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Fire Science & EMT

Fire Science

Fire Science Technology prepares students to become certified as a Firefighter while completing training in areas like fire suppression, search and rescue and basic first aid. Students will be immersed in fire training through drills in the burn trailer, operation of fire hoses for suppressing car and structure fires, extricating victims from car accidents and learning how to provide emergency first aid to patients.


Emergency Medical Technician-Basic prepares students to become licensed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) as an EMT-Basic. Licensing requires proficiency in skills performance and academic assessment. First-year seniors can complete the EMT portion of the Fire Science & EMT program. 

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Successful completion of the CTC Emergency Medical Technician program combined with licensure by the Missouri Division of Emergency Medical Services in accordance with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians may result in 8 hours of Articulated College Credit for students who enroll in Paramedics program offered at Metropolitan Community College (EMTP 150).

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic is offered to 12th grade students only. Students who have completed Fire Science Technology as 11th grade students are given enrollment priority. If slots are available, 12th grade students may be accepted as 1st year seniors.

  • Complete ensemble of personal protective equipment
  • Scott 2.2 self-contained breathing apparatus
  • A variety of specialized equipment, tools and appliances
  • A wide selection of extinguishment equipment
  • Thermal imaging camera for use during rescue and overhaul
  • Hydraulic rescue tools, power units, spreaders, cutters & rams
  • Live burn props allowing students to extinguish actual fires
  • Fire fighter safe practices & risk management
  • Proper use of fire fighter personal protective equipment
  • Proper care & use of self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Proper use of fire fighting equipment, tools and appliances
  • Methods of fire control and incident mitigation
  • Effective search, rescue & extrication techniques
  • Fire prevention & public education practices

Meet Captain Schoeppner

Meet Captain Troy Schoeppner

A retired captain from the Leawood Fire Department with over 25 years in the fire industry, Captain Schoeppner brings a lot of experience to the Fire Science & EMT classroom. The best part? His love of education! From designing demonstrations showing how fire interacts with various materials to running his students through ladder and gear drills, Captain Schoeppner leads the classroom with a mix of leadership and fun. In his spare time, he and his wife foster pets for the KC Pet Project. They recently just sent eight wiggly puppies to their fur-ever homes!

What His Students Are Saying

"My captain is the best. It’s his first year teaching, but you who have never guessed with how well he explains everything. What I really like about him though, is he believes in us. He knows that we can do it, even if we struggle here and there. And he is passionate about his job, which in return gets all of us students excited for it!" 

"Instead of burning random things, we get to understand how the fire moves. How it thinks and where it’ll go based off of the building construction."

"During the pandemic, my sense of normalcy disappeared. So being able to come to the CTC everyday and see people who are all diverse and interesting is so refreshing."