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New Member Tech Training Information

New to the organization? Here’s everything you need to know to complete the required technology training classes.

Step 1: Ask Yourself a Question: Have you taken an MCFRS Tech Training class since 2002?

If you have, you probably already have a website account (even if you don’t know about it). Contact Jeff Feiertag (jeff.feiertag@montgomerycountymd.gov / 240.777.2460) for the username and password. Please do not attempt to create another account; skip to step 3 below. If you try to create an account and you already have one, you'll create a mess that needs to be cleaned up on the back end of the system.

Step 2: Create a Tech Training Website Account.

  • Click the Yellow Quick Registration box.
  • Fill in the required fields and click the Create User box.
  • Wait for the system to tell you that the account has been accepted and click the Continue button.
  • Fill in the new fields that appear and click the OK button.

Step 3: See What is Available on the Website for You.

Click the red Students box and look around. This is your menu, so use whatever you would like.

Step 4: Read Course Descriptions for 800 MHz Radio, eMEDS, FireApp and MDC.

These courses (or the e-course alternatives) are required. For IECS-required classes, the breakdown for instructor-led classes and e-learning classes is pretty simple:

  • 800 MHz Radio Intro: Instructor-Led Course in the Training Lab
  • eMEDS
    • eMEDS Intro (for EMT Students): Instructor-Led Course in the Training Lab (at the tail end of EMT and not scheduled separately by the student)
    • eMEDS Transfer (for Students Who Took EMT Out-of-County or passed EMT at the PSTA prior to January 2016): Instructor-Led Course in the Training Lab (scheduled by the student)
    • eMEDS Assessment Test (for personnel who have EMT and eMEDS experience in other MD jurisdictions): In-Person Assessment Test in the Training Lab (scheduled by the student)
  • FireApp Intro: On-Line E-Learning Course and In-Person Assessment Test in the Training Lab
  • MDC Intro: On-Line E-Learning Course with On-Line Assessment Test

Step 5: Register for 800 MHz Radio (if Your LFRD is Not in the VBOC Program).

  • Click the Yellow Quick Registration box on the Tech Training Website after you have logged onto the website.
  • Find 800 MHz Radio (Intro) and register for the date/time of your choice. Note: 800 MHz Intro is covered in the county-wide VBOC program and Battalion 1 VBOC program, as well as new member training programs for KVFD and RVFD. You do not need to register for these if you are enrolled in one of those programs. You will receive the same class in that curriculum by the same tech training instructors but just don't need to register here.
  • Go to the training lab for your registered session and pass the assessment test given at the end of the course. (Note: No-Shows occur from time to time and so waitlisted students are advised to come to their classes with the hopes of taking advantage of open seats.)
  • This course is open to all members with no prerequisites.

Step 6: Learn about MCFRS and Continue through Your Non-Tech Classes. 

Continue to the point where you have registered for EMT-B and/or Essentials and then consider the ePCR, FireApp and MDC courses. You will not need to know these programs until you are ready for those PSTA courses. If you take these tech courses too soon, there will be too much time between learning the software and using it in the field.

Step 7: Take the FireApp Intro and MDC Intro E-Learning Classes.

These courses are all found in the Student menu (red box). Just follow the link for Computer-Based Training/E-Learning.

Step 8: Register for the Assessment Tests and Attend your Registered Sessions

Remember to register for your FireApp assessment test. Remember to come to the same training lab where you took the instructor-led classes to take the FireApp test. 

Step 9a: Take eMEDS Intro as Part of EMT at the PSTA.

While it used to be scheduled separately by each student, that is no longer the case. You will participate in eMEDS Intro when you are just on the cusp of getting to use the software in the field.

Step 9b: Take eMEDS Intro if you took EMT elsewhere in Maryland but do not have eMEDS experience in other MD jurisdictions.

This is an intro-level class but ensures that you will not be shut out of the process since most people take eMEDS Intro while in EMT class.

Step 9c: Take eMEDS Assessment Test if you took EMT and have eMEDS experience from another Maryland jurisdiction.

Personnel will only be permitted to take the assessment test if they meet the following criteria:
  • Have filled out and submitted an affiliation form so MIEMSS knows to add MCFRS to the EMT’s eMEDS account.
  • Show the instructor his/her current Maryland EMT card.
  • Be prepared to sign into State Bridge successfully as part of the in-lab test.
  • Be ready to fill out a report (properly) using Field Bridge based upon a scenario (to be provided).
Step 10: Inform Your Training Coordinator that You Have Passed the Class(es).

(S)he will verify your dates of completion on the Tech Training Website. You will be granted FireApp software login rights when you have been promoted to FF-1 or EMS-1. You will be granted eMEDS software login rights when you have been promoted to EMS-1.