Published on: June 04, 2010
Future firefighters and EMS personnel now have the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become state certified at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
The college, in conjunction with Porter Fire Department, is implementing a new Fire Sciences program to meet the growing need for trained fire professionals. Training will take place at the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Training Facility in Atascocita.
“The purpose of the program is to attain a Basic Structural Firefighter certification. At minimum, all professional firefighters in Texas must be certified as a basic structural firefighter,” said Tim Gibson, EMT adjunct faculty member at LSC-Kingwood. “This combined with an EMS certificate from the Texas Department of State Health Services will allow them to become a paid firefighter.”
The prerequisites, offered on campus, needed to begin the program are Emergency Medical Technical Basic and Clinical-Basic EMT. Once students complete the EMT basic class, they will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician test to become nationally certified. To earn their Basic Structural Firefighter certification, students must complete two semesters (32 hours) at LSC-Kingwood.
“The job market for firefighters has a constant demand. The market has continuous openings with Texas Forest Service as well as the major metropolitan cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The smaller, faster-growing suburban cities have proven to have a rising demand for skilled, certified firefighters to fill their staff,” Gibson said. “The market in these suburbs has a high demand for entry level firefighters.”
The Fire Sciences program will host information sessions at the college on June 24 from 10-11 a.m. in ADM 112 and on July 22 from 7-8 p.m. in ADM 107. Persons interested in the program and want to begin their EMT basic class this fall, must follow admissions requirements to the college, meet physical requirements and adhere to the vaccination prerequisite. For more information on the program, admission requirements, mandatory inoculations, cost and more call 281-318-4324 or go to http://www.lonestar.edu/fire-science-dept-kingwood (Pending Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board submission and approval). To get information on financial aid, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/financial-aid.htmor call 281-312-1606.
Register now for summer I, summer II and fall 2010 credit classes in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-591-6625. Former and current students can register online at www.LoneStar.edu/registration
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, Lone Star College System is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.