HUMAN AND PUBLIC SERVICES

Fire, Emergency Medical
Services and Paramedicine

INTERESTED IN BEING A PARAMEDIC OR A FIREFIGHTER?

Check out Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Paramedicine.

What is it?

Emergency Medical Service personnel respond to 9-1-1 emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility. Firefighters are highly skilled men and women who respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environmentisatrisk.

What will I do?

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) perform basic life support skills including physical assessments, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bleeding control, splinting, bandaging, and administer basic medications. Paramedics perform additional advanced life support skills including inserting IVs, inserting advanced airways, interpreting heart rhythms, and administering IV medications. Firefighters combat, extinguish, and worktopreventfiresintheircommunities. They provide search and rescue, hazardous material control, disaster response, water rescue, and arson investigation.

Leads to these jobs:

  • Emergency Department Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Investigator
  • Hazardous Materials Operator
  • Municipal Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physician’s Office Technician
  • Registered Nurse

Is this for me?

  • Work well under pressure
  • Compassion
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication
  • Courage
  • Quick decision making

Employer Spotlight: TROY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

The Troy Fire Protection District covers all of Troy Township as well as the Village of Shorewood. We provide fire prevention and emergency medical services with 2 ALS paramedic ambulances, 2 ALS paramedic fire engines and 1 ALS aerial (ladder truck).

We operate from 2 fire stations in Shorewood with a total of 12 full-time and 2 part-time firefighters on duty at all times.

In-Demand Occupations in Illinois

Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

  • Education Level: High School
  • Median Salary: $46,118
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 15%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 2,380

Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

  • Education Level: Certification
  • Median Salary: $31,623
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 10%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 9,160

Health Technician

  • Education Level: Certification
  • Median Salary: $42,323
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 2%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 4,790

Firefighter

  • Education Level: Certification
  • Median Salary: $51,849
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 4%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 12,700

Source – Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2019

HEALTH, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HUMAN SERVICES @ JJC

The Fire Science Technology program at JJC is designed to teach students fire protection fundamentals and prepare them for entry-level positions in the fire service industry. All fire science instructors are currently full-time or retired firefighters with vast experience from every level of the profession.

Learn more at www.jjc.edu/academics

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING FIRE, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND PARAMEDICINE

talk to your school counselor or teachers about what next steps to take.

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