Vantage's Firefighter Program currently offers Volunteer Firefighter, Firefighter 1 Transition, and Firefighter 1.  The Volunteer Firefighter class is 36 hours.  The Firefighter 1 Transition class is a minimum of 124 hours.  The Firefighter 1 class is a minimum of 160 hours.  The Firefighter 1 Transition and the Firefighter 1 classes require that students complete an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) of 16 hours and a basic first-aid/CPR class of 8 hours to obtain their final certification. 
Students who have completed an EVOC course within one year of the start date of the Firefighter class and have a certificate will be excused during that portion. Students who possess a current Emergency Medical Technician certification will be excused from the basic first-aid/CPR portion.  Students who complete these classes will receive a certificate and are eligible to take the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Medical Services certification exam for the appropriate level of Firefighter.

The Firefighter Program is governed by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Medical Services.  Vantage Career Center is issued Fire Charter 130 pursuant to Section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code. 
Fall 2020 Firefighter 1 – Orientation August 6, 2020; 
                                            Classes August 11, 2020-December 22, 2020
  • 174 class hours plus 16 hours for EVOC and 8 hours for basic first-aid/CPR if necessary
  • Classes will meet two nights a week from 6 pm to 10 pm and most Saturdays
  • Class size is limited 

Fall 2021 Firefighter 1 –   Orientation August 2021                                                     

                                             Classes August 2021-December, 2021 

  • 174 class hours plus 16 hours for EVOC and 8 hours for basic first-aid/CPR if necessary 
  • Classes will meet two nights a week from 6 pm to 10 pm and most Saturdays  
  • Class size is limited 
Volunteer Firefighter and Firefighter 1 Transition classes will be scheduled if there is sufficient demand.  Contact us if interested.
  • Applicants shall have not committed fraud, misrepresentation, or material deception in applying for or obtaining a certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapter 4765-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
  • Applicants shall have not been convicted of any of the following:  (1) any felony; (2) a misdemeanor committed in the course of practice; (3) a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. 
  • All applicants must complete the WorkKeys assessment with a minimum of “4” in each area. 
  • Firefighting students must not have a beard. 
  • Firefighter 1 Transition applicants must possess a valid Ohio Volunteer Firefighter certification. 
  • Firefighter 1 Transition and Firefighter 1 applicants must obtain an NFPA 1582 compliant physical. 
  • All applicants must complete the National Incident Management (NIMS) 100 course and 700 course prior to start of class.


  • Volunteer Firefighter – $435
  • Firefighter 1 Transition – $985
  • Firefighter 1 – $1,360
  • Books - $250
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) - $160 
  • First Aid/CPR - $80 
Firefighters continue to be in high demand especially in rural/volunteer areas.  Seventy percent of firefighters in the United States are Volunteer.  These training courses will prepare individuals for serving their local communities as well as give them a solid foundation to further their training as career/paid firefighters.

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with paramedic training will have the best job prospects. 
Job prospects for firefighters will be good despite the number of volunteer firefighters that qualify for career firefighter jobs. There will be positions open from those leaving the occupation.

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Faculty and Staff

Brian Ankney - Firefighter Training Program Coordinator/Instructor
Austin Miller – Instructor
Jon Jones – Instructor
David Cummings – Instructor
Craig King – Instructor
Doug Edelbrock – Instructor
Brian Sheets – Instructor
Robert Herber – Instructor
Chris Cline – Instructor
Russell Moorman – Instructor
Barrett Dorner – Instructor
Jarrett Funk – Instructor
Josh Anderson – Instructor

Contact Us

Brian Ankney
Brian Ankney
Firefighter Training Program Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2035
Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
Enrollment Coordinator / Customized Training Heathcare Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118