Madison College High School Responder Academy

Start Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Fire Training Now

Motivated high school students can learn skills today for an EMR or Fire Technician job tomorrow. 

Fire departments need you. The training you’ll receive at Madison College prepares you for immediate job placement.

Main requirements

The NextGen Responders Academy courses are available to any Wisconsin high school junior or senior. Each student must come prepared to work hard and work as a team in this fast-paced, hands-on experience. We push students to see what they are capable of and have fun doing it. 

You will gain real-world experience and have the opportunity to talk with current and former fire department representatives and students.

Upon completing both the EMR and Fire Recruit Academies students will be certified for the following:

  1. Firefighter 1 
  2. Firefighter2  
  3. Hazardous Materials Operations Level 
  4. Nationally Registered Emergency Responders 
  5. CPR and Early Defibrillation  

If this becomes your passion and the profession for you, we assist students enroll in the Associate Degree Programs. We can offer help applying to fire and EMS internships.

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Enrollment steps

Talk to your school counselor to get started. (Courses may be available at no cost for some through the Start College Now program.) Earn college credit and learn what you need to pass national and state certifications.

  • Emergency Medical Responder

    Main Location: Madison Truax Campus

    30-513-310 - Emergency Medical Responder 3 credits

    This is the first level of the Emergency Medical Services System (EMS). Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting the arrival of additional EMS resources. Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) also assist higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Completion of this course prepares students for National certification and State licensure.

    Requirements: You must be capable of performing the actions authorized by the Department in Wisconsin Scope of Practice for the Emergency Medical Responder, capable of becoming certified in CPR at the Healthcare provider level, and not have an arrest of conviction record that is substantially related to performing the duties of an Emergency Medical Responder.

    Program Outcomes:

    1. This certification introduces the student to Emergency Medical Services, a broad healthcare pathway. The EMR course includes relevant content for all future healthcare providers in any setting.

    2. Our current and past students have continued their education in the areas of Nursing, Dental, Law Enforcement and Firefighting.

    -Spring and Fall course offerings are subject to change based on enrollment

    Download the Emergency Medical Responder Application

  • Fire Recruit

    Main Location: Madison Truax Campus

    10-503-100 - Fire Recruit Academy 5 credits

    200 hours of firefighting training prepares you for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. If you complete the Emergency Medical Technician course plus the Fire Recruit Academy, you’ll earn the Fire Service Certification Technical Diploma.

    Requirements: You should fully understand this course is physically and academically challenging.

    Program Outcomes:

    1. After successful completion of this course, you will meet the requirements to serve as a firefighter and earn five credits from Madison College.

    2. Internships

    Choose from several Dane County fire service internships. Employers hire our graduates because they are trained and job-ready on day one.

    -Spring and Fall course offerings are subject to change based on enrollment

    Download the Fire Recruit Application

2019 Fire Recruit Academy graduate, 2021 Madison College graduate
I appreciate everything this program has done for me and highly recommend to anyone who is even slightly interested in the career of firefighting.
2019 NextGen Responders graduate, 2021 Associate Degree graduate and 2021 current Paramedic student

Fire up your future

The NextGen Responders Academy is waiting for you! Complete a Start College Now application today!