Programs of Study
- First Responder & Fire Academy
- Advanced Manufacturing & Business Academy
- Culinary Arts
- Healthcare Science
- Information Technology
- Law & Justice
- Applied Engineering
The First Responders Academy is here!
Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy introduces the First Responders Firefighting Pathway.
Firefighting will prepare students, upon graduation, for entry-level careers and post-secondary education in the field of Public Service.
This course trains the recruit for a career in fire service using methods designed to enhance cognitive skills through hands-on practicals and classroom learning. It will provide the recruit with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform safely and effectively throughout their career. This course focuses on an intense hands-on approach to all aspects of firefighting and scene safety. Special emphasis will be placed on the skills necessary to achieve a successful career with the Whitfield County Fire Department.
You could be a professional firefighter by the time you graduate high school!
Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 Certifications
This course, along with the prerequisite courses, is designed to meet the requirements of NFPA® 1001, Fire Fighter I. After completing this course, the student will be able to sit for the exam to certify as a Firefighter I per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. This course is also based on the Basic Firefighting Training Program from the GA Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC). GPSTC has teacher-trainer resources (including skill sheets for those that are required) and recommended text. The prerequisites for this course are Introduction to Law, Public Safety Corrections and Security, and Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services.
The Applications of Firefighting course requires strenuous physical activity. Students, parents, and school officials are encouraged to review and discuss the physical requirements prior to the student’s enrollment in the course. Schools may choose to recommend that a student obtain a sports physical prior to the start of course activities. Components of this course require a student to be eighteen years of age for participation and completion of that component.