Fire & Rescue

The Fire & Rescue Academy is a hands-on program for students interested in learning about a career in Fire & Rescue. This academy is for students interested in serving our community, building leadership skills and helping others. Students will have the opportunity to pull fire hoses, throw ladders, practice emergency medical skills and so much more.

Job Outlook


Required Courses

  • Work Seminar
  • Real-World Experience (EXPLORING Program - Bemidji Fire Department)

Choose at least five of the following:

  • Forensic Science
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy A or Anatomy B
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Technical Writing
  • Global Perspectives
  • Abnormal Psychology

Recommended Courses

  • Spanish I
  • Algebra II
  • Strength & Conditioning

Career Options

Where do Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics most often work?

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Public Safety; Fire hall, Law Enforcement center

Typical Working Conditions

  • Having face-to-face discussions
  • Working with a group or team
  • Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets
  • Close physical proximity with other people
  • Responsibility for others’ health & safety
  • Exposure to contaminants (Like gases or odors)
  • The importance of being accurate or exact
  • Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results
  • Exposure to hazardous equipment
  • Meeting strict deadlines
  • Using you hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls
  • Dealing with unpleasant or angry people
  • High levels of competition

Postsecondary Programs

Guy Schermerhorn

Guy Schermerhorn

Guy Schermerhorn is a graduate of Bagely High School. He began his teaching career in 2007 at the Nayatahwaush Community Charter School. He has been teaching at Bemidji High School since 2015 in the area of Mathematics.

He earned his BA in Physical Education from Concordia College and his Law Enforcement Transition Certificate/POST License from Alexandria Technical College. While teaching in Naytahwaush, he received his Special Education License from Bemidji State University Graduate School.
Guy Worked for the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office from 2002-2005 as a Patrol Deputy. He currently serves on the Shevlin Volunteer Fire Department and holds his FFT2/ Hazmat/ Water Rescue Certifications. During the spring and summer fire season, he works for the MN DNR as a Wildland Firefighter. He recently completed his National and Minnesota Certificate as an EMT.

He and his wife Aiden have three kids Taylen, Soren, and Peytra, numerous pets which include an adopted Boxer dog, three rabits, two cats, and horse. During the summer months he enjoys downtime on his hobby farm while swimming and kayaking on their lake.

Business & Industry Experience/Partners

“Students in the academy will participate in job shadowing, internships, and possible part-time employment with area businesses.”