Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Recruit School Training consists of two phases:
Emergency Medical Training
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Recruit School lasts for approximately 24 weeks. The first ten weeks is basic EMT training, which includes working alongside professional emergency responders to witness basic skills as a first responder. The next 14 weeks is Advanced EMT training which includes clinical rotations - working in the emergency room, fire station and on the ambulance. Clinical rotations provide the opportunity to experience real-life situations and allow hands-on use of practical skills taught in the classroom.
The typical 8-hour classroom day contains both lecture and practical exercise components.
Recruits must pass all major testing during both the basic EMT training and the Advanced EMT training, which includes weekly tests and a Cobb County Final Exam. Once the recruits have successfully completed the Cobb County final exam, they must pass the National Registry of EMT's written and practical test for both EMT and AEMT levels.
Fire Recruit school is approximately 12 weeks long. Typically, each day begins with physical fitness training, which involves running, strength training, or drills that will develop both personal fitness and teamwork. Recruits will have both classroom instruction and hands on training in a field environment on the fire ground, utilizing the IFSTA training manual 7th edition, "Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations". Recruits will physically demonstrate techniques on the fire training ground that they learned in the classroom environment.
At the end of the 12-week school, fire recruits will be tested for NPQ Firefighter 1, NPQ Firefighter 2 and NPQ Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations level to become certified Georgia firefighters.