Fire & EMS Pathway

Program Overview:

Mission High School houses the only Fire/EMS program for high school students in San Francisco, founded in 2019. This program grew out of a partnership with SFFD, CCSF and SFUSD. Students receive in-class lecture and hands-on training with their instructors and field trips where they learn the skills needed to be a firefighter and EMT. 

Students participating in the program take elective dual enrollment classes, built into the normal school day, through SF City College where they get high school and college credit at the same time.  In the first year of the program, 11th grade students take Intro to Fire Science (FSC50) and Fire Prevention (FSC61a). Senior year students take an emergency medical technician prep course (EMT a & b) to prepare for the EMT100 compression course at CCSF the summer after they graduate in order to sit for the National Registry. 

The goal of the program is to help create an applicant pool that reflects the diversity of the city through exposing students to careers in public service, ranging from wild land and structural firefighter and EMT to dispatcher, paramedic, emergency department nurse and physician, to work in the disaster service arena with the Red Cross and FEMA. 

Field trip to the TransAmerica Building for a High Rise Drill with Engine 13 (Fall 2019)

Fire Science Instructors:

M. Elena Hillard M.Ed.

Mission High School Lead Teacher, Fire & EMS

Lt. Hashim Anderson

CCSF Lead Fire Teacher, Active Firefighter SFFD

Inspector Al Hom

CCSF Fire Instructor, Retired SFFD 

Lt. Jonathan Baxter

CCSF Fire Instructor, SFFD Public Informations Officer

EMT Instructor:

Christian Hernandez

CCSF EMT Instructor, Paramedic