Eduardo, Basic EMT and Basic CPR. I have worked in an system, where most of the paramedics, had their associate degree, along with their paramedic certification. It’s all one program. But, it’s not a requirement, for most employers. For the City of Dallas Fire Rescue, it is. Go to the Redwood City Fire Dept. Andy ask them what they did. That’s a good start. If you’re going to play this game, you may as well be a heavyweight. And that is, get both certifications. Firefighter, at a private/Jr. College and paramedic, on your own. Sometimes, you can get both at the same college.