The Dutton Fire Department announces the Summer 2021 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. This program is primarily designed for future emergency medical service personnel who are already members of the fire service. Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible to take National Registry certification exam, and apply for licensure through the State of Michigan.

Emergency Medical Technicians provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMT’s have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system. 
[From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]

Frequently asked questions


Dutton Fire Department

3471 68th Street SE. Caledonia, MI 49316

This program is an approved Initial Education Program licensed by the MDHHS-BETP (B-18-3345).


This program meets IN PERSON Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 10pm, and one Saturday per month from 8am to 5pm. The schedule can be downloaded here:


Monday, April 19th, 2021 @ 6:30PM

In addition to the orientation presentation, students will be fit tested for respirators by appointment prior to orientation.

Students must be present at orientation to participate in the program (no exceptions)



Payment plans are available. Please contact the program manager to set up a payment plan.

Includes: Textbook and online access code for MyLab BRADY for Mistovich, Prehospital Emergency Care, 11th edition, EMStesting.com & Platinum Scheduler access, student uniform shirt/ID, and 1st attempt National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam fee*

This program is funded by the Kent County Fire Training Committee using FY2021 firefighter training funds. Due to the nature of this program, students will be responsible for the full class tuition, and upon successful completion of all course criteria, will be issued a refund based on the total number of eligible graduates in the program. Amounts will vary based upon the number completing the course and available funding. A minimum of 15 firefighters must take part in this class to remain eligible for funding.

Firefighters must also register for this class in SMOKE to be eligible for funding.

  • Class Number: 2021-2-41-Q69C-0265
  • Course ID: Q69C
  • Course Name: Emergency Medical Technician BASIC


Students who wish to participate in this course must meet the following criteria:
• 18 years of age at time of course completion (9/29/21)
• High School diploma or GED
• Valid Driver’s License
• BLS CPR Card (available for separate fee if needed)
• Pass criminal history & background screening (EMT Only)
Students are required to show proof of certain immunizations

Applicants do not need to be a member of a fire department to register, however preference is given to members of fire departments due to the above mentioned funding requirements.


Students will need regular access to a reliable computer and smartphone/tablet with:

  • Recent operating system
  • Robust high-speed internet connection
  • Current Flash player
  • Active email account

Students need to be able to create user accounts, navigate a web-based learning platform, send and receive emails, attach files, and open attachments using common computer applications. In addition, this program utilizes an app based skills tracking program. Students without solid academic or computer skills should consider a traditional classroom format instead.

Computer requirements can be found HERE.


Registration is required. Anyone interested in attending should complete the registration form and make the $50 nonrefundable deposit by APRIL 7TH, 2021.

Enrollment is limited and will be accepted until the class is filled. (Students will be added to a waiting list and additional sessions may be added.) BDI and the Dutton Fire Department reserve the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment, at which time deposit/registration fees would be refunded. Late registration will be accepted at the discretion of the program manager. The remaining balance of $1900.00 is due by orientation (04/20/2021). Payment plans are available upon request.

Students who have poor driving records or have criminal history should consult the coordinator prior to beginning class, as this may preclude you from MDHHS licensure. Students who have been convicted of certain felonies are automatically precluded from certification. Read more about MDHHS licensure rules HERE.