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    Principles of Public Service


    Emergency Medical Responder

    911 Telecommunications


    First Responder students at the Florida State Fire College.   KSC Tour










    Welcome to the First Responder program!

    In our program First Responder students will receive training in the basics of firefighting, emergency medical services, and 911 Telecommunications. In our Principles of Public Service course, we introduce students to a wide array of public service professions. Public safety careers are team oriented. We help students build a foundation of teamwork, engagement, and leadership, while instilling a safety-focused mindset. 

    The First Responder program is a two-year program at MTI, including four one-semester courses. In their junior year, students may apply to the Career Academy for the discipline they would like to pursue. They will have the opportunity to earn their certifications for EMT I and Firefighter I, or 911 Telecommunicator.

    At MTI, students will be working with the tools and equipment utilized in each field. They will learn how to use, service, and maintain the equipment to better prepare themselves for their certification courses. This will include ladders, hoses, bunker gear, bandages, splints, computers, apparatus, and much more. Our program operates a fire engine and ambulance to enhance student learning through realistic evolutions.


     Fire extinguisher training at the Florida State Fire College   Student engagement


    This course would not be possible without the generous assistance of the Florida State Fire College, Marion County Fire Rescue, Ocala Fire Rescue, Marion County Public Safety, Ocala Police Department, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Each of these organizations provide equipment, personnel, and instructors to assist with student training.


     EMR Students   OFR Engine 1









    Again, public safety is all about teamwork. Public safety is also about giving back to the community. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in community events in Ocala and Marion County to show our support for the citizens of our community.


    Captain Austin McKinney   Capt. McKinney speaking to the school board.












    Parents, if you have questions please contact me any time at richard.rifley@marion.k12.fl.us - I also encourage everyone to look at the information provided on all of the First Responder web pages.

    Thank you for joining us here at MTI. I look forward to a productive and exciting year!

    Chief Rick Rifley


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    The National 9/11 Memorial Flag

    The National 9/11 Memorial Flag