Fire/EMS Programs

Courses in this area, are designed to allow Firefighters or EMS professionals to continue to grow their skill level. The majority of courses in the EMS area meet the requirements for continuing education.

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Fire Fighter Courses and Continuing Education

Fire Fighter I * Fire Fighter II * Pumper Driver/Operation

Indian Hills can offer any of the above three classes at local fire departments through the volunteer firefighter’s training fund with no tuition charges to participants. Classes require a minimum of 12 students to qualify for use of the fund but participants from several departments may be grouped together to meet the minimum. Fire departments are responsible for supplying the appropriate textbook (as applicable) which may be purchased from the FSTB at a discount. Fire departments may maintain books to use on a loan out basis rather than purchasing them every time a course is conducted.

Properly qualified* instructors from your department can be utilized to teach the course(s) or Indian Hills can provide an instructor acceptable to the department. (*Instructors must be certified at the level of course they are teaching and have completed Fire Instructor training and must provide proof of both.)

A FFI class is held in the Ottumwa area every fall with sufficient enrollment. For more information about these courses or to schedule a class contact Lori Reeves at (800) 726-2585, ext. 5337 or (641) 683-5337 or email


Emergency Medical Services Courses

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

This PHTLS course is a hybrid format, where a portion of the course is taken online in an interactive, web-based format, followed by a one day face-to-face for skill station evaluations. This program is designed to provide the practicing prehospital and emergency care provider with a specific body of knowledge related to the prehospital assessment and care of the trauma patient. The course is based on the current National Association of Emergency Medical Technician’s (NAEMT’s) Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) 8th edition curriculum. Students are required to obtain a current PHTLS book for this course. Books are available through multiple on-line sources. Prerequisite: Licensure as an EMS provider or nurse. Access to the on-line portion of the course will be provided approximately 10-12 days before class.

Pre-registration Deadline: Oct 7

Oct 19 – Oct 19
Ottumwa Campus
Fri, 8:00AM – 4:30PM
(with an hour lunch on your own)
Video Conf Training Ctr
Room: 32- lower level
Tuition: $175.00, Card: $15.00
(Students must obtain a current 8th edition PHTLS text book on their own) 
Credit: 12.6 Contact hours for nursing, 15.0 CEH’s for EMS (FE)


EMS Continuing Education Courses

24-7 On-line EMS Continuing Education - Cost $60 per seat

Get high-quality video-based CE courses on-line, 24-7. Over 100 courses are available and range from 1-1.5 CEU’s for each class. Professionally produced, award winning videos feature nationally noted EMS subject matter experts Curriculums are structured to maximize learning and retention with integrated video, learning objectives, scenario practices, and support material. CAPCE, formerly CECBEMS (The Continuing Education Board for EMS) certificates may be printed at the end of the course allowing most courses to count as “Formal” or “FE” EMS continuing education for here in Iowa! National Registry has a limits of how many hours may be done via on-line classes, check with them for limits. Iowa has no limit of how many continuing education hours may be done on-line!

A “seat” allows an individual to take as many classes as they would like within a 12-month period, there is no limit! Individuals may register through the on-line registration process for continuing education. Register on-line or by sending payment via mail to include name, address, DOB & email. Once paid and registered participants will receive an email in 1-2 business days with directions to a secure web site and will be given an access code to access the courses and begin their 12-month period of enrollment.

On-line, available 24-7
Tuition: $60.00 per seat
Credit: Each class is worth 1-1.5 CEH’s - approved by CECBEMS (The Continuing Education Board for EMS)

EMS Instructor Update

This update is required once each recertification period for EMS instructors who wish to maintain their instructor (T) endorsement. Class is held on the Ottumwa Campus at the Advanced Technology Bldg, Continuing Education Conf Room.

Oct 09 – Oct 09
19/YR HEA 3100 601
Tues, 6:00PM -8:00PM, $10.00
Credit: 2.0 Contact hours for EMS (FE)

EMS Evaluator Workshop

This workshop is required for individuals who wish to become evaluators at EMS practical examination testing period. Current evaluators are not required to attend this class more than once. Class is held on the Ottumwa Campus at the Advanced Technology Bldg, Continuing Education Conf Room.

Oct 17 – Oct 17 
19/YR HEA 3100 602
Wed, 6:00PM - 8:00PM, $10.00
Credit: 2.0 Contact hours for EMS (FE)

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and EMT

With a minimum of 10 students a non-credit EMR or EMT class can be held right in your community. Please contact Lori Reeves (641-683-5337, a minimum of 6 weeks prior to anticipated/requested course start. Class schedules are flexible and will be developed based on both community/student needs and instructor availability. An informational meeting can be held with prospective students. Both programs are eligible for GAP tuition assistance. Additional scholarships covering up to 70% of course costs may be available to departments paying for students.

EMR- 66 hours, no clinical or ride time
EMT- 140 hours, 56 hours clinical/ride time.

Emergency Vehicle Safety (EVOS) Course

NAEMT's new EMS Vehicle Operator Safety (EVOS) course addresses the knowledge gap that leads to injuries and deaths, and focuses on the specific behaviors that need to be changed to create a culture of safe driving. Drawing on the most current research about the behaviors and other hazards that lead to crashes, EVOS features case studies and analysis of both common and catastrophic collisions. EVOS challenges EMS practitioners to reconsider their preconceptions about safe vehicle operations. Instructors can easily incorporate local laws, rules and policies into the curriculum.
Registration deadline is September 20, 2018.

Sept 27 – Sept 27
Ottumwa Campus
Thurs, 8:00PM – 4:30PM
Advanced Technology Ctr
Rm: 111A
Tuition: $100.00, Card: $10.00
Credit: 8.5 CEH’s for EMS (OE)

Tactical Emergency Causality Care (TECC)

Developed by NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, the TECC program uses lessons learned from our military and applies them to the civilian EMS world of tactical medicine. This 16-hour course covers topics designed to decrease preventable death in the tactical situation. While TECC has a tactical slant, it takes an all-hazards approach to providing EMS care outside the normal operating conditions of most EMS agencies, such as responding to a mass casualty or active shooter event.

Oct 13 – Oct 14
Ottumwa Campus 
Sat & Sun, 8:00AM – 5:00PM 
(with an hour lunch on your own)
Video Conf Training Ctr 
Room: 34- lower level
Tuition: $200.00, Card: $15.00 
Other Fee: $20 (disposables)
(Students must obtain a Military Version PHTLS 8th Edition ISBN 13- 9781284041750)
Credit: 15.5 Contact hours for nursing, 18.0 CEH’s for EMS (FE)

Annual Fire School

To stay up to date on our Annual Fire School that typically takes place in mid March you can follow their Facebook page for updates. When registration becomes available for the next Fire School, you will find information about the course on this page.

The next Fire School has been scheduled for Mar 16, 2019.

Social Media:

Stay updated with everything at the IHCC Fire School by following our Facebook page!

IHCC Fire School Facebook Page


For more information about these courses or to schedule a class contact the Indian Hills representative below: 

reeves_profileLori Reeves, Coordinator, Continuing Education and Workforce Solutions
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5337 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5337


Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.