Course Description: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a sequence of courses that prepares qualified individuals to enter the emergency medical profession with the basic knowledge, critical thinking abilities, attitudes and basic life support skills needed for professional entry-level competence, patient advocacy and continued educational growth throughout their career as a healthcare provider. We will provide a learning environment that promotes program completion, graduation and success after graduation, whether in employment or further higher education.


On behalf of Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services (CCFES), welcome to our training academy for emergency medical technician instruction.

Our training and educational programs are designed to provide an economical, long-standing learning opportunity for blood pressure checksstudents with an interest in becoming certified or licensed professionals. Training academy programs will enable students to obtain the knowledge, skills, and proper professional attitude necessary to succeed in the field of fire and emergency medical services (EMS). Many of our programs are designed to support agency training needs through careful analysis of the most current continuous quality improvement (CQI) data, national and state requirements such as recertification courses, and requested educational classes from our line personnel. The training staff is here to provide services that encourage and stimulate competency, innovation, and increased effectiveness.

The online program layouts are available to assist in your transition from the training academy to an emergency medical profession and/or a fire related field by providing an overview of our programs and the policies and procedures of Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services training academy. The materials and resources within this program, as well as those used throughout the course modules are evaluated on a continuous basis and reflect current practices. They are reviewed and updated annually to ensure performance indicators are met. All students currently enrolled in a program are subject to any revisions and changes within the training academy manual.

EMT students using constrictive deviceThere is a multitude of department, academy, state, and national policies and procedures that must be adhered to in order to be successful as an EMT student. If you have any questions regarding policies, contact your instructor or any of our technically proficient support staff for further assistance.

Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services is currently accredited as a paramedic program, which has established a blueprint to develop strategic and program action plans and to enhance your mobility (i.e., reciprocity) among states as an EMS provider.

The training academy staff wishes you success as a student with the Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services training academy, as well as in your career as a future public safety professional.


Clayton County Training Academy Staff


Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services offers Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training to its employees and outside students in a "shift friendly" schedule. The course is presented in a hybrid format with both online components and mandatory classroom sessions. 

This course seeks to develop the student's knowledge of anatomy & physiology, emergency medical care, and emergency operations through specific readings, lectures/seminars, online discussions, examinations, and written assignments. 


Emergency Medical Technician Program:

EMT Instructor - Lt. Kristy Lee, BS, NRP, Level III Instructor

Lt. Kristy Lee

Lieutenant Kristy Lee has been working for Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services since 2013. Prior to her decision to work in the public safety sector, she attended Gordon State College, receiving an Associates degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, as well as obtained her Bachelors at Clayton State University in Psychology and Criminal Justice. In additional, she holds certification in building construction/framing from Griffin Technical College and certifications from the GBI in various topics. 

While attending college she worked as a stable manager and taught children with mental disabilities. Just prior to entering the fire service, she worked for LA fitness as a personal trainer, which fits her personality and healthy lifestyle. Since joining the Training Division, Lt. Lee has been tasked with instructing new employees in introductory medical emergencies through EMT class and assisting with the physical training program for the recruit classes. Lt. Kristy Lee is married with three children.


High School FIRE/EMS Pathway Program

pathway students with fire chief

PHOTO:  Fire Chief Landry Merkison and Staff at Charles R. Drew High School recruiting new Fire/EMS Pathway students.

We are excited to introduce Clayton County's High School FIRE/EMS Program. High School seniors who have chosen the Firefighter Pathway program as a career path are taught emergency medicine at the Clayton County Regional Training Center. 

Our highly skilled and experienced professional firefighter/paramedic instructors are ready to lay the foundation needed for the high school students to be successful in the public safety profession. 


High School Pathway Program:

 EMT Instructor - Lt. Trent Baker, BS,  Level III Instructor

Lt. Trent Baker

Paramedic/Lieutenant, Level III Instructor

Hailing from Ola, Georgia, Trent Baker has served more than 16 years with Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services. After joining in 2003, his first 7 years of employment were spent in the Operations Division, serving 3 tours at stations 8, 9, and 4 respectively. He obtained his Paramedic licensure in 2007, and was promoted to Paramedic Sergeant shortly thereafter. He was reassigned to the Training Division in 2010 where he would be promoted to Paramedic Lieutenant. He is a licensed State of Georgia Level III Paramedic instructor, as well as a certified BLS, ACLS, and PALS instructor through the American Heart Association. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medical Services Administration, and also the certifications of NPQ Firefighter I &II, Fire Instructor, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire and Life Safety Educator, P.O.S.T. Instructor, and Critical Care Paramedic. In 2015 Lt. Baker was reassigned to the EMS Division and tasked with implementing the department’s inaugural Community Paramedicine program. His dedication to the program and commitment to providing compassionate care to citizens of Clayton County earned him the CCFES Chief’s award in 2016. In 2019 he was reassigned to the Training Division, and tasked with being the lead instructor to the inaugural CCFES High School EMT Pathway program. He and his beautiful wife Karol have one daughter, with another child due in February 2020.

High School EMT students in classroomThe high school EMT program is a component of the larger High School Firefighter/EMS Pathway Program, in which high school students are focused on a career in public safety, specifically the fire service. Each qualified student has completed 2 years of preparation work by attending and passing the initial public safety orientation course and the introduction to firefighting course at our training academy. 

High School seniors complete the program by committing themselves to a stringent EMT schedule designed to not only prepare them for taking the National Registry exam upon graduation, but also getting them ready for a guaranteed career opportunity with Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services after graduation. The graduating class of 2020 will be the first group of Clayton County seniors to achieve this incredible opportunity. 

Last modified: Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 11:43 AM