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Distance Learning Guidance: Fire Cadet/EMT Program


  • In a full distance learning model, students will meet with their teachers in real-time, following their school schedule, to receive direct instruction. This support will allow them to master both theoretical content and practical skills in preparation for requisite certification exams.
  • Professional development will be provided for teachers to adapt traditional classroom instruction to an online model at the systemic professional development day on August 26, 2020. Follow-up and additional training sessions regarding use of online platforms will be available.
  • Classes will meet daily on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays following the students’ school schedule. Wednesdays will be used for small group instruction, enrichment, and intervention.

Programmatic Support

  • Students will meet with their teachers in real-time to receive direct instruction. They will also be able to access recordings of lessons in order to revisit content they would like to review.
  • The Department of Career and Technical Education has gathered additional resources to assist teachers in transitioning to online instruction. (See Resources for Distance Learning.)
  • The Program Coordinator and Instructional Specialist will be available to assist the school-based coordinators/teachers with adapting their lessons and instructional strategies to online instruction.
  • Fire Cadets in Firefighter I and II will receive their instructional and co-curricular materials via the internet by email and/or Google Classroom. Student kits will be issued by PGFD prior to practicum sessions.

 Program and Scheduling Considerations

  • As a CTE completer program, students will need to attend their classes and complete formative and summative assessments as scheduled to ensure they meet the practical hours required by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. This may include attending full or partial sessions on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
  • Both 1st and 2nd-year students meet for a daily double-block. Teachers are expected to use this time for whole group and small group instruction as well as to provide group and independent classwork and project-based learning.
  • The Program Coordinator and Instructional Specialist will be available to assist teachers with facilitating access to the curriculum and strategies for supporting students with adapted co-curricular activities.

Resources for Distance Learning






Cadet Program  Reading References

The reading list is provided to assist PGFD instructors to guide students to reference materials and textbooks used during lectures and practical exercises. All instructional materials are accessed by e-books or textbooks.