How Do I Become A Firefighter?

How to Become a Firefighter/EMS Provider

There are two firefighter levels in Ohio with different hourly training requirements:

  1. Firefighter I: 136 hours
  2. Firefighter II: 256 hours

There are 2 EMS levels in Ohio with different hourly training requirements. Most fire departments 

  1. EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)- An EMT is specially trained and certified to administer basic emergency services to victims of trauma or acute illness.
  2. Paramedic- Paramedics provide more extensive pre-hospital care than do EMTs.


You must be eighteen years of age to be eligible to be certified. You will have to successfully complete the appropriate course of training through one of Ohio’s chartered fire training programs, which are located at multiple locations throughout the state, such as Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, or the Ohio Fire Academy.

Other Resources

Check out these websites for more information on becoming a firefighter / emergency medical technician (EMT):