu

Paul Honeywell, NRP
Paramedic Education Program Lead Instructor
paul.honeywell@paradisevalley.edu

William (Bobby) Finn
Firefighter I & II Academy Coordinator
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department
william.finn@paradisevalley.edu

John Sheridan
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Engineer/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department
jsheridan55@hotmail.com

Tim Venard
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Captain/Paramedic/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department
timothy.venard@paradisevalley.edu

PVCC Fire Science/EMT