Item Coversheet

Action Item - 51.

Title: Contract with City of Philadelphia Fire Department ($85,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 


City of Philadelphia Fire Department



Firefighter/EMT Training Program

 Start date: 7/1/2020

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $85,000 

Randolph, A. Philip Career and Technical High School

 Renewal Options:  Yes

 Number of Options: 3

 Duration of each option to extend: Years: 1  Months:
 Maximum compensation authorized per option period:   $93,500


The Firefighting/EMT Academy Program at Randolph Career and Technical High School includes theory and hands-on instruction in emergency medical services. The program is designed to provide quality, real-world training, which will increase the number of students who are qualified to become firefighters and emergency paramedics in the City of Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Fire Department provides firefighters who are certified as Emergency Medical Services instructors who will deliver Emergency Medical Technician training throughout the 2020-2021 school year. All instructors possess Emergency Medical Training (EMT) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certifications and will be preparing students to receive these certifications as well.


The Philadelphia Fire Department will assign three full-time Firefighter/Emergency Service Paramedics. The Emergency Medical Technician curriculum that will be taught at the school directly mirrors the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, EMT-Basic, and National Standard Curriculum. The instructors are responsible for teaching the class, preparing daily lesson plans, grading quizzes and tests, developing and coordinating Philadelphia Fire Department-sponsored activities for students, and conducting recruitment trips to middle schools to promote the Randolph Fire/EMT Academy as a viable option for students interested in the public safety profession. In addition to the full-time instructors, the Fire/EMT Academy will receive weekly visits and ongoing support from other personnel from the Philadelphia Fire Department, such as a Fire Lieutenant and a Fire Captain, who will provide additional workshops and resources to support the instructors and students.


All students participating in this program have the opportunity to receive EMT, BLS Healthcare (CPR and AED), First Aid, Hazmat Awareness and Hazmat Operations certifications and will be prepared to enter the public safety workforce. During the 2018-19 school year, a total of 65 students earned at least one certification, for a total of 102 certifications earned.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career   

 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 

June 27; 2019; No. 19

May 17, 2018; B-19

August 17, 2017; B-21

 Funding Source(s): 

FY20-21 Career Development

FY20-21 Perkins

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support